January 18 coronavirus pandemic and Omicron variant news

By Jack Guy, Ed Upright, Aditi Sangal, Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 6:57 a.m. ET, January 19, 2022
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5:47 a.m. ET, January 18, 2022

Australia reports deadliest day of Covid-19 outbreak

From CNN's Hilary Whiteman in Brisbane

Australia reported at least 74 deaths from Covid-19 on Monday, the highest number of daily deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, according to figures from state health departments.

The total included 36 in New South Wales, 22 in Victoria and 16 in Queensland. Other states and territories are yet to report their daily figures.

The previous record daily death toll nationwide was 57 on January 13, health department statistics showed.

In New South Wales -- the state reporting the highest number of daily deaths in the country -- 93.8% of people aged 16 or above have received two vaccine doses as of Monday, NSW Health said. A total of 26.5% have had three vaccine doses, it added.