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Christmas Day infections in NSW surge to 6288 cases making it a new record

NSW has set a new record for the highest number of daily cases since the pandemic began as it reached 6288 new cases on Christmas Day.

The state’s cases have continued to increase since Omicron started to spread and restrictions were eased.

On Friday, there were 5612 new infections and a woman in her 90s from south western Sydney died from the virus at St George Hospital.

New cases leapt by almost 2000 from Wednesday, when 3763 infections were reported.

It comes as Victoria recorded 2108 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of its active cases to 17,599.

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Camera IconNSW’s latest coronavirus tally has been released. NCA NewsWire /Gaye Gerard Credit: News Corp Australia

From Christmas Eve, residents in NSW have been required to wear masks indoors and check-in to stores and venues.

The rules were put back in place in response to Omicron’s influence on the daily case numbers and are expected to remain until January 27.

Premier Dominic Perrottet announced the new rules on Thursday, saying they were “modest” and “cautious”.

“As we move through this holiday period to the end of January the system is in a very strong position,” he said.

While Omicron is much more transmissible, chief health officer Kerry Chant said the strain appeared to be less severe than Delta

“The early signs are encouraging,“ she said.

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Camera IconPremier Dominic Perrottet announced the mask mandate on Thursday. NCA NewsWire / Gaye Gerard Credit: News Corp Australia

Currently, 388 people are in hospital, with 52 people in intensive care.

There were 149,261 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.

Currently, 95 per cent of residents aged 16 and over have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine while 93.5 per cent are double jabbed.

There are also 78.3 per cent of people aged 12-15 that are fully vaccinated.

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