NSW has recorded another day of rising Covid cases and a further 20 Covid-related deaths.
The state detected 10,312 new infections in the most recent 24-hour reporting period.
It is the first time since last Friday the state has reported more than 10,000 cases. Despite a recent upward trend, the number of Covid-19 infections recorded across NSW has peaked and fallen, however the number of people dying with the virus remains stubbornly high.
Some 1,906 people remain in hospital with the virus, with 132 in intensive care.
Minister calls for ‘common sense’ hospital rules
Visiting rules in public hospitals are under review after a backlash from families who have been unable to spend time with dying relatives.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard has been under pressure after several people told heartbreaking stories about their loved ones dying alone because of strict visiting rules in public hospitals.
Mr Hazzard says it’s difficult to strike a balance between showing compassion to families and protecting other patients from Covid-19.
“I am working with NSW Health and with the doctors and with the nurses to develop a set of guidelines which hopefully strike the balance and making sure there is compassion and care,” he told Sydney radio 2GB on Wednesday.
“What I have said to Health (NSW) is surely, surely compassion, concern and common sense should be at the center of what’s happening.”
Victoria records another 21 Covid-related deaths
Meanwhile Victoria has recorded 9,908 new Covid-19 cases, while 21 people have died with the virus, the state’s health department said on Wednesday morning.
The fresh infections include 6,281 from rapid antigen tests and 3,627 from PCR tests.
The state is managing 57,022 total active cases.
The number of Victorians in hospital has fallen by 33, to 542 patients on Wednesday, down from 575 reported on Tuesday.
Of these, 71 are in intensive care and 27 are in need of ventilation.
About 46 per cent of Victorians over 18 have received a vaccine booster as the premier warned that three doses of the coronavirus vaccine might soon be required for international travelers hoping to visit Victoria.
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