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UPDATED January 11, 2022: More in hospital, ICU and requiring ventilation

By Peter Holmes

The number of people across the state admitted to hospital, in intensive care, and requiring ventilation all climbed in the 24 hours to 8pm Monday.

In the latest reporting period there were 2,186 Covid cases in hospital, up from 2,030.

There were 170 people in ICUs, up from 159.

There were 51 people requiring ventilation, up from 47.

In the Western NSW Local Health District there were 16 people in hospital, and none in intensive care.

Statewide, there were 71,325 Covid tests reported, down from 84,333, and there were 25,870 new positive cases.

However the government has conceded it has no idea of the true number of positive cases.

The Orange News Examiner has suspended publishing the data relating to each town, village and city, as it has become meaningless due to the lack of official reporting around rapid antigen tests.

NSW Health reported the statewide deaths of 11 people with Covid; six women and five men.

Seven people were aged in their 80s, three people were aged in their 90s, and one person was aged in their 70s.

Queues for testing on Peisley Street. Copyright: Orange News Examiner.

Of the 11 people who died; nine were vaccinated and two were not vaccinated.

Booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine are now available for people aged 18 and over.

People aged 18 years and over are eligible for a booster if they had their second dose at least four months ago.

NSW Health stated: "We urge people to get their booster dose as soon as they are eligible, to best protect themselves, their loved ones and the community from the ongoing transmission of COVID-19.

"We also strongly recommend that people aged 12 years and over who are severely immunocompromised have a third primary dose of vaccine from two months after their second dose."

NSW Health vaccination clinics across the state are now administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children aged five to 11 years old.

The department is encouraging parents and caregivers to make a booking for vaccination at any NSW Health vaccination clinic, at a general practitioner, or a community pharmacy.


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