WATCH LIVE: NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet holds press conference as state registers 11,201 COVID-19 cases

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet will hold a press conference on Wednesday as the state reports 11,201 new COVID-19 cases and an increase in hospitalizations. Join at 12:30 p.m. (AEDT) for live coverage.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet will address the media on Wednesday amid a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases and an increase in hospitalizations across the state.

Prime Minister Perrottet will be joined outside the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney by Minister of Health Brad Hazzard, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Kerry Chant and Professor Dominic Dwyer of NSW Health Pathology.

NSW reported 11,201 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and three deaths.

Hospital admissions rose to 625, an increase of 68 from the previous day. Sixty-one people are in intensive care.

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NSW’s testing regime has come under tremendous pressure in recent days, a situation which will be eased by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s announcement on Wednesday that the state would remove its requirement for PCR testing before the arrival.

“From January 1, travelers entering Qld from interstate hotspots can use a negative rapid antigen test to meet border pass requirements,” Ms. Palaszczuk said on Twitter.

The policy change was hailed by Perrottet on his Twitter account.

“It’s a good shot. PCR testing should be reserved for close contacts and those who are not feeling well – not healthy tourists who are eagerly awaiting a well-deserved summer vacation.

To deal with the pressure on testing sites, the NSW government said on Tuesday it had placed an order for 20 million rapid antigen tests.

These are expected to arrive by the end of January and will be provided free of charge to people.

More soon.

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