COVID hospitalisations increase in NSW as outbreak worsens with 23 cases battling virus in intensive care

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The number of COVID-positive patients in hospital has increased in NSW as 110 new local cases of the virus were confirmed.

There are currently 106 people being treated for the virus in hospital, an increase of 11 from Tuesday.

Of the number of cases in hospital, 23 are being treated in intensive care, 11 of whom are being ventilated.

While the total number of hospitalisations increased on Wednesday, the number of people in ICU dropped from 27.

“This shows how serious this disease can be for some people,” Dr Jeremy McAnulty said on Wednesday.

Of the 110 new cases announced on Wednesday, 43 were infectious in the community.

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Despite the increase in cases, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it was pleasing to see more than 83,000 people come forward for tests.

“We have done incredibly well in keeping the numbers where they are but we need to do better in order to live more freely,” she said.

“This Delta strain is much more contagious and it’s a cruel disease where any form of human interaction is causing transmission.

“I appeal to everybody’s patience and calm.

Gladys Berejiklian provided an update on Wednesday. Credit: AAP

“We will get through this as long as people take it seriously and sometimes people, through no fault of their own – they don’t even have symptoms – are carrying the disease and giving it to others unknowingly.

“That’s why all of us have to be on guard.

“We will get there. I’m absolutely convinced of that.”

Since the beginning of the outbreak on June 16, 1528 COVID cases have been recorded in NSW.

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