Australia NSW records 18,512 COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths as ICU admissions drop

04:21  25 january  2022
04:21  25 january  2022 Source:   smh.com.au

NSW records 34,660 new COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths

  NSW records 34,660 new COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths NSW has recorded 34,660 new COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths in the latest reporting period. Of the new cases, 20,978 were positive PCR test results, while 13,682 were from rapid antigen testing. There are currently 2650 people in hospital, of whom 191 are in intensive care units. More than 25 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received their COVID-19 booster shots.

NSW has recorded 18,512 new COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths as intensive care admissions drop and experts predict the Omicron wave is near its peak.

There are 2943 people in hospital with the virus, up from the 2816 recorded on Monday. Of the hospital admissions, 183 are in intensive care units, down from 196.

The new infections were detected from 9090 at-home kits and 9422 PCR tests.

Almost 34 per cent of people aged 18 and older have received a booster shot, while 28.7 per cent of children five to 11 have received one vaccine dose.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said that the falling intensive numbers and stabilising hospitalisations were "pleasing".

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"What we are seeing is a plateauing of the numbers here and hospitalisations," Mr Perrottet said on 2GB on Tuesday morning.

"If you think back to the Delta outbreak we had at a peak the ICU admissions at 244.

"We continue to track here in NSW better than our best-case scenario. That doesn't mean our hospital system is not under pressure."

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Mr Perrottet defended the decision to cancel most category 2 and 3 elective surgery in NSW to free up capacity in the hospital system, as new data shows thousands of Australians are suffering pain and discomfort as they wait for elective surgery delayed by the pandemic.

"As soon as we get the advice that we can bring back non-urgent elective surgery we will do so," he said.

England, Wales and NI record 70,924 COVID cases and 88 deaths in last 24 hours

  England, Wales and NI record 70,924 COVID cases and 88 deaths in last 24 hours England, Wales and Northern Ireland have recorded 70,924 COVID cases and 88 coronavirus-related deaths in the latest 24-hour period. © Reuters Sunday's daily figures do not include Scotland due to a "technical issue". It follows 81,713 positive cases and 287 deaths (of people within 28 days of first testing positive for COVID-19) reported across the whole of the UK on Saturday.This was down from 270 deaths reported in the UK on Friday, 335 deaths reported on Thursday, and 398 deaths reported on Wednesday.Last Sunday there were 141,472 new cases and 246 deaths reported across the UK.

World Health Organisation spokeswoman Margaret Harris said on Tuesday it appeared that Australia's cases were beginning to decline.

"I have been listening to your reports and it's good news you're seeing the big surges seem to be coming down in some areas," she said on Channel Nine.

"But the critical thing is to keep on trying to bring the transmission down and push the vaccination up, which you've been doing very well. But that work has to continue rather than looking to saying it's all over; look to really bringing the risk down."

Dr Harris warned that the COVID-19 pandemic was not ending, despite the optimism that Omicron had peaked.

"I think we're all heartily sick of it. But, unfortunately, it's not sick of us," she said.

"It's unlikely to go away...for the world we can't say [it's the] end game yet."

Infectious diseases physician Sanjaya Senanayake said he believed that hospitalisations would not rise further, but expected cases to increase when school returned next week.

"I think we can trust the hospital admission numbers which do show that in most cases, Omicron has peaked," he said on Channel Seven on Tuesday.

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NT virus cases jump with late test results .
The Northern Territory has reported a jump in COVID-19 infections with Wednesday's case numbers also revised up.The Territory reported 626 infections on Thursday along with an increase in the number of people in hospital.

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