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May 23, 2024

COVID-19 update Friday February 11

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The latest stats provided by Northern NSW Local Health District report that to 4pm yesterday, February 10, 391 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the District, including 93 positive PCR tests and 298 positive rapid antigen tests (RAT).***

The NNSWLHD report says that there are 33 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with four of these in ICU.

Confirmed tests by LGA (PCR and RAT included):

  • Ballina 36
  • Byron 38
  • Clarence Valley 82
  • Kyogle 10
  • Lismore 51
  • Richmond Valley 28
  • Tweed Heads 146

The usual Friday update from Dr Kerry Chant has not yet been broadcast owing to the coverage of the memorial for Andrew Peacock. The Echo hopes this information will be available later today.

** Please note these RAT results may be from within the previous seven days, and there may be some cases included in these numbers where people have reported positive RATs on multiple days and/or where people have also had a positive PCR test during the same reporting period.

For the most up-to-date COVID information visit nsw.gov.au.


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  1. How about you include to stats and raw data put out by the NSW Health dep in their media release every day that over the last week between the 28th of Jan to the 3rd of Feb of the 258 deaths of people with covid 197 of them were vaccinated and 63 were un vaccinated. That means 76.4% who died were vaccinated. I hope you have changed your editorial policy of only mentioning when someone has died if they haven’t had the jab. Or do you just print what the gov tells you and conveniently not mention that the jab doesn’t stop you from dying like everyone was told. Its not a booster is just a product that has failed in its promises 2, 3, or 4 times.

    • Hi Dean,

      The stats report from Dr Kerry Chant didn’t happen at the usual time today _ it appears they were all off at Andrew Peacock’s memorial service. The broadcast was very late and our news drudge had already fallen asleep. Maybe we can convince them to do it tomorrow.

    • This has been done to death Dean. You obviously don’t follow the discussions following other updates; you didn’t even read to the end of the report.

  2. Dean from NSW health all 258 deaths were in people over 30 and that in NSW “more than 95% of people aged 16 and over had received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine”. That is, the 63 (24.4%) unvaccinated deaths come from less than 5% of the 16 and over population while the remaining 195 (75.6%) come from more than 95% of the 16 and over population. If vaccination had no effect would expect less than 5% unvaccinated deaths.
    From NSW health 41.7% of the 18 and over population had received a third dose to 1 February but only 46 (17.8%) of the 258 deaths were people who had had three doses.
    Of the 15 deaths under 65, 5 (33%) were unvaccinated and only 1 (6.7%) had received three doses.
    This tells me that being vaccinated, especially with a booster, significantly reduces the chance of dying from Covid-19.

  3. Liz, This has been done to the end of forever. Dean’s either fooling around with
    the numbers or has no idea whatsoever the pandemic is likely to do next. No
    going & getting away from what’s far from ‘good news’.

  4. Dean

    Please think about what you say. The data on deaths, etc have shown the complete opposite from your comment “the jab doesn’t stop you from dying like everyone was told. Its not a booster is just a product that has failed in its promises 2, 3, or 4 times.”

    Taking the above data for deaths for unvaccinated, and vaccinated and boosted cohorts shows that
    – those with one or two doses have a 78% lower rate of death than unvaccinated, and
    – the boosted cohort have a 92% lower death rate than unvaccinated.

    Such analysis time and time again illustrates the effectiveness (albeit not up to 100%) of the vaccine in its role to, inter alia, reduce deaths. Often when I see data similar to above from various countries, I do these simple calculations and obtain similar results. I hope that helps you, and others, see that vaccines are in actual fact lowering the death rate.

    Also see my post to an article a few days ago in


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