A further 28 COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded in Australia.
Victoria and NSW both recorded 14 deaths.
In NSW, where 8,752 new COVID-19 cases were recorded on Tuesday, there are 1,293 patients in hospitals across the state, 71 of which are in intensive care units.Advertisement
Victoria reported 6,786 new infections.
There are 345 patients in Victorian hospitals, with 48 in ICU.
Meanwhile, Victoria is easing indoor mask-wearing and working from home rules and bringing back elective surgery under changes to COVID-19 pandemic health orders.
The changes, including the removal of requirements for Victorians to work or study from home, come into effect from 11.59pm on Friday, Health Minister Martin Foley said on Tuesday.
“Victorians have done such a great job getting vaccinated so we’re able to take safe steps to get more people to return to the office,” he said.
But masks will be required on public transport, in taxis and rideshares, on planes and in airports and at hospitals and care facilities.