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NSW records 48,768 new Covid cases

Of the positive cases reported on Saturday, 27,020 were the result of PCR tests and 21,748 from rapid antigen tests.Across the state 2576 people are in hospital with Covid including 193 in intensive care.This comes as Premier Dom­inic Perrottet on Friday revealed hospitals are coping better than the expected “best case scenario”. NSW reported 29 more deaths from the virus on Friday – the highest daily number of deaths recorded since the start of the pandemic – and 63,018 new cases, including almost 38,000 detected on rapid antigen tests.Mr Perrottet said it was going to be “a very difficult few weeks ahead” and, while the health system is “feeling the strain”, it has the capacity to deal with the Omicron surge. “We are tracking against that modelling and, while the health system is under pressure, our health teams are doing an amazing job,” he said on Friday.“We are currently tracking at both an ICU and hospitalisation rate here in NSW better than the best case scenario we released last week. So that is encouraging, reassuring and pleasing.”NSW Health Deputy Secretary Susan Pearce said authorities expected case numbers to plateau from next week, after the state clocked more than 150,000 cases in just two days this week. Victoria has recorded 25,526 new Covid-19 cases and 23 deaths, with 1054 people hospitalised, with 115 in intensive care and 30 on ventilators.Got a news tip? Email [email protected]

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