By DANIEL LO SURDO
Six people from the Inner West have died from COVID-19 in the last reporting period while the Sydney Local Health District recorded 954 new cases ahead of the return of NSW schools in two days.
It comes as NSW recorded 52 new deaths across the state and 13,524 new infections, with intensive care admissions and hospitalisations both slightly declining as demand and capacity modelling project that the health care system will be able to cope with the growing case numbers surged by the Omicron outbreak.
As of 27 January at 7:00 pm, 8,262 public hospital beds were occupied, which is about 1,200 beds under the NSW Health capacity and 4,200 below the combined public and private bed capacity. As of the last reporting period, there are now 2,663 COVID-19 hospitalisations across the state, which is 115 more than what is used in the state’s demand and capacity modelling.
Health authorities have found four cases of the new Omicron sub-variant in recent infections, with chief health officer Kerry Chant saying the “breakaway” strain showed no evidence of greater severity, however, warned of its transmission advantage, citing its spread in Denmark, where it is now the dominant strain.
From February 1, NSW Health will change its reporting cut-off time to 4:00 pm, rather than 8:00 pm, to put epidemiologists, surveillance officers and data analysts on “sustainable footing”, with chief health officer Kerry Chant saying that it will “provide more granular detail that will support the community”.
Of the 52 who died, 26 were from south-western Sydney, six from the Inner West, five were from western Sydney, three people were from Dubbo, two were from the Northern Beaches, two were from northern Sydney, two from south-eastern Sydney, one from southern Sydney, one from Newcastle, one from Lake Macquarie, one from northern NSW, one from Wollongong and one from the Central Coast.
The youngest among the 33 men and 19 women was in their 60s and the oldest was over 100, while six had received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 32 had received two doses, two has received one dose, and 12 were unvaccinated.