NSW records 12,818 new COVID-19 cases and 30 deaths, including vaccinated man in his 30s

New South Wales has recorded 30 more COVID-19 related deaths, including a double-vaccinated man in his 30s with no underlying health conditions.
Releasing the state figures early Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said there were 12,818 new infections over the past 24 hours.
This marks a decline from yesterday’s 13,026 cases.
There are currently 2749 people being treated in hospital with 183 in ICU. Of those, 70 are ventilated.
This marks a drop of 30 admissions compared to yesterday and a decline of two in ICU.
Dr Chant provided more information on the state’s 30 deaths, explaining 21 were men and nine women.
“Of the 30 people who died, one was in their 30s, one was in their 50s, five were in their 70s, 18 were in their 80s and four were in their 90s.”
The man in his 30s who passed away had had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and had no underlying illnesses, Dr Chant said.
The woman in her 50s who died had not been vaccinated.
Five people who died had received three doses of a vaccine, 19 had received two, and six were not vaccinated.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said elective surgery will resume in a phased-approach from February 7, amid stabilising hospitalisation numbers.

“Management of each city hospital will make that decision as to when they are ready,” Mr Hazzard said.
Non-urgent elective surgery was postponed in early January as a response to soaring COVID-19 cases.
‘We are going to have a spike’
The new figures comes after it was predicted the state would see a spike in COVID-19 cases in just two weeks.
This is fuelled by students’ return to school and a lagging booster rollout.
Thousands of school students have today returned to the classroom.