NSW Covid cases explode almost doubling previous day's total

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NSW has announced a staggering number of new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, almost doubling yesterday’s total.

There were 11,201 new Covid-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday night and three Covid-related deaths.

On Tuesday, NSW recorded 6062 new Covid cases.

Members of the public queue in their cars to take Covid19 PCR tests at a clinic at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Tuesday, December 28, 2021.
NSW has announced 11,201 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday. Source: AAP

As of Wednesday 95 per cent of the population aged 16 and over had received one dose of vaccine, and 93.5 per cent had received at least two doses.

Across the state, 78.2 per cent of children aged between 12 and 15-years-old are fully vaccinated.

In recent days testing demand has resulted in people queuing for a Covid test for hours, with some testing clinics hitting capacity early in the morning and turning people away before opening.

Wait times for results have also blown out, with the usual 24 hour turnaround blowing out to five days in some cases.

The premier said only those who are unwell or contacted by NSW Health should present for testing, to help alleviate pressure on clinics, many of which have reduced operating hours over the festive period.

From the 157, 758 tests on Tuesday, 7.1 per cent produced a positive result.

There are currently 625 people in hospital with Covid-19, with 61 patients in the ICU.

Victoria's daily cases surge

Victoria has also announced a jump in daily Covid cases, with Wednesday's figure being the highest since the start of the pandemic.

There were 3767 new Covid cases announced in the state one Wednesday and five Covid-related deaths.

On Tuesday, there were 2738 new Covid cases in Victoria.

There are now 397 people in hospital, with 62 people in the ICU who are actively infectious and 28 people on a ventilator.

Just like NSW, Victoria has seen an increase in demand for testing, with sites now under immense pressure.

By 9.20am on Wednesday more than 20 sites across the Melbourne metropolitan area had been closed after reaching capacity, AAP reported.

With AAP.

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