Hurstville and Lugarno-Peakhurst areas record the highest number in St George as COVID cases increase | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

Step up: The health authorities want to see more people being tested.

Step up: The health authorities want to see more people being tested.

There are now 1686 active COVID cases in the Georges River, with the Hurstville and Lugarno-Peakhurst areas recording the highest number.

NSW Health figures show the number of active cases in the Georges River rose by 1,174 in the last week.

Bayside has 2044 active cases – up from 696 a week ago – with Arncliffe-Wolli Creek having the highest number in the St George section.

NSW Health urges anyone eligible to book their vaccination booster shot “to best protect yourself, your loved ones and the community from the ongoing transmission”.

NSW Health figures by postcode until 8 pm on December 28:

  • 2208: (Kingsgrove): 193
  • 2209 (Beverly Hills, Narwee): 167
  • 2210 (Lugarno, Peakhurst, Peakhurst Hts): 369
  • 2218 (Allawah, Carlton):185
  • 2220 (Hurstville, Hurstville Grove): 370
  • 2221 (Blakehurst, Carss Park, Connells Point: 212
  • 2222: Penshurst: 137
  • 2223 (Mortdale, Oatley): 246

Bayside (St George Suburbs)

  • 2205 (Arncliffe, Turrella, Wolli Creek): 348
  • 2207 (Bexley, Bardwell Park): 341
  • 2216 (Brighton-Le-Sands, Kyeemagh, Rockdale): 328
  • 2217 (Monterey, Kogarah, Ramsgate): 333
  • 2219 (Dolls Point, Sans Souci, Sandringham): 166

Government leaders say the focus should not be on case numbers, but rather on the number of inpatients.

NSW Health revealed on Thursday, across NSW, that there are 746 cases in the hospital (347 a week ago), of which 63 (up from 45 in a week) are in intensive care, 23 require ventilation.

Figures for the individual hospitals are not published.

NSW registered 12,226 new cases in 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday compared to 11,201 the day before.

There were 97.201 tests in the 24-hour period, compared to the previous day’s total of 157,758.

The rising case numbers follow NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard’s warning on December 15 that modeling suggested “by the end of January, we could look at 25,000 cases of the virus every single day”.

Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet will join other heads of state and territory at an emergency national cabinet meeting on Thursday, to seek nationwide coherence with definitions of close contact and isolation periods.

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