The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations is still rising, 11 new deaths have been reported

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations is still rising, 11 new deaths have been reported

The state recorded 25,870 COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday.

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  • There are now 170 people in intensive care, up yesterday from 159.

  • There were 71,325 PCR tests undertaken.

NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant yesterday said cases figures of just over 20,000 recorded on Sunday “clearly is an underestimate”.

RATs are not yet included in NSW’s daily case counts, as they are in Victoria, because there is no official reporting system for them.

Dr Chant said the low figure, compared to numbers posted in recent weeks, was likely a result of the shift towards people self diagnosing using rapid antigen tests (RAT) instead of PCR swabs.

A self-reporting feature for RATs will be added to the Service NSW app this week, the state government has announced.

Customer Services and Digital Government Minister Victor Dominello took to Twitter last night, saying: “The team is working around the clock to get this live very soon,” he said.

More to come.

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