Tuesday, January 18, 2022

New locally acquired cases of Covid 19 increasing in NSW

NSW recorded 291 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday night. Of these locally acquired cases, 120 are linked to a known case or cluster – 95 are household contacts and 25 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 171 cases is under investigation.

Ninety-one were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 48 were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Forty-eight cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 104 cases remains under investigation.

No new cases were acquired overseas in the 24 hours . One previously reported case was excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 10,157.

Sadly, NSW Health has been notified of the death of a person with COVID-19. A woman in her 60s from south-west Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital. We extend our sincere sympathies to her loved ones.

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The number of COVID-related deaths during the current outbreak is now 22. There are now a total 79 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

There have been 4,610 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this recent outbreak was reported.

There are currently 304 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 50 people in intensive care, 22 of whom require ventilation.

There were 109,547 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 106,954.

NSW Health administered 24,894 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 7,495 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 4,221,181, with 1,610,578 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 2,610,603 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Wednesday 4 August 2021.

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Of the 291 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 123 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 84 are from Western Sydney LHD, 30 are from Sydney LHD, 24 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 13 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, eight are from Central Coast LHD, five are from Northern Sydney LHD and four are from Hunter New England LHD.

Today, NSW Health can confirm two new cases of COVID-19 in the Newcastle area, bringing the number of cases in the area to seven. There were no new cases on the Central Coast, following the nine cases announced yesterday.

Of the two new cases in the Hunter, a woman in her 60s is linked to the known Central Coast household cases announced yesterday. A woman in her 20s is a household contact of a case in the Newcastle area announced yesterday.

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