Coronavirus NSW Update: New COVID Case Numbers, National Cabinet Update, Test Requirements

That is close to double the 12,226 cases reported yesterday, and just as many people being infected nationwide yesterday.

Six people in the state have died from the disease.

There are 763 people in the hospital, 69 in the intensive care unit.

Yesterday, 746 people were in hospital with the virus and 63 in the intensive care unit.

The big jump in new cases means that one in seven people who get a PCR test in the state are positive with COVID-19.

93 percent of people over 16 have been double-vaccinated.

Southern residents benefit from the warm weather at Tamarama Beach.
Beachgoers take social distance as COVID-19 infections are detected in NSW. (Jessica Hromas)
Thousands of New South Wales residents are about to start the last day of 2021 in line for COVID-19 test or awaiting results as the state awaits another expected major leap in cases.

NSW, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and ACT have woken up to new close contact and test rules.

But even with changes introduced overnight, yesterday’s 12,226 new cases could be expected to produce thousands of close contacts among family members and roommates.

At a test station on Thursday, the cows started at. 03:00, and at At 8.00 the parking lot was jammed, and winding out onto a main road.

PCR test.
PCR test queues have grown. (Getty)

At another point, cars started queuing at midnight, and when the test station opened at 6 p.m. At 8.00 the line stretched hundreds of meters.

Some test stations reached capacity in the morning, rejecting people who had been waiting for hours.

However, the queues have proven to be shorter this morning.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has spent days trying to reverse months of pandemic messages in an attempt to get the deteriorating cows under control.

Thursday’s county council meeting was to make a significant contribution to the fight redefine who is considered a close contact, which requires testing, and officially leads the majority of people towards cheaper, faster fast antigen tests instead of PCR assays.
St George Hospital has opened yet another COVID-19 ward. (Steven Siewert)

A major hospital in Sydney has opened an extra ward to prepare for an increase in COVID-19 cases as thousands of New South Wales residents continue to test positive every day.

A spokesman for the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District said St George’s Hospital could now treat 40 patients after Thursday’s expansion to its capacity.

They said 30 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized, six of whom were in intensive cate.

“Preparation for an increase in COVID-19 cases is standard procedure across all major public hospitals in NSW, and the district has previously taken similar measures throughout the pandemic,” the spokesman said in a statement.

“Our comprehensive COVID-19 plans also include relocating staff if and when necessary. Most people with COVID-19 are able to fend for themselves at home.

“NSW Health has worked closely with clinicians to develop guidelines to help people manage COVID-19 at home.”

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