NSW records 30k cases, 25 deaths as Premier finalises school plan

New South Wales has recorded another 30,825 cases of COVID-19 along with 25 deaths.

But the number of people in hospital has fallen.

The number of patients being treated for COVID-19 in New South Wales stands at 2781, a drop of 82 from Wednesday’s figures.


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There are currently 212 people in ICU.

Of the state’s new cases, 13,178 were positive rapid test results with more than 11,000 of those from the previous seven days.

It comes as New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrotet prepares to outline to National Cabinet his plan for the resumption of school.

Extra rapid antigen tests will be brought into the state for students and teachers to be tested regularly.

Retired teachers and final-year university students could also be tapped on the shoulder to fill an expected teacher shortage when school returns.

“Ultimately our focus here in New South Wales is to have students back in the classroom on the first day of school. We see rapid antigen tests playing an important role in that, at least with the short term as we move through this Omicron wave,” Mr Perrottet told the ABC.

“Rapid antigen tests will play a role as we move forward but we want to give comfort to teachers and to parents that the school environment is a safe environment and there’s no doubt here and right around the country there will be challenges as we move through.”