NSW records biggest ever spike in daily COVID-19 cases

NSW has recorded more than 2000 new local COVID-19 cases for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

A total of 2,213 new infections were detected in the past 24 hours – the state’s biggest daily increase ever.

There has also been a spike in Omicron cases, with 65 detected overnight, bringing the total number to 185.


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One person has also passed away.

“Sadly, NSW Health is today reporting the death of a woman in her 60s from the Northern Tablelands who died at St Vincent’s Hospital,” NSW Health said.

“She was not vaccinated and had underlying health conditions.”

Of today’s new cases, 96 were detected in northern NSW, with the exact locations yet to be revealed.

Cases continue to grow in Newcastle, with a number of new venues of concern identified.

Anyone who attended The Great Northern Hotel from 12.01 Saturday 11 December until close is being told to monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately and isolate if they present.

The same is being advised for anyone who attended Finnegan’s Hotel from 7pm Saturday 11 December until close and the Cambridge Hotel from 7pm Saturday 11 December until close, and 6pm Sunday 12 December until close.

Meantime, anyone who attended the “On Repeat: Taylor Swift Red Party” at Sydney’s Metro Theatre from 9pm on December 10 has been ordered to get tested immediately and isolate for 7 days.

More than 600 people attended the event.

Across the state, there are currently 215 cases in hospital, with 24 people in intensive care, eight of whom require ventilation.

A total of 94.8 per cent of people aged 16 and over in NSW have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 93.3 per cent are fully vaccinated.