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Australia Covid cases rising but peak before Christmas still predicted

Infections climbing at slower pace than last month and death rate stable but experts say reporting changes making numbers harder to interpret

Covid cases are continuing to rise across Australia, but health authorities remain confident the peak will hit before Christmas.

Cases have more than doubled in New South Wales and Victoria compared with the beginning of November, and jumped by 20% in the space of a week. The numbers build on the increases recorded last week of 10-15%.

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