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NSW records another 29 COVID-19 deaths as hospitalisations take slight dip

COVID-19 cases have decreased again in New South Wales, with 17,316 recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

A further 29 deaths were also reported, with hospitalisations falling slightly to 2722 from 2794 yesterday.

However, the number of people in intensive care rose to 181 from 175 yesterday.

Four Sydney aged care homes have recorded more than 170 COVID-19 cases apiece during the Omicron outbreak, with fears a lack of supplies is fuelling the spread.

Management at the facilities, which house some of the people most vulnerable to the virus, said there were two main reasons for the surge in cases.

They pointed to delays in testing, as well as delays in the booster shot rollout for both staff and residents.

COVID-19 cases are surging in a number of Sydney aged care centres. (Getty Images/Maskot)

The management are calling for changes to lockdown rules to combat the spread, but say the mental health problem is greater than that posed by Omicron.

Meanwhile NSW businesses are calling for the state government to unveil its support package, with Premier Dominic Perrottet saying it will be coming soon.

Industry leaders have warned that ongoing QR code check-in mandates remain a burden on small business.

Mr Perrottet this week announced current restrictions such as indoor mask mandates and density limits at hospitality venues would be extended to the end of February.

People are encouraged to keep working from home and mingling is not recommended.

Mr Perrottet said these measures will help elective surgery return by mid-February.

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NSW recorded 21,030 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, and 29 deaths.

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