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The ABC reported that it took NSW 731 days to reach the official total of 1 million cases, and 75 days to go from 1 million to 2 million. And according to unofficial figures, 75 days may not have been used.
Australia's most populous state, NSW Health reported 15,683 cases today, bringing the state's total since the outbreak began to more than 2 million.
The ABC noted that the 2 million figure was an official figure and the actual number of cases could be much higher.
It took only 100 days for NSW to see cases soar by one million .
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said on Wednesday the estimated number of cases had been underreported by about 50 per cent because some infected people were asymptomatic or had not reported mild cases.
According to this, the total number of cases in NSW had already topped 2 million three weeks ago.
John Kaldor, head of global health at UNSW's Kirby Institute, said a 50 per cent underreporting rate was probably the lowest level for a reasonable estimate. If you count the number of re-infections (aka secondary infections), it is equivalent to one-third of the NSW population who have been infected with the new crown.
A NSW Health spokesman said the state's reinfection rate figures were not yet known.
The time it takes for infected people to go from 1 million to 2 million has been shortened due to an outbreak of a mutant strain of Omicron and the easing of restrictions.Figures from NSW Health show that between November last year and February this year, Delta infections accounted for 43 per cent, and now the new cases are all infected with the Omicron variant.
Omicron BA.2 has become the dominant strain in NSW
NSW health and government authorities have been urging people to focus on hospital admissions data rather than case numbers as the state transitions to coexistence with the virus.
But Professor Kaldor said it was important to know the number of cases, as it helped the authorities to plan for the outbreak.
"We need to know if there will be a surge in demand for hospital services and intensive care. The number of cases will also be important for developing the next phase of the vaccine strategy, including which groups will be required to receive the fourth dose next."
The NSW death toll has surpassed 2500 since the pandemic began.
Data from the Department of Health shows that the death rate from infection with the early mutant strain, or Delta mutant strain, has reached about 1%.
Since the Omicron variant emerged in late November last year, the death rate has been much lower, at about 0.1%.
Likewise, the hospitalization rate for people infected with Omicron is low, about 1%. During the Delta outbreak, the hospitalization rate was 10%.
Professor Kaldor said Australians were now seeing the pandemic as "a normal part of life", but that didn't mean it was over.
He said that over the past two years, the new coronavirus has shown us its ability to mutate.
"The virus has changed, its characteristics have changed, and then the response needs to change as well. While we hope it continues to be milder, it may mutate into a strain that causes the infected person to have more severe symptoms, or more severe symptoms. Avoid vaccines."
While Australia maintained a low number of cases in the first two years of the pandemic, other countries reached the one million case milestone faster. It took only 3 months for the United States to reach 1 million total cases.
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