NSW, Vic record 74 deaths, 26,000 new COVID cases

New South Wales has recorded a further 35 COVID-related deaths in the last 24 hours.

It takes the state’s toll for the pandemic to 1231.

Case numbers have fallen with 13,333 recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, down from more than 17,000 on Thursday.


More than 7000 of those are positive rapid tests from the previous seven days.

But hospital admissions have increased with 2737 patients currently being treated.

There are 189 people in ICU, up from 181 yesterday.

Meantime, case numbers in Victoria have also fallen with 12,755 reported on Friday.

But the state recorded another 39 deaths.

Hospital admissions have dropped from 1057 to 988.

There are 114 people in ICU, a slight drop from Thursday’s figures with 40 patients being ventilated.