NSW Reports 92,264 COVID Cases, 22 Deaths | Liverpool City Champion
More than 92,264 new COVID-19 infections have been reported in New South Wales after residents rushed to release positive results from rapid antigen tests since the start of the year.
The dramatic increase in the number of cases comes on top of another grim milestone as the state reported a record 22 lives lost in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
NSW Health warned that part of the total daily case count included people reporting positive RATs over multiple days and possible positive PCR follow-up tests.
The number includes 61,387 positive RAT results spanning the period since January 1, including 50,729 in the past seven days, as well as 30,877 PCR tests.
Earlier Thursday, Customer Service and Digital Minister Victor Dominello said 82,000 positive RAT results from tests since January 1 had been uploaded to the Service NSW app or website.
The RAT positive result reporting system went live on Wednesday morning and although the requirement did not become mandatory until the same day, NSW residents were asked to add tests performed since the start of the test. year.
As of January 19, the government will begin to impose a fine of $ 1,000 on anyone who does not report a positive RAT result.
Mr Dominello admits it will be very difficult to do, but the government had to send a message that it was important to report a positive result.
“It’s going to be almost impossible to enforce in a lot of ways,” he told Nine Network.
“But the majority of states and territories in the country have chosen to impose a fine or put a fine in place – Tasmania, South Australia, Northern Territory, ACT – and some have taken the other route by simply saying s’ please do this. “
Mr Dominello said the main purpose of recording a test result is to connect those infected with any healthcare needs they may need or financial assistance from the federal government.
Prior to the new RAT reporting regime, state opposition warned authorities to “fly blind” without a clear picture of the spread of the virus in the community.
But in fact, finding a RAT remains a challenge for many, until more supply enters the system.
Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said the government was considering a coupon-type system to distribute the tests.
Some 21.6% of people aged 16 and over received their third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 93.7% received their second vaccine.
Associated Australian Press