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NSW records 17 deaths as hospitalisations surge

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NSW has reported 17 deaths and a rise in hospital admissions despite a decrease in COVID-19 case numbers. While in Victoria, authorities have begun handing out millions of rapid antigen tests to essential workers and vulnerable people.

It comes as WA braces for more cases, after Health Minister Amber Jade Sanderson announced two new cases on Sunday — a man and a woman, who were both reportedly infectious while in the community. One other case related to an interstate arrival had also been recorded, and was in self-quarantine.

The new cases prompted Premier Mark McGowan to reintroduce mandatory mask face wearing for people across Perth and Peel.

Camera IconHealth Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson addresses media on the latest COVID exposures Simon Santi Credit: Simon Santi/The West Australian

Read the latest State-by-State developments:

Deaths, hospital admissions rise in NSW


NSW has reported 29,504 new COVID-19 cases along with a further 17 virus-related deaths.

Hospital numbers continue to rise, with the State’s hospitals now caring for 2776 COVID-19 patients – 126 more than the day before.

Some 203 people are in intensive care with COVID-19, an increase of 12.

At the peak of the Delta outbreak last September, there were 244 COVID-infected people in ICUs.

Of the newly reported cases on Monday, 17,646 were recorded via traditional PCR tests and 11,858 were from at-home rapid tests reported to the government.

A health care worker in southwestern Sydney
Camera IconNSW hospitals are now caring for 2650 COVID-19 patients with 191 in intensive care beds. Credit: AAP

More than 1000 of the rapid test results were more than a week old, but newly reported through ServiceNSW.

The total number of positive results reported was 5156 fewer than the day before.

NSW Police will on Wednesday officially begin enforcing a $1000 fine for people who fail to report rapid results, although it remains to be seen how they will do so in practice.

Some 93.8 per cent of all eligible adults in NSW are now double dosed, while 26.1 per cent have also received a booster jab. Of children aged 5-11, 13.1 per cent are now single vaccinated.

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant is expected to address the media on Monday morning, as Premier Dominic Perrottet announces new support for major events affected by the Omicron outbreak.

ICU numbers rise in Victoria

Victoria has recorded 22,429 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths as authorities begin handing out millions of rapid antigen tests to essential workers and vulnerable people.

The new infections confirmed by the Health Department on Monday include 12,059 from PCR tests and 10,370 from RATs.

It brings the total number of active cases in the state to 245,040, including a record 1229 patients in hospital.

Monday’s patient number is an increase of 115 on the 1114 reported on Sunday.

The number of people in ICU has grown by seven to 129 with 38 on ventilation, three more than the previous day.

Camera IconThere are more than 1000 people in hospital with Covid in Victoria. NCA NewsWire / Andrew Henshaw Credit: News Corp Australia

The figures come as the State government on Sunday received three million of the 44 million RATs it ordered.

Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters the three million tests will be distributed to essential workers in health and aged care, disability and emergency sectors.

Victorians with pre-existing conditions, which make them susceptible to severe illness, will also be prioritised for a RAT.

Sixty community and multi-faith organisations will also receive a share of the tests.

The state will also on Monday begin transferring the first of up to 300 patients to two new medi-hotels to free up hospital beds.

Two Melbourne quarantine hotels – Pullman on Swanston and Mantra in Epping – have been transformed into medical facilities to treat COVID-19 patients.


NSW – 29,504 new cases, 17 deaths

VIC – 22,429 new cases, six deaths







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