Record COVID-19 hospitalizations in New South Wales as infections in Victoria and Queensland rise

NSW has reached a record number of daily hospitalizations and cases as the Omicron variant continues to spread across the state.

The state reported two deaths and 23,131 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, an increase of more than 2,000 from the 20,794 infections recorded on Monday.

The tally exceeds the previous peak of 22,577 recorded on New Years Day.

There are 1,344 people hospitalized with COVID-19, another record for the state.

Health workers administer COVID-19 PCR tests at St Vincent's Drive clinic in Bondi Beach in Sydney on Friday, December 31, 2021.

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This number exceeds the previous record of 1,268 hospitalizations recorded on September 21 during the catch of the Delta variant.

The number of NSW hospitalizations increased by 140 out of the 1,204 patients hospitalized the day before.

105 people are in intensive care, up 10 patients from Monday.

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Queensland recorded 5,699 new COVID-19 infections, up from 4,249 infections reported on Monday.

“The number of cases that we expect to see through January will be very high… certainly hundreds of thousands, if not more,” said Dr John Gerrard, Queensland’s chief medical officer of health.

There are now 25,924 active cases in the state and 170 people hospitalized with COVID-19, 11 people are in intensive care and two are on ventilators.

Tasmania has reported 702 new cases of COVID-19. Three people hospitalized have COVID-19, one of whom is being treated specifically for the virus.

There is no one in intensive care in the state.

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