Last month was Australia’s deadliest since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with 1,772 deaths across the country.
Over the past seven days, Australia has recorded 275,335 additional cases of Covid-19 and 620 deaths, according to Covid Live.
However, the national weekly average of new cases has been declining since July 24.
Victoria peaked last Tuesday at 11,783 cases and the number has fallen every day since, while the number of NSW cases has been falling since Thursday.
Flu cases peaked in May and are falling, signaling that the worst may be over for the Australian winter.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told the Today program on Tuesday that comprehensive modeling suggested her condition would peak in late August.
On Monday, Queensland recorded 4,303 new cases, with 782 people being treated in hospital.
That’s a significant reduction from the 1,023 cases hospitalized last Wednesday.
“What we’ve seen in the last two days is a decline in hospitalizations of people with Covid and flu,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“We’ll be watching this over the next two days and crossing our fingers we may have been through the worst, but time will tell.”
The Premier of Queensland said the pressures on the state’s hospital systems were not isolated but part of a national crisis.
In Victoria, 802 people are in hospital with Covid-19, while in New South Wales, 2,289 cases are receiving treatment in hospital.
Ms Palaszczuk reminded Australians that there are simple measures to reduce the spread of the virus within the community.
“Let me say very seriously, I have encouraged people to wear masks and get their reminders, to wear masks indoors and where they can social distance,” she said.
“If you’re sick, stay home and don’t go to work.”
Originally published as Qld expected to reach peak of Covid-19 outbreak in coming weeks