Covid Australia NSW case numbers SPIKE up to 276 infections but only 31 people in intensive care

Number of NSW cases rises again to 276 infections, but only 31 people are in intensive care statewide and no one has died

  • Number of NSW Covid cases rises daily this week from 173 on Tuesday to 276
  • No deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours and only 31 are in ICU statewide
  • Prime Minister Dom Perrottet is still pushing ahead with plan to scrap masks next month










Rising Covid numbers in New South Wales have reported a further 276 new cases overnight in the wake of relaxed restrictions in the state.

Thursday’s numbers are significantly higher than the previous 248 reported on Wednesday and 173 on Tuesday, amid mounting fears of a Christmas spike.

But health officials emphasize that only 31 people are in intensive care with the disease statewide and there are no deaths, with vaccinations minimizing the impact of Covid.

NSW has now passed the 92 percent fully vaccinated mark among adults over the age of 16, and nearly 76 percent of teens aged 12-15 now also have a double shot.

Rising Covid numbers in New South Wales have reported a further 276 new cases overnight in the wake of relaxed restrictions in the state (pictured, a passenger is being tested at Sydney Airport)

Health officials emphasize that only 31 people are in intensive care with the disease statewide and no deaths, with vaccinations minimizing the impact of Covid (photo, police at a covid alarm in Byron Bay)

Health officials emphasize that only 31 people are in intensive care with the disease statewide and no deaths, with vaccinations minimizing the impact of Covid (photo, police at a covid alarm in Byron Bay)

The numbers are rising as NSW Prime Minister Dom Perrottet has confirmed he would be scrapping mandatory masks indoors, in shops and businesses and on public transport from December 15.

QR codes may soon also be deprecated in some low-risk settings, such as cafes.

Anyone who has not yet been vaccinated will receive the same freedoms from December 15 as the fully stung.

“I don’t want a two-tier system in New South Wales,” the prime minister told Sky News.

The rising numbers come as NSW Prime Minister Dom Perrottet confirmed he would be scrapping mandatory masks indoors, in retail and business and on public transport from December 15 (pictured, Sydney shoppers wearing masks)

The rising numbers come as NSW Prime Minister Dom Perrottet confirmed he would be scrapping mandatory masks indoors, in retail and business and on public transport from December 15 (pictured, Sydney shoppers wearing masks)

“I don’t want to stay in a situation where we have these limitations, where QR codes are always present.

“It’s not the role of government to provide freedom and liberty – that’s really what we have by being born in this country, the inherent human dignity that we all have.”

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