Tasmania records 584 new COVID-19 cases

Tasmania has reported 584 new COVID-19 infections, with 19 people in hospital.
Tasmania has reported 584 new COVID-19 infections, with 19 people in hospital.

Tasmania has recorded 584 new COVID-19 cases, the state's lowest daily figure since early January.

There are now 4942 documented active cases, continuing a downward trend since January 19.

Some 19 people are in hospital with COVID-19, with nine of those being treated specifically for the virus.

One person is in intensive care.

The remaining 10 people with the virus in hospital are being treated for unrelated medical conditions, the state health department says.

Friday's daily case figure is the lowest since January 3. Hospitalisations rates have fallen since the beginning of the week.

Premier Peter Gutwein has indicated the state government is considering dropping check-in rules for a host of venues as case numbers dip.

A review is being undertaken to determine whether the Check in TAS app should only be used for high-risk settings such as aged care, hospitals and mass gatherings.

Tasmania has recorded four coronavirus deaths since reopening to mainland hotspots on December 15.

The state has reported 17 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, the majority occurring during an outbreak in the northwest in early 2020.

Australian Associated Press