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NSW COVID-19 cases surge again, while Victoria clocks 7442 new infections



COVID-19 cases have surged once again in New South Wales, with the state clocking a further 22,577 new infections and five coronavirus-related deaths.

Hospitalisations have also risen to 901, with 79 people in ICU.

It comes after the state saw a record-high 21,151 cases recorded on New Year's Eve.

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The surge has sparked concern for the health system.

Health Services Union NSW secretary Gerard Haye told Today staff are burnt out and fatigued.

"We're in the grind now, the Prime Minister has indicated we're at the point of no return," he said.

"We have to have a short-term medium term and long-term approach to ensure the people doing all the heavy lifting over the past 18 months who are chronically fatigued, and now frustrated, are not being burnt out.

In a statement released late yesterday, NSW Health announced some asymptomatic healthcare workers will be able to leave isolation to go to work even when classed as COVID-19 close contacts.

The Public Health Order was signed by Health Minister Brad Hazzard to "minimise potential impacts on health services across the state".

Mr Gerard said healthcare workers were only "given 40 minute notice of this change".

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Victoria has clocked 7442 new infections, up 1523 from the day before.

Nine more patients with COVID-19 have died.

451 people are being treated in hospital, with 51 in ICU.

A third of Victoria's COVID-19 cases are the Omicron variant, Victoria Health Minister Martin Foley confirmed yesterday.

More to come…

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