Alarming detail as 16 people with Covid in intensive care

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A teenager and a person aged in their 20s are among more than 40 people who have been hospitalised with Covid-19 in NSW.

On Saturday, 50 new locally-acquired cases were reported in NSW as parts of the state woke up to their first full day of tighter lockdown restrictions.

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday morning, Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant announced there were 47 Covid cases admitted to hospital, 16 patients were in the intensive care unit (ICU) with five on ventilators.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant addresses the media about the coronavirus outbreak.
NSW recorded 50 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 cases on Saturday. Source: AAP

The breakdown of the patients in hospital further proves a person at any age is at risk of developing more severe Covid-19 symptoms, including young people.

Dr Chant revealed an alarming detail about the patients in the ICU – one of them was a teenager.

"There are 19 people admitted to hospital at the moment with Covid who are under the age of 55, and of those, eight are under the age of 35," Dr Chant said. 

"Of the 16 people in ICU, one is in their teens, one is in their 20s, one is in their 30s, one is in their 40s, three are in their 50s, six are in their 60s, two are in their 70s, one is in their 80s."

Dr Chant could not provide any more information about the teenager or any other individual cases in the ICU, but she said the patient was not ventilated. 

"I think it is a salient lesson that COVID can impact across all age groups," she said.

A person walks past Officeworks in Sydney wearing a face mask during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sydney saw tighter lockdown restrictions in response to the mounting Covid cases. Source: AAP

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Dr Chant also touched on the importance of getting fully vaccinated against Covid-19, saying five people who were admitted to hospital had both doses of the Pfizer.

However, those five people were residents at the Summit Care in Baulkham Hills facility and were taken to hospital for observation

Four others had received one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and one had one dose of Pfizer.

"So in summary, no one who has received two doses is in hospital," Dr Chant said.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the "vast majority" of new cases were people who caught it from a friend or family member.

"If you truly love your parents, your sisters, your best friends, please stick to the rules," she said.

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