Warnings on variants as COVID-19 cases rise again

Victoria's CHO Professor Brett Sutton is bracing for more hospitalisations and cases as the BA.4/BA.5 variant takes hold around the country

COVID-19 cases are again on the rise across Australia, with the latest Omicron sub-variant BA.4/BA.5 on track to become the major strain, amid warnings of reinfections and increased hospitalisations.

Professor Brett Sutton.

BA.4/BA.5 represented more than 30% of specimens in NSW in the week ending 18 June, up from 23% the previous week, according to the state's respiratory surveillance reports.