NSW records 9690 COVID-19 cases, as potential restriction end date flagged

COVID-19 cases have risen slightly in New South Wales with 9690 new infections recorded in the past 24 hours, but the number of people in hospital has fallen.

To compare, 7437 cases were seen yesterday.

A further 18 people have lost their lives in the state.

Hospitalisations have continued their downward trend with 2068 people now admitted. Of these, 132 are in ICU.

This is 31 fewer than yesterday, with five fewer in ICU.

Workers at the emergency entrance of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. COVID-19 hospitalisations and ICU admissions are on the decline. (Getty)

Premier flags potential restriction end date

NSW could end COVID-19 restrictions by the end of the month.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said yesterday the state is in a “good position” to remove an indoor mask mandate, density limits and check-ins.

“I would say we’re on track,” Mr Perrottet said.

“We rolled those restrictions over (to February 28).

“If I look across the state right now we’re in a very strong position… I’m confident with where we sit.”

New South Wales is ‘on track’ to end COVID-19 restrictions, such as indoor face masks, by the end of the month. (Anne Kucera/Sydney Morning Herald)

Non-urgent elective surgery also resumed yesterday.

It will make its return to the state in a phased approach after being suspended at the start of the year.

Mr Perrottet admitted booster vaccination rates have lagged of late and encouraged people to come forward for a third jab.

A dose of a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
NSW residents are encouraged to come forward for a third vaccine. (AP)

“I know people have made efforts for two years,” he said.

“We’re in an incredibly strong position… we just have to keep that effort up.

“We need to get that booster shot level up.”

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