NSW sees a drop in COVID-19 cases, recording 48,768 infections

New South Wales It reported 48,768 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, down significantly from 63,018 yesterday.

Twenty people have died after testing positive for the virus.

There are 2,576 people in the hospital and 193 in the intensive care unit, a slight increase from yesterday’s treatment numbers.

Of the positive results today, 21,748 rapid antigen tests (RAT) and 27,020 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests were reported.

Of the 21,748 positive RAT results, NSW Health said, 15,925 of those were positive from the previous seven days.

Professor Robert Bowie told today that the state is on the cusp of peaking Omicron cases despite an explosion in case numbers.

“We’re approaching the peak of our swing in terms of numbers in NSW and Victoria, and we’re likely to peak within the next week or two,” he said.

“But hospitalizations will peak in February because it comes about two weeks after cases.”

Traffic guards direct cars at a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic at Bondi Beach in Sydney. (AFP)

NSW was expected to reach its peak of 4,700 people in hospital by the end of January.

Instead, yesterday there were 2,525 people in hospital with COVID-19.

In terms of hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions, Prime Minister Dominique Perrottet said yesterday that the health system is outperforming even the most optimistic models.

“It’s encouraging, reassuring and fun,” he said.

The health system, however, is still under pressure, Perrottet said.

“It’s going to be a tough few weeks, but the tracking that we’re releasing today is very reassuring and encouraging given where we’re sitting today in the pandemic.”

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