NSW Covid numbers to soar as 53,000 rapid results counted

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Tens of thousands of New South Wales residents who tested positive for Covid using a rapid antigen test have registered their results on the Service NSW app.

On Wednesday, Premier Dominic Perrottet said anyone who fails to report their result will be handed a $1000 fine, with residents told to register results dated from January 1.

NSW Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said 53,090 people had logged their positive results since 9am.

Close up of a rapid antigen test.
Over 50,000 people registered positive RAT results on Wednesday. Source: Getty

"Of that number, 34,249 have registered with Covid in the last seven days," Mr Dominello told 2GB.

"So about two-thirds have got a positive on seven days and the other third has come from January 1 on."

Fines will be enforced from January 19. Anyone who followed their rapid antigen test up with a positive PCR does not need to register their result.

NSW records 21 Covid related deaths

The additional case numbers come as NSW recorded 34,759 new cases overnight and 21 Covid-19 related deaths.

Mr Dominello said when you receive a positive result and log it on the app, it will prompt you through a brief questionnaire. You can also register on the NSW service website.

"We're trying to get people to register so that they are at a higher risk," he said. "For example, if they've got a chronic condition underlying health condition."

At a press conference earlier on Wednesday, Mr Dominello said the process is "seamless".

"Those at higher risk, you will get a call or be contacted by NSW Health, within 48 hours and with a further survey to make sure that you are okay," he told reporters.

"So what we're trying to do here NSW is provide a comprehensive environment to not just register your test but also to provide additional care as required."

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