Deaths from COVID-19 on their way to 10,000

More than two years after the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia is likely to record 10,000 deaths from the virus within days.

NSW and Victoria recorded a further 40 deaths in the last 24 hours, with 23 in NSW and 17 in Victoria.

The national death toll from the virus stood at 9,837 on Wednesday, and the 10,000 milestone is likely to be reached over the weekend.

There is sometimes a delay between the occurrence of a death from COVID-19 and notifying authorities.

Meanwhile, in Queensland, vaccinations are no longer mandatory for visitors to hospitals, aged care facilities, disabled accommodation and prisons.

Workers in high-risk environments such as early childhood education, primary and secondary education, prisons, youth detention centers and airports are also exempt, unless they are required to be vaccinated by employers.

Testing on arrival for international visitors to Queensland has also been dropped.

Meanwhile, the Howard Springs quarantine facility in the Northern Territory, which opened in February 2020, will close on Thursday.

The facility will remain intact in case it is ever needed again.

More than 60,000 people have been quarantined at the facility in the past two years.

It also provided an avenue for thousands of Australians trapped abroad to return home.

In the busiest center of the centre, employees looked after up to 2000 people every two weeks.

LATEST 24-HOUR COVID-19 DATA:

NSW: 11,504 cases, 23 deaths, 1,534 hospitalized with 37 in ICU

Victoria: 9,926 cases, 17 deaths, 465 in hospital, 21 in ICU

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