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New death and highest infection rates in nation

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The Department of Health has revealed Tasmania has one of the highest per-capita rates of COVID infection in the country.

2408 new cases and a new death were recorded in Wednesday's numbers, taking the state's pandemic toll to 32.

Health Minister Jeremy Rockliff confirmed a man in his Iate 70s passed away in the North West Regional Hospital Intensive Care Unit with COVID on April 2nd. 

"I would like to pass on my sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of the man who sadly passed away," he said.

More than 100,000 cases of coronavirus have now been recorded since borders reopened in mid-December.

That means roughly 1 in every 5 Tasmanians has caught the disease.

With an average daily infection number of around 2000 in recent weeks, about 0.4% of Tasmania's population is getting infected every day.

In comparison, New South Wales is currently notching up around 20,000 new cases each day, or about 0.25% of its population.

In Victoria, the rate is lower at 0.18% based on recent daily case numbers of about 12,000, while Queensland is similar.

"We are one of the highest per capita," Deputy Director of Public Health Dr Julie Graham told the ABC.

"We appear to have peaked earlier than other states but they're certainly seeing numbers rise at the moment and the national modelling shows those numbers will come down towards end of April." 

There are currently 39 people in Tasmanian hospitals with COVID including one in intensive care and of these, 19 are being treated specifically for the virus.

"Importantly, while case numbers are currently elevated associated with the BA2 variant outbreak, hospitalisation rates remain low," Mr Rockliff said.

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