Good morning on this second day of 2022.
We’ll have the latest Covid numbers for NSW and Victoria shortly, but first a quick recap. Yesterday, NSW recorded 22,577 cases and four deaths, while in Victoria daily cases rose to 7,442 and nine people lost their lives.
The hospital systems are under pressure particularly in NSW where 901 Covid patients are admitted, including 79 in ICU. That’s prompted NSW to exempt health workers from Covid isolation rules.
It comes as AAP reports the prime minister is monitoring for Covid symptoms after a positive case attended his press conference at Sydney’s Kirribilli House.
Scott Morrison and chief medical officer Paul Kelly held the press conference on Wednesday, 29 December, to announce a snap national cabinet meeting. It was outdoors and those attending were wearing masks.