There have been 25,870 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths in the past 24 hours, compared to yesterday’s 84,333.
NSW could soon make it mandatory to report positive rapid antigen tests (RATs), Dr Kerry Chant says.
Mandatory rapid antigen test reporting could see case numbers rise again, giving health authorities a more accurate picture of the state’s case numbers.
But the tests remain scarce in NSW, with more supplies incoming.
Of yesterday’s 18 dead, one was a child aged under five from south-western Sydney who had “significant” underlying health conditions.
Health authorities are reacting to an increase in hospitalisations, with some patients moved from public to private hospitals to free up beds.
Health Deputy Secretary Susan Pearce would not give exact numbers when asked how many patients were being moved yesterday.
The number of patients being admitted to the ICU in Western Sydney and south-western Sydney is “in the tens of patients, not hundreds”, according to NSW Ambulance Service chief Anaesthetist Dr Vicki Gildernew at St Vincent’s Hospital.