NSW records 29 deaths and 63,018 new Covid -19 cases on its deadliest day

NSW records 29 deaths and 63,018 new Covid -19 cases on its deadliest day

NSW has recorded 63,018 new Covid-19 cases, with 29 deaths, its deadliest day of the COVID-19 pandemic so far, in the latest reporting period.

There are 2525 people in hospital with the virus, with 184 of those in intensive care, up from 2383 and 182 respectively on Thursday.

Of the latest infection figures, 37,938 were from rapid antigen tests (RAT) and 25,080 were PCR tests.

Of the new cases, NSW Health said 37,938 were detected on rapid antigen tests (RATs), with 24,329 of these positive tests from the previous seven days. There were 25,080 positive cases from PCR tests during the reporting period.

The state government has made it mandatory for residents to report their rapid tests or face a $1000 fine from next week.

There are now 95.2 per cent of eligible NSW residents aged over 16 who have had one dose of the vaccine, while 93.8 per cent are fully vaccinated

The latest figures come after NSW Health issued a notice to Hillsong Church demanding the megachurch immediately cease singing and dancing at its youth camp near Newcastle.

The department said the camp's musical performances before a maskless crowd violated recently introduced public health orders covering events such as indoor and outdoor festivals.

"While the order does not apply to religious services, it does apply to major recreation facilities and this event is clearly in breach of both the spirit and intent of the order," Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.

It came after an outcry from music and entertainment industry figures lamenting the cancellation of live music events due to the latest outbreak.

Victoria recorded 34,836 new cases and 18 Covid deaths in the past 24 hours.

There are now 976 patients in Victorian hospitals, with 112 in intensive care and 30 on ventilators.

More than 93 per cent of eligible Victorians are fully vaccinated and the state has a mammoth 239,396 active cases.