New South Wales has recorded another big spike in COVID-19 cases with 1742 infections reported on Thursday, the highest daily number since the pandemic began.
That’s up from the 1360 cases that were recorded on Wednesday.
There were no further deaths recorded in the state overnight.
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There’s also been a jump in the number of people being treated in hospital with 192 patients, up from 166 yesterday.
Of those, 26 people are being treated in ICU.
But the number of hospitalisations is still a fraction of what they were three months ago.
It comes amid warnings that case numbers in New South Wales will continue to keep surging with experts fearing the reproduction rate of the virus could climb above 1.5.
“What they’re telling us is that by the end of January, we could be looking at 25,000 cases of the virus every single day,” NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard told reporters on Wednesday.
Meantime, Victoria has recorded 1622 new COVID-19 cases, up from 1405 yesterday.
The state also recorded nine further deaths.