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NSW reports 11,201 COVID-19 cases - but have hospitalisations reached new records?
Updated: Jan 2, 2022
Hospitalisations in the state have again risen in the past 24 hours.
An article from Bloomberg has claimed that hospitalisations due to COVID-19 in NSW have "hit a new record" - but does the claim stack up?
"Omicron’s Australia Surge Sees Hospitalizations Hit Record," the headline read.
"Hospitalizations due to coronavirus in Australia’s most-populous state have hit a new record, as a surge in omicron cases throughout most of the nation pressures the health system," the article then went onto state.
But is that true?
According to information from COVIDLive.com.au, the highest number of people hospitalised in NSW was on September 21.
1,268 people were in hospital at the time, with 242 in ICU & 118 on ventilators.
The article, which was also pushed out by Apple News, has now been corrected.
The opening line now states: "Hospitalizations due to coronavirus in Australia’s most-populous state have reached the highest level since mid-October, as a surge in omicron cases throughout most of the nation pressures the health system."
At the bottom of the article, a brief correction has also been added.
It came as NSW reported a record amount of COVID-19 cases - 11,201 in the past 24 hours out of 157,758 tests.
93.5% of people aged over 16 are fully vaccinated, according to NSW Health.
625 people are currently in hospital, with 61 in ICU.
There were also 3 deaths.
In a press conference held this afternoon, Premier Dominic Perrottet said that if people do not have any symptoms, "you should not be lining up" for a COVID-19 test.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard also told reporters that "we are still hearing that people are declining to get vaccinated."
"Switch off your social media and switch on reality and go and get a booster."
You can watch the full press conference here.
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