Inner West Independent

Four more Inner West COVID-19 deaths as NSW records 34,660 new cases

The Sydney Local Health District, which includes the Balmain Hospital (pictured), recorded 1,858 new cases of COVID-19. Photo: Heritage 21.

By DANIEL LO SURDO

Four more people from the Inner West have died from COVID-19 as 34,660 new cases were detected by NSW Health in the last reporting period.

It is part of 20 new deaths that were recorded in the 24 hours up to 8:00 pm last night, while hospitalisations reached 2,650 and 191 people were in intensive care. The Sydney Local Health District recorded 1,858 new cases of COVID-19.

The new Inner West COVID-19 deaths follow the two that were reported on Friday, with one announced yesterday.

Of the 20 deaths reported, 12 were men and eight were women, with two people aged in their 50s, six in their 70s, seven in their 80s, four people in their 90s and one person over 100. Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said both people in their 50s had serious underlying health conditions, with one vaccinated and one unvaccinated.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard called for unvaccinated people to “wake up to yourselves”, saying that “this virus will keep killing us and keep putting us in hospital, unless we get vaccinated”.

Tomorrow will mark one week since the Pfizer vaccine became available for children in Australia, with 11.5 per cent of the 5 to 11-year-old NSW population having received their first vaccination already. Over 82 per cent of people aged 12 to 15 have received their first vaccine dose, with 78.4 per cent double vaccinated. NSW schools are expected to resume on February 1.

Of the 34,660 positive tests reported, 20,978 derived from PCR testing while 13,682 came from rapid antigen tests, with 11,204 of the positive rapid results being returned over the past seven days.

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