NSW reports 20,148 new COVID cases, 30 lives lost

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The state of NSW has reported 20,148 new daily COVID cases, with 2,762 in hospital and 204 in ICU.

Unfortunately, the state lost another 30 lives to the deadly virus.

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The high fatality rate comes the day after the embattled state reported its highest daily death toll, with a reported 46 lives lost on Friday. However, ICU numbers have declined slightly from 209 reported on Friday to 204 on Saturday.

Just over 30 per cent of eligible people in NSW are triple-vaccinated and 93.9 per cent are double-vaxxed. The single jab figure is 95.3 per cent.

The single vaccination rate for kids aged five to 11 years sits at 24.1 per cent. Kids aged between 12 and 15 are 78.4 per cent double vaxxed and 82.6 per cent single jabbed.

Of the 20,148 new COVID cases, 11,582 were reported via PCR tests with the remaining 8,566 reported via RATs.

While the figure for new COVID cases remain stubbornly high, NSW still reported a slight decrease in new cases from Friday’s reported 25,168 cases.

School return uncertainty

NSW has recorded 20,148 new COVID-19 cases and 30 deaths in the latest reporting period. Credit: AP

The high new COVID case numbers and rate of deaths come as NSW are yet to release a plan to return kids to classrooms safety.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet on Friday said rapid antigen tests would play a “short-term role” to boost confidence and that opening schools on day one was “critically important”.

The plan is expected to be released in the coming days but Opposition Leader Chris Minns said parents and teachers urgently needed clarity.

“We really need the NSW premier to front up and explain to the parents and teachers and students of this state when that plan will be released,” Opposition leader Chris Minns said on Friday.

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