Tasmania considers dropping some check-ins
Tasmania is considering dropping check-in requirements for a host of venues as active coronavirus case numbers decline.
The island state recorded 726 new infections on Thursday, with active cases sitting at 5026, continuing a downward trend since January 19.
"In terms of what we're seeing in our broader, overall numbers the trend is heading in the right direction," Premier Peter Gutwein told reporters.
Tasmanians are required to check-in using the Check in TAS application, although exposure sites haven't been published for several weeks.
"A review is underway to determine whether the app should remain in place only for certain high-risk settings such as aged care, hospitals, large mass gatherings or festivals," Mr Gutwein said.
"We'll have more to say in coming weeks as we continue to transition (to living with COVID)."
There are 24 people with COVID-19 in hospital, with 12 of those being treated specifically for the virus - a slight increase from Wednesday's figure of 11.
There are no patients in intensive care, a fall from two reported on Wednesday.
The remaining 12 COVID-19 positive people in hospital are being treated for unrelated medical conditions.
"I think we're past the peak of the wave," State Public Health Director Mark Veitch said.
"The fact the community acquired case numbers have come down and stabilised around 6-700 means we've plateaued."Â
Mr Gutwein said the state government would meet with the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Education Union (AEU) to discuss their concerns with the back-to-school plan for February 9.
Every student will be given a pack ahead of term one that includes two rapid antigen tests, masks and virus safety information.
Mr Gutwein said the packs will be distributed to government schools next week.
The AEU has raised concerns about staffing levels and ventilation in classrooms.
Mr Gutwein says the education department has a "substantial pool" of 1700 relief teachers to call on should teachers catch the virus or be forced to isolate as a close contact.
Tasmania has recorded four deaths, all in the past week, since reopening borders to mainland hotspots on December 15.
The island state has had 17 virus deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the popular Overland Track is returning to full multi-day booking capacity for the first time since initial lockdowns.
It will allow 34 walker departures per day, 10 more than the current limit.
"When the booking season opened on 1 July for the October to May walking season, we saw unprecedented demand from visitors," Acting Parks Minister Guy Barnett said in a statement.