Australia’s COVID-19 infections hit global highs – and experts predict another spike in Omicron variant to come

Australia became world leader this week.

But it wasn’t an engineering feat or some sporting achievement – it was an unwelcome title.

According to global databases, Australia led the world with per capita COVID infections (if you ignore the small islands of Montserrat, Anguilla and the Falklands).

On Friday, 54,591 cases were reported across Australia, after two consecutive days of about 58,000 cases, with Western Australia bracing for new infection records.

Saturday’s numbers moved the official seven-day average to more than 48,000 daily cases, leaving Australia behind only Germany and the US in all-new daily cases.

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