As the Omicron variant takes over as the dominant strain of COVID, both New South Wales and New York have seen a rapid surge in daily case numbers. Just a few weeks ago, New York State was recording less than 5,000 cases a day, comparatively less than other US states. But, since December, the state has reached record case numbers reaching 20,439 on 20 December and with a 7-day average of 869 cases per million people.

NSW has similarly seen record-breaking numbers, with the state announcing its highest number yet on 22 December with 3,763 and with a 7-day average of 320 cases per million people per day. 

December 2021 COVID-19 case numbers: NSW v NY

December 2021 COVID-19 case numbers: NSW v NY