NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is expected to provide an update on the state’s coronavirus outbreak as more more people with the infection are admitted to hospital.

Health authorities on Tuesday reported there were 250 COVID patients being treated in hospital, an increase of 18 from Monday.

NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian and CHO Dr Kerry Chant will provide a COVID update at 11am AEST on Wednesday. You can watch it LIVE in the video player ABOVE.

Of the 250 people in hospital, 53 are in intensive care, 20 of whom require ventilation.

Five of those in ICU are aged in their 20s, six are in their 30s, three are in their 40s, 18 are in their 50s, 11 are in their 60s and 10 are in their 70s.

“What’s a key piece of information is that of the 53 people in ICU, 43 people are not vaccinated,” Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said.

“So my big call-out is to get vaccinated across all of the age groups.

Gladys Berejiklian said vaccination rates need to increase.
Gladys Berejiklian said vaccination rates need to increase. Credit: AAP

“Again, one dose of either vaccine is very effective at reducing hospitalisation. Two doses are best.”

While Berejiklian conceded authorities don’t know if the outbreak will improve or deteriorate in the coming days, the focus now is on getting jabs in arms.

She wants six million doses of the vaccine to be administered by the end of August.

That number, as well as the number of COVID cases, will determine Greater Sydney’s path out of lockdown.

NSW recorded another 199 infections on Tuesday, with at least 82 cases circulating in the community while infectious.

The total number of cases in the outbreak is 3832, with 15 deaths recorded.

NSW COVID press conference: Premier Gladys Berejiklian gives update as outbreak grows
Source 1


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here