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NSW ‘tracking better than our best case scenario’ despite recording deadliest day s


The New South Wales Premier said the state is “tracking better than our best case scenario” as a significant drop in COVID-19 cases were recorded overnight.

Dominic Perrottet said the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care is currently lower than health authorities had forecast by some 400 cases after 25,168 new daily cases were reported.

“In respect of our intensive-care capacity, we currently have 209 people with COVID in our intensive-care units,” he said.

A young infant died with COVID-19 in the Hunter New England region in December.
A young infant died with COVID-19 in the Hunter New England region in December. (Kate Geraghty)

“That is once again tracking better than our best case scenario from the modelling that we released two weeks ago … that was at a height where we were expecting 270 on our best case scenario and 600 on our worst-case scenario,” Mr Perrottet said.

There are 2743 people being treated with the virus in hospitals across NSW.

Doctors, nurses and medical professionals have continually spoken out about the daily pressures being faced on the front line after the Omicron outbreak hit.

The number of deaths linked to COVID-19 in NSW today marks the deadliest of the pandemic but Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant has explained some of the deaths included in these figures are historical and were under investigation.

  • One person in their 30s
  • One person in their 40s
  • Four people in their 50s
  • Eight people in their 60s
  • Twelve people in their 70s
  • Thirteen people in their 80s
  • Seven people in their 90s

The spike in deaths come as the Hunter New England region reported the death of an “young infant” with COVID-19 in hospital in December.

New South Wales is “tracking better than our best case scenario” according to Premier Dominic Perrottet. (Getty)

Dr Chant advised that the number of deaths will continue to rise in the coming weeks.

“There is a significant lag between cases being identified to when we see them get hospitalised and then also flow through tragically a small number into deaths.

“That is the cycle and therefore in this outbreak as in previous outbreaks, we expect to see a lag of two to three weeks.

“So unfortunately, the death numbers will likely to be remain high but my message is that we can turn that around by boosting and getting that booster in with a real sense of urgency,” Dr Chant said.

Hospitalisations have dropped again since yesterday when there were 2781 coronavirus patients admitted, however ICU numbers have increased slightly.

More than 10,000 of today’s cases were reported by positive rapid antigen test results.

Historical death of ‘young infant’

The death of the “young infant” in December has been confirmed by health authorities.

“The cause of death has been referred to the coroner,” NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said.

“I have spoken with the family and they’re very keen for their privacy to be protected.

“The coroner and the forensic pathologist that has supported the coroner are working very hard to get the answers…the family and the clinicians want in terms of this child and the contribution that COVID may or may not have made to its death.”

“We offer our sincere condolences to the family who we remain in contact with and continue to support.”

While the exact age of the child has not been confirmed, it is likely this is the youngest COVID-19 death in Australia.

A three-year-old Sydney boy with a rare genetic condition died with the disease earlier this month.

This comes as millions more New South Wales residents are now eligible for their COVID-19 booster shot, with the state government bringing the mandatory minimum wait period down from four months, to three months from today.

South Australia's Premier said there are indications the state is reaching its Omicron peak as more people become eligible for their booster shot.
Millions of NSW residents now eligible for their booster shot. (Getty)

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant also warned of a potential upswing of COVID-19 cases as we approach winter, calling for residents to prepare.

“The future is difficult to predict, but I think those scenarios of an upswing in cases prior to winter is something we have to plan for and talk to the community about,” she said.

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