Across NSW, more than 95 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 94.7 per cent have received two doses to Monday 18 April 2022.
The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 17,714,054, with 5,046,792 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 12,667,262 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11:59pm on Monday 18 April 2022.
NSW Health encourages everyone who is eligible to receive a vaccination or their booster dose to book into a NSW Health vaccination clinic or another provider without delay through the COVID-19 vaccine clinic finder.
Sadly, NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of 15 people with COVID-19; eight men and seven women.
One person was aged in their 40s, one person was aged in their 60s, five people were in their 70s, five people were in their 80s and three people were in their 90s. Older age is a significant risk factor for serious illness and death for COVID-19, particularly when combined with significant underlying health conditions.
Of the 13 people who died over the age of 65, one person had received four doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, eight people had received three doses, three people had received two doses, and one person was not vaccinated.
Of the two people who died under the age of 65, one person had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and one person was unvaccinated. Both had underlying health conditions.
Four people were from south western Sydney, four people were from Sydney’s inner west, two people were from south eastern Sydney, one person was from western Sydney, one person was from northern Sydney, one person was from Wollongong, one person was from the Lake Macquarie region, and one person was from western NSW.
NSW Health expresses its sincere condolences to their loved ones.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 2,641.
There are currently 1,639 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 72 people in intensive care, 24 of whom require ventilation.
There were 15,414 positive test results notified in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday – including 10,311 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs) and 5,103 positive PCR tests. The positive PCR results were returned from a total of 28,198 PCR tests.
Following further investigation, 2 COVID-19 cases reported by RAT have been excluded. There has now been a total of 875,016 positive RATs recorded since reporting began on 13 January 2022.
Following further investigation, 24 COVID-19 cases detected by PCR tests have been excluded and 456 cases previously reported as RAT-positive have been confirmed as PCR-positive cases, bringing the total number of cases detected by PCR tests in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,279,714.
NSW Health continues to urge everyone to take four simple precautions to protect each other:
Original content from The Hon Greg Hunt MP media page. Note: Content has been edited for style and length.
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