Virus-related hospitalisations in the state have also seen a marginal drop, with a total of 2749 patients in NSW hospitals.
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There are 183 patients currently being treated in intensive care units, 70 are being ventilated.
Another 30 people have died of COVID in the last 24 hours.
Many students across the state are returning to school on Tuesday, with Premier Dominic Perrottet conceding it “won’t be all smooth sailing”.
“I know that may parents are anxious … but this is incredibly important as we move through 2022,” he said.
“There’s nothing more important than having our kids back in the classroom.”
He was speaking on Tuesday after greeting pupils at Sydney’s Ultimo Public school before announcing that suspended non-urgent elective surgery would resume on Monday.
“We thought that … we could bring that back in mid-February but we’ve been able to bring that forward and that’s incredibly important,” he said.
“I think (that) is a testament to the strength of our health system.”
Catholic school children returned to school on Monday but most state pupils started on Tuesday, testing the government’s new COVID-19 protocols for face-to-face teaching amid the Omicron outbreak.
About eight million rapid antigen tests have been distributed to schools to prepare for the school year.
Elective surgery to resume
From next Monday, non-urgent elective surgery requiring an overnight stay will return to 75 per cent capacity in private hospitals, and up to 75 per cent of pre pandemic activity levels at public hospitals in regional and rural NSW where they are able to do so.
The non-urgent elective surgeries requiring an overnight stay in both public and private hospitals, were temporarily suspended from January 10, to ensure there was sufficient staffing and hospital bed capacity in NSW to meet the extra demands caused by the Omicron wave.
‘I am pleased to announce that from next week non-urgent elective surgery will resume at private hospitals and in some of our public hospitals’ – NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet
The reintroduction will be done in a phased manner to balance the ongoing potential need for extra capacity in NSW hospitals and so that people can access their elective surgeries as quickly as possible.
“I am pleased to announce that from next week non-urgent elective surgery will resume at private hospitals and in some of our public hospitals that are in a position to do so in regional and rural NSW,” Mr Perrottet said.
The wait was even longer for Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders, half of whom waited at least 57 days, according to figures in the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said private hospitals will retain some capacity to assist public hospitals by taking patients if necessary and will also continue to take public patients for non-urgent elective surgery to ensure equity of access.
– With AAP