However there are now 2525 people in hospital, 184 of whom are in intensive care. That is a rise in hospitalisations of 142 on the previous day.
Of the positive cases, 37,938 were from rapid antigen tests that NSW Health said included 24,329 results from the past seven days.
Victoria has recorded another 34,836 new COVID-19 cases today and 18 deaths, as isolation rules are eased across the state for workers in critical industries. The number of infected patients requiring treatment has also risen, with 976 people currently being cared for in hospitals. Of those, 112 are in the intensive care unit and 30 require ventilation.
NSW Health again said that the case numbers may be inflated by multiple RAT results from the same person, or by people who tested positive on an RAT before receiving a PCR test.
A little more than 60,000 positive RAT results, dating back to January 1, were included in yesterday’s record tally of 92,264 new COVID-19 cases.
The high numbers come as a Hillsong youth camp on the NSW Mid North Coast faces heavy criticism, with witnesses claiming it looked more like a music festival, with singing and dancing.
NSW Health said last night it had “requested Hillsong immediately stop singing and dancing at an event being held in the Newcastle area”, saying it was a breach of the Public Health Order.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the Hillsong event was “clearly in breach of both the spirit and intent of the Order, which is in place to help keep the community safe”.
Hillsong has denied any claims that the camp was a music festival.
“These events are our annual high school aged youth camps, and are not similar to a music festival in any way,” a Hillsong spokesperson said in a statement.
“Our camps involve primarily outdoor recreational activities including sports and games.
“We follow strict COVID procedures and adhere to government guidelines.
“Outdoor Christian services are held during the camp but these are only a small part of the program, and any singing is only a small part of each service.”
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