NSW records almost 50,000 cases

NSW Covid case numbers continue to soar, with almost 50,000 new infections reported on Saturday as well as 20 more deaths.

NSW has recorded 48,768 new Covid-19 infections and 20 deaths on Saturday.

There are 2576 people in hospital with the virus, with 193 in intensive care, with both figures up on the previous day.

It comes as 63,018 new cases were reported on Friday.

Friday was a record day of Covid-related deaths, with 24 lives lost.

While the state’s health system is “feeling the strain” from Omicron, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet insists it will not buckle under the pressure.

“The health system is under pressure in this state, just like right around the country and right around the world as we move through this pandemic,” Mr Perrottet said on Friday.

“It is going to be a difficult few weeks ahead but the tracking that we are releasing is very reassuring and encouraging given where we sit today in the pandemic.”

Chief health officer Kerry Chant also warned about four million people would catch the virus before the ongoing wave subsided.

Originally published as NSW records 48,768 new cases of Covid-19 and 20 more deaths

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