Covid cases and deaths fall in NSW and VIC following spike

Covid cases and deaths in New South Wales and Victoria have dropped, following a spike in Saturday's numbers.

NSW reported 6,686 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 and 22 virus related deaths on Sunday.

Health authorities say 1614 people are in hospital with the virus, 93 of which are in intensive care.

Someone wearing full PPE outside a Covid testing clinic.
Victoria and NSW reported a slight drop in deaths on Sunday. Getty Images

The new figures come after NSW reported a spike of 32 Covid deaths on Saturday and 8183 new locally acquired cases.

On Wednesday, the number of hospitalisations fell below 2000 for the first time since January.

Covid hospitalisations in VIC have halved since January

Victoria reported 18 Covid-related deaths and 7223 new cases on Sunday. The state's health department says 4859 of these were detected through positive rapid antigen tests and 2364 via positive PCR testing.

It is a slight decrease from the 19 Covid-related deaths and 7224 new infections reported in Victoria on Saturday.

The drop comes after the state's government moved to lift a code brown pandemic alert issued for the health system, which has been in place for just more than three weeks and will be removed at midday on Monday.

The unprecedented alert was issued in January as hospitals and health services came under increasing pressure due to the Omicron wave and saw urgent services further cut back and staff leave postponed.

Non-urgent elective surgery will also be ramped up from this week, allowing private hospitals in metropolitan areas to perform up to half of all elective surgery and those in regional Victoria can do 75 per cent.

with AAP

Do you have a story tip? Email:

You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter and download the Yahoo News app from the App Store or Google Play.