NSW records its deadliest day in the pandemic with 49 Covid-related deaths as hospitalisations remain steady and Victoria records 31 deaths
- NSW recorded deadliest day of pandemic with 49 deaths and 13,354 new cases
- More than eight million Rapid Antigen Tests distributed to 3,000 NSW schools
- Education secretary Georgina Harrisson criticised rollout as ‘challenging’
- Students told to get tested before they return to school next week
NSW has recorded its deadliest day of the pandemic while Victoria continues to mark some of the highest daily deaths since 2020.
NSW reported 49 deaths on Saturday – beating the record 46 reported last week.
Victoria recorded 31 more deaths – down from 39 reported on Friday – marking some of the highest daily death rates since the state’s second outbreak two years ago.
In a positive twist, the state has experienced a dip in Covid-19 cases with 12,250 new infections – down from the previous 12,755.
NSW has recorded a slight bump with 13,354 new cases – up from 13,333.
NSW has recorded its deadliest day of the pandemic while hospitalisations and Covid-19 case numbers remain steady
NSW reported 49 deaths on Saturday – beating the record 46 reported last week (pictured, customer outside a Chemist Warehouse)
Hospitalisations have dropped slightly in both states with NSW recording 2,693 patients – down from 2,737 – and Victoria reporting 953 patients – down from 988.
NSW recorded a slight dip in ICU rates with 186 patients now being treated – down from 189 – while Victoria has remained steady at 114.
More than eight million rapid antigen tests have been distributed to over 3,000 NSW schools ahead of the return of term one of the year.
Education secretary Georgina Harrisson says the test distribution has been ‘one of the most challenging logistical undertakings in recent memory’.
Parents should already have been informed about how they can pick up RATs before the first day of term for public school students begins on Tuesday.
Those attending private schools returned to school on Thursday.
The government released its back-to-school plan on Sunday, with advice that all students take a rapid test before the first day of term one.
As criticism grew over the distribution of tests around the state, Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Thursday there was ‘never a requirement’ for students to be rapid tested on day one of term.
NSW recorded a slight dip in ICU rates with 186 patients now being treated – down from 189 – while Victoria has remained steady at 114
Department staff have been volunteering their time, some of them delivering test kits to schools using their own cars, while one school used a ferry to get kits to families.
The back-to-school plan says testing will continue twice a week for the first four weeks of the term.
The premier said on Friday as school returned and people went back to the office there was ‘no doubt’ case numbers would increase.
He added our ‘health care system, hospitalisations and ICU’ were in a ‘strong position’ to handle a possible rise in cases.
‘Living alongside the virus means there will be cases of the virus in the community each and every day.
Education secretary Georgina Harrisson says the test distribution has been ‘one of the most challenging logistical undertakings in recent memory’
‘When mobility increases, case numbers increase. That is the model we’ve moved to in NSW, Australia and around the world.’
Some 2737 were hospitalised with COVID-19 on Friday, easing only slightly from the highest-ever number of 2943, reported in the state on Wednesday.
NSW recorded 70 COVID-19 deaths on Friday, including 35 fatalities from aged care facilities who lagged on reporting to local health authorities in the past month.