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April 23, 2024

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Let’s not forget that Covid-19 is still a big issue in our community with 31,935 cases reported across Australia in the last week – an average of 4,562 cases per day.

In New South Wales there were 12,980 new cases reported with 6,614 positive results from PCR tests and 6,366 positive results from rapid antigen tests (RATs)

There were 59 deaths reported across the state – as per the national surveillance definition, deaths are reported as COVID-19 deaths if a person died with COVID-19, not necessarily because COVID-19 was the cause of death. Deaths are only excluded if there is a clear alternative cause of death that is unrelated to COVID-19 (e.g. trauma).

Of the reported 12,980 new cases about 10 per cent (1,292) were admitted to hospital and 31 people are in intensive care.

To date there have been 4,011,770 cases confirmed in Australia and sadly, 6,832 people have died. 

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  1. Covid calling, still calling, with Long Covid as afters for good measure.
    And yet the WHO has declared an end to the global Covid health emergency.

  2. unclear whether the new cases in NSW and the deaths are over a week or a day??

    People should presume they have even if no symptoms. Only a few caring people wear masks in crowded shopping centres. In USA each week 1,000 people still die every week.

    • The death rate for Covid is now admitted to be lower than seasonal flu. Wearing a face mask increases your chances of developing Pneumonia that has a higher mortality rate, and is more easily spread to others.

  3. It isn’t an issue at all – the variants are here to stay and evolve just like influenza and the only issue with covid or influenza or bacterial infections is how prepared one is to stay healthy and how one builds one’s immunity and finally, if sick, how one treats said illness. Covid is not an issue anymore than any other infectious illness is. The real issue here, is the gullible populace still prepared to be dictated to by profit seeking pharma companies and their servants in government and the media.

    • Does that gullible population you refer to include the new age kambo Ayahuasca crystal new age devotees ? Or are they enlightened like your good empathetic self ?

    • Mac Nicholson, Covid is very much an issue.
      The deaths continue, our hospitals are still being stressed with Covid patients, as if our hospitals aren’t already under the pump from ‘general admissions’.
      Long Covid ( we’ve just had delivery of the Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into Long Covid ) will continue to tie up our already stretched medical services. The human cost / misery of being a Long Covid sufferer and the economic cost ensures that Covid will be an ongoing issue for quite some time to come.
      Just because the government doesn’t want to publicly talk about Covid and has basically given up ( apart from the occasional reminder to get your Covid booster ), will not make Covid go away.

      • The flu is very much still an issue. The deaths continue. Pneumonia kills more than all of them put together. Doctors making mistakes kill even more. I suggest you listen to Dr Nikolai Petrovsky rather than spreading media hype.


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