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January 21, 2022

COVID Update: Hospitalisations, ICU admissions climb further

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The announcement, coming at this morning’s daily government press conference, represents significant additional stress being placed on the State’s health system.

Dominic Perrottet at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

The number of people in intensive care has risen to 170, up from 159 in the previous reporting period.

Fifty-one are on a ventilator.

The state also recorded 11 deaths during the reporting period – six women and five men.

Seven of those who died were aged in their 80s, three people in their 90s, and one person was in their 70s.

Nine of the 11 people who died were fully vaccinated.

NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said that there were 25,870 officially-recorded COVID cases, from 71,325 tests.

This figure is not an accurate reflection of the numbers in NSW, because it does not include Rapid Antigen Tests conducted by people at home, which is now the main type of testing taking place.

NSW residents were told at this morning’s press conference that a system of self-reporting for positive rapid antigen test results would be launched ‘very soon’.

No specific date was given.


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8 COMMENTS

  1. “Nine of the 11 who died were fully vaccinated.” Thats 82%. About the same as the state vax rate. Well thats proof right there that the vax ain’t working. Oh..and they’re all still in the 70s 80s and 90s. The decades in which people generally die anyway. And a booster may see that proportional death rate rise by the current looks of it – now that cytokine storms leading to death are starting to show up in larger numbers exclusively amongst the vaxed. Why the echo still sees fit to fan the flames of the scare mongering booster nonsense is anyones guess.

    • Nothing but the narrative John. Anything else might make people think twice (or even just think) about participating in the biggest human medical experiment in history, that was sold to the populous as a silver bullet. And a silver bullet it ain’t.

      Ever hear Govt health advice that suggests a better diet, vitamin D, exercise & weight loss?

      The fact Govts are still mandating these injections for Australians in certain industries (but not themselves) is disgraceful.

      And we wonder why almost every policy decision around Covid appears to be very favourable to the pharmaceutical industry. It’s almost like politicians across the globe have had the same policy ideas…. a coincidence perhaps.

      • Steve I do all those things and am not obese and I still had the vaccine 💉. I still get the flu vaccine, I’ve had the pneumonia vaccine and a pertussis booster before I cuddled my first grandchild. I like to give my immune system ALL the advantages

        I also avoid playing around with used needles and blood spills because, though I’ve done what I can, I don’t trust my immune system to deal with HIV, hep B &C etc.

        Btw – it was never sold as a silver bullet and a lot less expensive than hospital admission.

  2. Unfortunately advanced years plus a bad case of Covid are more likely to lead to death – you’re right. But remember too that this age group is more likely to include more of the vaccinated (because of their vulnerabilities) and have the most waning immunity because they were the first immunised and with Astra Zeneca. Look also at the rate of hospitalisations and deaths per 1000 cases (admittedly almost impossible right now to gauge but it’s not likely to be an underestimate) before and after vaccines. I wouldn’t be too hasty to wipe off vaccination, including boosters just yet.

    The thing is that when a virus is new it’s evolution tends to be rapid so that the vaccines are attempting to hit a moving target. The other thing is that, even before Omicron and waning immunity you lot were still in denial regardless of the figures so please excuse my scepticism about your scepticism.

    Take a look at the figures in ICUs – that’s not an experience I want whether I survive or not. Plus the numbers are not doing much for the quality of health care we might all find ourselves needing.

  3. @ John. Rather than pick a day in isolation it might save your life to take a wider lens.

    Between June and December last year in NSW there were about 107,000 Covid cases. Nearly 2/3rds of these people were unvaccinated, even though by the end of 2021 94% of NSW adults were fully vaccinated.

    Of the 1561 adults in NSW who ended up in ICU or dead due to Covid in the second half of 2021 – 1374 of these poor people were not vaccinated.

    Cherry picking data kills people John.

    https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Documents/covid-19-surveillance-report-20220107.pdf

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