Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Drop in Covid cases, but NSW records 49 deaths mostly old, co-morbid patients

New South Wales has recorded its deadliest day of the COVID-19 pandemic with 49 deaths while Queensland reported a steep rise in infections.
NSW has seen a slight rise in case numbers reporting 13,354 COVID-19 infections
There are 2,693 people in hospital in the virus and 186 people admitted to intensive care.
Hospital admissions in NSW have slightly dropped overnight, from 2,737 to 2,693.
Queensland has recorded 10,391 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.
Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard said there are 833 people in hospital with the virus, a slight increase from 818 admissions yesterday.
There are 53 people in intensive care.
“What we’re seeing in hospitals is the older age group and those with co-morbidities,” he said.
“This is the last group we will see infected.”
Dr Gerrard said the “outcomes in hospitalisations” is significantly lower than what was expected.
Victoria sees drop in infections
Meanwhile, in Victoria, the state recorded 12,250 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours.
The state reported 31 people had died with the virus.
There are 953 people in hospital with COVID-19 and 39 people on ventilators.
It is a slight drop in infections where the state reported 12,755 yesterday.
Speaking in Dandenong, Victorian COVID Commander Jeroen Weimar urged people to come forward for their boosters.
“Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic continues to evolve and we need to evolve with it,” he said.
“If you are double vaccinated, you are not as fully protected as you could be.”
South Australia records 1740 new COVID-19 cases
South Australia has recorded 1,740 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours.
“That’s the lowest we have had for the entire year,” Premier Steven Marshall said.
Five people have died with the virus including one person in their 50s, one in their 60s, two in their 70s, and one in their 80s.
Of the 1740 new cases, 1329 came from PCR tests and 411 came from positive rapid antigen tests.
Mr Marshall also announced a $50 million support package for businesses impacted by COVID-19.

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