53 more people have died from COVID-19 as NSW publications register 92,264 new cases

Of the total number of reported cases, 30,877 tested positive on PCR, while 61,387 tested positive on RAT.

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The dramatic increase in the number of cases adds to another grim milestone as the state reported a record 22 lives lost within 24 hours to 8 p.m. on Wednesday – the deadliest day of the pandemic for the state nowadays.

These are 13 men and nine women with one in their sixties, eight in their sixties, seven in their 80s, five in their 90s and one over 100.

The number of hospitalizations has also increased, with 2,383 people hospitalized, against 2,242 on Wednesday.

There are currently 182 patients in intensive care.

Earlier Thursday, NSW Customer Service and Digital Minister Victor Dominello said 82,000 positive RAT results from tests since Jan. 1 had been uploaded to the NSW Service app or website.

The RAT positive result reporting system went live on Wednesday morning and although the requirement only became mandatory on that day, NSW residents were asked to add tests performed since the start of the test. year.

Starting January 19, anyone who does not report a positive RAT result can be fined $ 1,000.

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Mr Dominello admits it will be very difficult to do, but the government had to send a message that it was important to report a positive result.

“It’s going to be almost impossible to enforce in a lot of ways,” he told the Nine Network.

“But the majority of states and territories in the country have chosen to impose a fine or put a fine in place – Tasmania, South Australia, Northern Territory, ACT – and some have taken the other route by simply saying s’ please do this. “

Mr Dominello said the main purpose of recording a test result is to connect those infected with healthcare or federal financial assistance they may need.

Prior to the new RAT reporting regime, state opposition warned authorities to “fly blind”, without a clear picture of the spread of the virus in the community.

But in fact, finding a RAT remains a challenge for many, until more supply enters the system.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the government was considering a coupon-type system to distribute the tests.

Some 21.6% of people aged 16 and over received their third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 93.7% received their second vaccine.

Victoria Records 37,169 New COVID-19 Cases and 25 Deaths


Victoria eases isolation rules for workers as cases increase

Victoria will ease isolation rules for more workers, including those in the transportation and education sectors, as COVID-19 continues to impact businesses and services.

The state on Thursday recorded 37,169 new cases of COVID-19, with health authorities handling 221,726 active cases in total.

Twenty-five deaths have been reported, while there are 953 hospitalized patients, including 111 in intensive care, 29 of whom require ventilation.

New isolation rules came into effect Thursday for supermarket workers and those working in the manufacture, distribution or packaging of food products.

Ahead of the national cabinet, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced that Victoria would ease close contact isolation rules for workers in more industries from midnight on Tuesday.

Victoria recorded more than 37,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday

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“We can also add emergency services, education, essential utilities, detention facilities, transport and freight,” he told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday.

“Exempting them from the isolation requirements is a common sense way we can keep these services, these important parts of our society, as close to normal as possible.”

Construction workers on critical state government projects are also included in the exemption.

Workers must first notify their employer when they become a close contact and both parties must consent to the worker’s return to the workplace.

They will then only be able to return to work if “it is necessary for the continuity of operations” and will not be allowed to go out and socialize outside of work.

“You can’t go to the pub afterwards or visit other people, it’s about being able to go back to work and do a critical job,” Andrews said.

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Exempt workers must wear a face mask at all times and perform daily RATs for five days, returning a negative test before going to work.

Mr Andrews said employers should provide workers with RATs and the availability of the tests would be discussed within the national cabinet.

Victoria is expected to receive around two and a half million RATs from the national stock and has ordered an additional 44 million.

“You can’t ask the employee to provide their own test, that wouldn’t be fair,” he said.

Queensland records six deaths, prepares to lift restrictions on national borders

Six people have died from COVID-19 in Queensland as the state registers 14,914 new cases of the virus and prepares to remove all national border controls.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said this was the most people who have died from COVID-19 in one day in the state since the pandemic began in 2020.

The people who died were all between the ages of 70, 80 and 90 and had significant underlying health problems.

“During the entire two years of the pandemic, we have lost seven people. Losing six in one day is a big shock, and our hearts are with the people right now,” she said.

“It’s quite overwhelming.”

The Prime Minister also said the state will drop all national border controls, with the Omicron variant already prevalent in the community and 90% of eligible Queenslanders will be fully vaccinated at some point next week.

At least 91.33% of people have received at least one dose and 88.18 are now receiving a double dose, with the Prime Minister urging people to get their booster shots as soon as possible.

Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.

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She said road border checkpoints will be removed and travelers will no longer have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test from 1 a.m. on Saturday.

“They don’t have to show that they have the border pass, they don’t have to show that they have had a RAT test, a rapid antigen test,” Ms. Palaszczuk added.

“But now is the time and the time is right as we move towards that 90 percent.”

However, Ms Palaszczuk said international restrictions will be maintained until Queensland meets the vaccination target.

She admitted opening the borders was an important decision, but said it was the right choice as the state moved forward.

“It is a decision that is necessary because we have reached the peak of this Omicron wave and, operationally, the police are needed on the front lines,” Ms. Palaszczuk said.

“Their work has kept the Queenslanders safe, but now is the time for the barricades to fall and the police to come home and the police to continue with their normal operational duties.”

What is happening elsewhere

Tasmania has recorded 1,100 new cases of COVID-19, with 10 people being treated in hospital for symptoms of the virus.

There are 7,969 active cases reported in the state as of Thursday, down from Wednesday’s figure of 8,764.

Ten people are hospitalized and treated for COVID-19, an increase from the eight reported on Wednesday.

13 other cases are hospitalized for unrelated health problems. No case is in intensive care.

Of the new cases, 847 were from self-reported RATs and 253 from PCR tests. This is the lowest number of daily cases in Tasmania since January 6.

In ACT, 1,020 new COVID-19 infections were detected, bringing the number of active infections in the territory to more than 5,000.

But Thursday’s numbers exclude positive RAT results, which will be included in Friday’s daily tally.

There are 24 people hospitalized, including three in intensive care and two requiring ventilation.

The new cases were accompanied by more than 3,700 returned negative tests.

A backlog of 550 untreated cases and 167 positive tests dating back to December 21 that had not been reported to ACT Health by a private pathology provider were added to the territory’s total tally.

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Meanwhile, the Northern Territory has reported 550 new cases of COVID-19 as it relaxes testing requirements to reduce the length of PCR queues and wait time for results.

Thursday’s new infections within 24 hours to 8 p.m. Wednesday bring the territory’s total number of active cases to around 3,000, including 24 hospitalized, four fewer than the day before.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner said 18 patients were suffering from severe symptoms and one was in intensive care.

“At the moment, all things considered, the growth in numbers is fairly controlled although it is highly unlikely that we have reached our peak,” Gunner told reporters on Thursday.

“We don’t have a high proportion of severe cases, which indicates that our high vaccination rate is doing its job and the number of tests is high.”

Under the new NT testing rules, PCR testing will also no longer be required to confirm a positive RAT result, Gunner said.

But people who test positive using a RAT will be required to report the result to the health department or face a hefty fine of $ 5,000.

With additional reporting from SBS News.

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