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Daily cases remain inflated amid subvariant wave

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The state's daily COVID infection count remains high in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

1779 new cases were recorded across Tasmania and the active case count has surged further from around 8500 to 9105, the highest since the pandemic began.

The number of people being treated specifically for coronavirus in hospital has dropped to five but three of those are still in intensive care.

There have been no new deaths.

"The new BA.2 strain of Omicron is highly transmissable; it's not however translating to higher numbers in hospital which is positive and we're not seeing that increase in serious illness," Premier Peter Gutwein said during his COVID update on Friday, 

"In fact, case numbers in hospitals compared to active cases is a declining trend." 

Director of Public Health Dr Mark Veitch has run through how the rising wave has unfolded in the state.

"The increase started in the North West about a month ago, was followed a week or so ago by an increase in the North and now the increase is most marked in the South and this corresponds very closely to the timing of increases in the BA.2 variant of Omicron in each of the regions," he said.

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