Another 428 Covid cases have emerged in Tasmania – more than three times the number of cases the island reported the day before. 

The number of active cases in the state has hit 938 with most being managed at home.  

One hospital patient is being treated specifically for Covid symptoms, while another person with Covid is being treated for an unrelated medical condition.

Another 428 Covid cases have emerged in Tasmania, almost doubling active cases on the island state to 938

Another 428 Covid cases have emerged in Tasmania, almost doubling active cases on the island state to 938

Tasmania was free of the virus when it reopened to fully vaccinated travellers from mainland hotspots on December 15. 

The island state’s government chose to wait until the population was 90% vaccinated unlike the majority of other states that opened at 80%. 

On Friday, Tasmania had reported 137 new cases and had 520 active cases.

Before opening Tasmania, with population of more than 541,000, had 238 cases in total and 13 deaths. 

Tasmania was free of the virus when it reopened to fully vaccinated travellers from mainland hotspots on December 15

Tasmania was free of the virus when it reopened to fully vaccinated travellers from mainland hotspots on December 15

On Thursday it scrapped the requirement for travellers to take a PCR rest in the 72-hour period before travel to the state, moving to a rapid antigen test one day before arriving.

Other Australian states have continued to break records as case number increase. 

NSW kicked off 2022 with another record number of 22,577 Covid cases on Saturday while Victoria’s numbers continue to rise with 7,442 new cases. 

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