Covid Australia: NSW records 45,098 cases with 9 deaths

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Sat, 8 Jan 2022, 12:00PM
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Covid Australia: NSW records 45,098 cases with 9 deaths

Author
news.com.au,
Publish Date
Sat, 8 Jan 2022, 12:00PM

New South Wales has announced a record 45,098 new cases and nine Covid deaths in the past 24 hours. 

There are now 1795 infected people in the state's hospitals, with 145 in intensive care as of Saturday morning. 

More than 93 per cent of eligible people are fully vaccinated in the state. 

A total of 116,000 tests were taken on Friday. 

Saturday's update comes after Premier Dominic Perrottet announced a raft of new restrictions to combat skyrocketing infection rates. 

The rapid spread of the Omicron variant has heaped pressure on the health system, furloughed staff across various industries, and driven mass testing delays. 

From Saturday, singing and dancing is prohibited in hospitality venues (including pubs, clubs, nightclubs, bars and restaurants), entertainment facilities and major recreation facilities. 

This restriction will not apply to weddings or for students, instructors and performers in certain settings. 

New South Wales has announced a record 45,098 new cases and nine Covid deaths. Photo / Getty Images 

It comes after NSW broke its daily record for Covid cases again on Friday, reporting 38,625 infections and 11 more deaths of people with the virus.