The Chilli Season

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946 new cases, debate on restrictions

coronavirus update

The Premier is resisting calls to tighten up restrictions and mask rules in Tasmania, in response to the latest COVID numbers.

Another 946 cases were reported in the latest 24-hour period, while 21 people are being treated specifically for the coronavirus in hospital.

The Greens say it's time to crack down on the spread.

Premier and Health Minister Jeremy Rockliff has told Parliament the omicron wave has peaked.

"Although we continue to see some daily fluctuations, the 7-day average has been consistently around 1000 COVID positive cases per day since the start of this month," he told Question Time.

"Are you not concerned about that?" Greens MP and epidemiologist Rosalie Woodruff interjected.

"The pressure on healthcare workers, ambulance and hospital functioning is immense, our COVID cases continue at high levels and winter is rapidly approaching," she said.

"Vaccine immunity levels among Australians are dropping."

But Premier Rockliff is ruling out any kneejerk responses. 

"I want to assure all Tasmanians that we are removing the restrictions safely, sensibly in line with national and Tasmanian public health advice."

The number active infections across the state sits at 5335 and one COVID hospital patient is in intensive care - down from two on Wednesday.