Across NSW, more than 95 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 94.6 per cent have received two doses to Tuesday 5 April 2022.
The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 17,574,380 with 5,029,021 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 12,545,359 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11.59pm on Tuesday 5 April 2022.
NSW Health encourages everyone who is eligible to receive a vaccination or their booster dose to book into a NSW Health vaccination clinic or another provider without delay through the
COVID-19 vaccine clinic finder.
Sadly, NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of 16 people; 11 men and five women.
Two people were aged in their 50s, four people were aged in their 70s, five people were aged in their 80s and five people were aged in their 90s. Older age is a significant risk factor for serious illness and death for COVID-19, particularly when combined with significant underlying health conditions.
Of the 14 people who died over the age of 65, six people had received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, six people had received two doses and two people were unvaccinated.
One person in their 50s who died had received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and had significant underlying health conditions.
The other person in their 50s who died had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and had no underlying health conditions.
Three people were from Sydney's south west, four people were from Western Sydney, two people were from Sydney's Inner West, one person was from Sydney's south, one person was from Queanbeyan, one person was from the Hilltops region, one person was from Newcastle, one person was from the Central Coast, one person was from Wollongong and one person was from Wagga Wagga.
NSW Health expresses its sincere condolences to their loved ones. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 2,505.
There are currently 1,437 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 48 people in intensive care, 15 of whom require ventilation.
There were 22,255 positive test results notified in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday – including 12,569 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs) and 9,686 positive PCR tests. The 9,686 positive PCR results were returned from a total of 56,540 PCR tests.
Following further investigation, 17 COVID-19 cases reported by RAT have been excluded. There has now been a total of 768,985 positive RATs recorded since reporting began on 13 January 2022.
Following further investigation, 74 COVID-19 cases detected by PCR tests have been excluded and 997 cases previously reported as RAT-positive have been confirmed as PCR-positive cases, bringing the total number of cases detected by PCR tests in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,191,870.
NSW Health is urging everyone to be vigilant as COVID-19 cases continue to remain high across the state.
NSW COVID-19 weekly data overview for the week ending 2 April shows 139,483 people were diagnosed with COVID-19 during that week, a decrease of five per cent compared with the previous week. The reported case rate remains highest in people aged 10 to 19 years.
The number of people being admitted to hospital, including intensive care, has increased. The seven-day rolling average of daily hospital admissions increased to an average of 150 admissions in the week ending 2 April, compared with 141 admissions at the end of the previous week.
The seven-day rolling average of daily intensive care admissions increased to an average of 12 admissions by the end of this week, compared with 10 admissions at the end of the previous week. Some people with COVID-19 may be admitted to hospital or intensive care for reasons other than COVID-19.
NSW Health continues to urge everyone to take four simple precautions to protect each other:
* to 11:59pm 5 April 2022
** Please note: The 12 to 15-year-old vaccination rate has dropped slightly as unvaccinated children move into the 12 to 15-year-old bracket and 16-year-olds move into the 16+ age bracket. This results in small movements in age cohorts.
* notified from 8pm 5 April to 8pm 6 April 2022.