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Australia Covid update: positive test rate in NSW hits 20% high as Omicron cases surge

Hospitalisations climb to more than 1,000 in NSW for first time since Omicron variant emerged as number of PCR tests drops

The positivity rate for Covid-19 cases in New South Wales has hit a high of 20% as the number of people in hospital with the virus passed 1,000 for the first time since the highly-contagious Omicron variant arrived.

On Sunday there were 1,066 people in hospital with Covid-19 – an 18% increase a day after the number had already doubled between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve.

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