Sixteen COVID-19 deaths recorded in NSW

NSW records 16 COVID-19 deaths, 22,255 new cases on April 7, 2022

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There are 1437 COVID-19 patients in hospital, with 48 in ICU.

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NSW has recorded 22,255 new COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths in the 24 hours to 4pm.

Yesterday, the state reported 24,151 new infections and 15 lives lost.

There are 1437 COVID-19 patients in hospital, with 48 in ICU.

Hospitalisation numbers are down on yesterday, when 1444 patients were being cared for with 51 in ICU.

Of the new cases, 12,569 came from positive rapid antigen tests while 9686 came from PCR testing.

Today's 22,255 new cases come as thousands of NSW health workers walk off the job, calling for a pay rise in an ongoing industrial dispute with the government.

Under the state's wages cap, public sector pay increases cannot legally exceed 2.5 per cent but the Health Services Union maintains this is not enough with inflation running at 3.5 per cent.

The union is campaigning for a 5.5 per cent increase "to account for the impact of the pandemic and the surging cost of living".

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Thursday's strike will go ahead despite the Industrial Relations Commission scheduling a conciliation hearing for next week between the government and health workers.

NSW's population aged 16 years and over is 94.6 per cent double vaccinated, while 96 per cent have had their first COVID-19 vaccine shot.

60.7 per cent have had their third dose of vaccine.

Photo: File

Photo: File

Those aged between 12 and 15 years are 79.5 per cent double vaccinated, while 83.3 per cent have had their first dose.

Of those aged 5 to 11 years old, 49.7 per cent have had their first vaccine dose.

NSW Health will release further details of today's cases at 11am.

- with Australian Associated Press

The story Sixteen COVID-19 deaths recorded in NSW first appeared on Newcastle Herald.

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