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Covid-19 Australia: NSW records 13,354 new cases and 49 deaths, while Victoria 12,250 cases

NSW records its deadliest day in the pandemic with 49 Covid-related deaths as hops italization rate remains stable and Victoria records 31 deaths

  • NSW recorded deadliest day of pandemic with 49 deaths and 13,354 new cases
  • Over eight million rapid antigen tests across 3,000 NSW schools
  • Education Secretary Georgina Harrisson criticized rollout as ‘challenging’
  • Students told to get tested before going back to school next week



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NSW has registered the deadliest day of the pandemic, while the number of hospitalizations and the number of Covid-19 cases remain stable.

The state reported 49 deaths on Saturday, beating the record of 46 last week.

About 13,354 more Covid-19 cases were recorded – a slight increase from the 13,333 reported Friday.

Victoria registered 12,250 new infections – less than the previous 12,755 – and 31 deaths – against 39.

Hospital admissions have declined slightly in both states, with NSW registering 2,693 patients – a drop of 2,737 – and Victoria reporting 953 patients – a drop of 988.

More than eight million rapid antigen tests have been distributed to more than 3,000 NSW schools ahead of the first semester of the year.

Education Secretary Georgina Harrisson says the test distribution has been “one of the most challenging logistics ventures in recent history.”

Parents should have been informed about how to pick up RATs before the first day of public school begins Tuesday.

Those who went to private schools returned to school on Thursday.

The government released its back-to-school plan on Sunday, advising all students to take a quick test before the first day of the first semester.

Education Secretary Georgina Harrisson says test distribution has been 'one of the most challenging logistics ventures in recent history'

Education Secretary Georgina Harrisson says test distribution has been ‘one of the most challenging logistics ventures in recent history’

As criticism grew over the proliferation of tests in the state, Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said on Thursday there was “never a requirement” for students to be tested quickly on the first day of the semester.

Department staff volunteered their time, some of them delivering test kits to schools with their own cars, while one school used a ferry to deliver kits to families.

The back-to-school plan says testing will continue twice a week for the first four weeks of the semester.

The prime minister said on Friday that when the school returned and people went back to the office, there was “no doubt” that the number of cases would increase.

He added that our “health care system, hospitalizations and ICU” were in a “strong position” to deal with a potential rise in the number of cases.

“Living next to the virus means there will be cases of the virus in the community every day.

‘As mobility increases, the number of cases increases. That’s the model we’ve moved to in NSW, Australia and around the world.”

About 2,737 were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Friday, just a slight drop from the all-time high of 2,943 reported in the state on Wednesday.

NSW recorded 70 COVID-19 deaths on Friday, including 35 fatalities from aged care facilities that fell short of reporting to local health authorities in the past month.

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