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Australia’s Covid-19 death toll rises above 10,200

Australia’s Covid-19 death toll has surpassed 10,200 as Prime Minister Anthony Albanese appeals for people to consider a fourth vaccine dose.

More than 37,000 new infections and 77 deaths were reported across Australia on Saturday with Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5 now the dominant strains of the virus.

Almost 42,000 cases were announced nationally on Friday, the third 40,000-plus day in a row, and 35 fatalities were recorded, taking the national toll to 10,225.

Federal government data shows Victoria recorded the highest number of deaths, followed by NSW and Queensland, with the three states together accounting for 9035 of the national Covid-19 deaths.

The number of Australians hospitalised with the virus tops 4000, up by more than 1000 in the past…

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