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Active cases continue downtrend

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Recoveries from COVID-19 continue to outpace new infections in the latest 24-hour figures released on Saturday morning. 

1470 people were released from isolation in the last 24 hours, versus 1139 new cases.

It's dropped Tasmania's active case count further to 7108, although the actual number is believed to be far higher. 

One person is in intensive care, the first patient shifted to an ICU during this Omicron wave, while another nine are in hospital specifically for COVID-19.

There has been a mixed reaction to the latest numbers. 

"The Gutwein Government is taking no real steps to contain spread of this deadly, disabling virus, many more Tasmanians are likely to get sick. Some will die and huge numbers will suffer debilitating long Covid, a scientific truth not yet acknowledged by the Premier or Public Health," said Greens Leader Cassy O'Connor. 

"Yesterday, evidence of the Gutwein Government’s hands-off approach to the virus was evident at the Ashes match. A look at pictures of the crowd confirms vast numbers of cricket fans not wearing masks. The Ashes shows all the signs of being another government-enabled superspreader, like Party in the Apocalypse."

However, the Premier insists the Omicron variant is milder than Delta. 

"Importantly, the current evidence continues to show that the Omicron strain, while highly transmissible, is significantly less severe," said Peter Gutwein. 

"It is important we make this transition, so that we can return to a more normal way of life, with COVID to be treated as we would other common influenzas and respiratory illnesses."

In Victoria 106 people with the coronavirus have died this week, another 23 lives lost yesterday, as well as just over 25,500 new infections.

There were nearly 49,000 new cases in NSW and 20 deaths.