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Hunter doctors brace themselves for another wave of COVID-19

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Doctors are bracing themselves for another wave of COVID-19, throughout NSW, after new case numbers rose by more than 7,000 in the past week.

In the seven days to 4pm on Thursday 10 November, 19,800 infections were recorded, compared to the previous tally of 12,450.

The latest total came from 11,408 PCR tests and 8,392 RATs (rapid antigen tests).

Sadly, 22 lives were lost during that period, while 974 people were hospitalised with 32 in ICU.

The Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) was the fifth worst-affected region in the state.

With the Lake Macquarie LGA providing the bulk of the positive cases, HNELHD registered 1,982 infections following 994 PCRs and 988 RATs.

“There has been a substantial increase in the number of people notified with COVID-19,” NSW Health Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said.

“The rate of PCR testing and the proportion of PCR tests that are positive have also amplified.

“We are now seeing an increase in hospital admissions.

“The current wave of transmission is being driven by a mix of variants.

“We are closely monitoring S-gene target and sequencing data in relation to BA.2 sub-lineages, including BR.2 a sub-lineage of BA.2.75.

“We’re observing other emerging variants as well.

“So, people need to be aware of any possible symptoms – and to get their booster shots.”

Booster dose eligibility

An additional booster dose is recommended for people aged 50 or older and those at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, such as:

  • People living in aged care
  • People living in disability care
  • Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Pacific Islander peoples
  • People who are immunocompromised, as defined by their doctor or clinician
  • Pregnant women aged 30-49, in discussion with their doctor

People aged 30 and older can also access an additional booster if they wish.

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