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Record case surge for NSW

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NSW has reported a new daily record of 6394 cases on Boxing Day, from reduced testing numbers on Christmas Day.

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There were 109,545 tests, a drop of around 40,000.

No deaths were reported but hospitalisations are up to 458 from 388. There are 52 people in ICU – the majority are unvaccinated.

The state hit its 95 per cent single dose vaccination rate for people aged 16 and over on Christmas Eve, Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Sunday.

The second dose rate is at 93.5 per cent. Among those aged 12-to-15, 81.6 per cent have received at least one dose and 78.3 per cent are double vaccinated.

“We never believed we would reach that rate,” he said.

“To be in a position now where we have one of of the highest vaccination rates, not just in Australia but globally, ensures that as we open up we’re able to do so as safely as possible.”

But Hazzard cautioned that case numbers will continue to rise with the Omicron variant.

“Everyone in NSW is probably going to get Omicron at some stage. Everybody in Australia will get Omicron,” he said, noting vaccination was the best way to face that prospect.

Victoria had 1604 daily infections and two deaths while there were 714 cases in Queensland, 71 in the ACT – half of Saturday’s numbers – and 44 in Tasmania, a new daily record for the island state.

-with AAP

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