NSW daily Covid, Omicron outbreak update: state records 13,333 new cases

NSW daily Covid, Omicron outbreak update: state records 13,333 new cases

The NSW coronavirus numbers have revealed a big dip in cases, even as hospitalisation and ICU numbers remain steady.

NSW has recorded 35 new deaths associated with Covid-19 and 2737 people are in hospital with the disease.

Out of the people in hospital on Friday, 189 are being treated in intensive care units.

There were 13,333 new cases of the disease in latest reporting period, compared with the day before when 17,316 infections were reported.

The hospitalisation numbers were only slightly higher than the day before, when 2722 Covid-positive people were in hospital including 181 in ICU.

Health officials have previously said they’re cautiously optimistic the state’s Omicron outbreak is past its peak.

“It is pleasing that our assessment indicates the spread of the Covid virus is slowing … our situation is stabilising,” chief health office Kerry Chant said earlier in the week.

The Omicron variant is much more transmissible than earlier variants, but does not appear to cause more severe symptoms.

Health officials have urged those who are eligible to get a third vaccine dose, because the booster will decrease the risk of severe illness.

Premier Dominic Perrottet, Transport Minister David Elliott and Metropolitan Roads Minister Natalie Ward are due to speak to the media at 10.30am.

They will be joined by NSW chief health Officer Dr Kerry Chant, NSW Health deputy secretary Susan Pearce and Transport for NSW chief operations officer Howard Collins.

It is expected they will announce a school transport plan along with a Covid update.

More to come

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Author: Shirley