Of the 210 COVID-19 deaths reported in NSW between January 21 and 27, 43 occurred in aged care facilities, Dr Chant said.
An additional 147 COVID-19 patients died in hospital over the past week and two died at home: a man in his 60s and a man in his 80s.
Dr Chant said the vast majority of people dying from the virus in NSW continued to have not received a booster dose.
Of the 18 people aged under 65 who died from the virus this week, nine were not fully vaccinated, eight have received two doses and only three had received a third dose.
Of these younger people who died from COVID-19, two had significant cardiac disease, two had significant obesity, three had chronic pulmonary disease, one had asthma, four had diabetes, two had chronic kidney disease, one had severe liver disease, six had cancer, one had severe mental illness, three were already on a palliative care pathway and three had very rare severe genetic conditions.
â€œI particularly want people who have got chronic conditions affecting their neurological systems, their heart, their lungs, their livers and kidneys or that are overweight or obese to get vaccinated and the elderly to get that booster dose,â€ Dr Chant said. â€œWe know for the greatest protection against the Omicron variant we need that third dose.â€
Every school has received its RATs: Premier
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet says the stateâ€™s 3000 state, Catholic and independent schools have now all received their supply of rapid antigen tests, to be used as students return to classrooms over the next week.
Children will need to be tested twice a week at home under the stateâ€™s program. Schools will provide information to families about how the program will operate at their school.
â€œObviously every school is different â€“ if you canâ€™t pick up your tests on day one, donâ€™t worry,â€ Mr Perrottet said. â€œThe schools will provide your child with those tests as school commences.â€
An extra 3400 school bus services and 200 train services will be added to the network from next week to allow better social distancing when schoolchildren return to public transport.
Transport Minister David Elliott said, â€œThere are a lot of mums and dads out there that donâ€™t want to expose their kids to the virus by using public transport, thatâ€™s why theyâ€™re driving them to and from school [and] I get it, which is why I specifically appeal to those parents that live close to the schools to think about walking, think about riding the bike.â€
QR codes to remain in NSW out of caution: Minister
The latest figures come as NSW Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello defended the decision to retain QR check-in codes despite NSW Health having stopped contact tracing.
He said it was a â€œline-ball decisionâ€ aimed at giving people more confidence to go out.
â€œThere are people out there who are still scarred and still lacking in confidence when it comes to going out there, particularly with Omicron,â€ Mr Dominello told 2GB on Friday morning.
â€œItâ€™s important that we err on the side of caution â€¦ it does give you alerts on your phone and, equally, if you donâ€™t want alerts, you can turn that off.â€
He said the QR codes were also part of a bid to align the settings in place across NSW, Victoria and Queensland.
â€œWe never want to go back to lockdowns or border closures, so if we got the same settings in place on the eastern seaboard, it makes travelling a lot easier as well,â€ Mr Dominello said.
He said settings would remain in place for the next month as children return to school but that the state had â€œgot through the worst of it in terms of Omicronâ€.
â€œThe next horizon will be a potential new wave in winter â€¦ this isnâ€™t going away so weâ€™re just going to have to deal with it,â€ he said.
Mr Dominello also apologised to L-platers, some of whom have faced delays of more than two months in taking their driving tests, and said testing centres were facing staff shortages due to the surge in Omicron cases.
â€œWe are getting back on track, weâ€™re just doing our best,â€ he said.
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