NSW records 2501 new COVID cases as Premier resists mask calls

New South Wales has recorded 2501 new cases of COVID-19, slightly down on Sunday’s case numbers, with no further deaths.

But hospital admissions are starting to increase, with 261 people being treated in hospitals across the state, up from 227 on Sunday.

There are 33 people currently in ICU, up from 28.


Of today’s new cases, 34 were detected in northern NSW, with the majority of those in Byron Bay.

There’s also been four infections in the Tweed, four in Lismore and four in Ballina.

The popular Beach Hotel Byron Bay has been identified as an exposure site from 12pm to 10pm on Tuesday December 14.

“Anyone who has been at this venue at the dates and times listed must immediately get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result, even if you are fully vaccinated or feel well,” NSW Health said.

Testing numbers remain high across the state, with more than 144,000 done on Sunday.

The state now has 93.4 percent of people over 16 with both doses of a COVID vaccine.

It comes as New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrotet calls for calm, but resists calls to bring back some restrictions.

Pressure is growing for the state to reintroduce mask-wearing, especially indoors.

“Case numbers are bound to rise, just as the modelling predicted, and we are all likely to have a close encounter with COVID,” Mr Perrotet wrote in the Daily Telegraph.

“This is not to be taken lightly.

“The safety of the community is and always will be our top priority, and if the trajectory of an outbreak appears likely to put our health system under excessive pressure, we will change our approach, tailoring it to the circumstances and the evidence.

“For now, that is not the case.”

Meantime, Victoria has recorded 1302 new cases but no deaths.

The state currently has 407 people being treated in hospital with 81 in ICU.