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Glitch blamed as NSW COVID cases spike to more than 30,000

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COVID cases in NSW and Victoria have jumped – with NSW blaming much of its spike of thousands of infections on a test-processing bungle.

NSW reported five more virus-related deaths on Wednesday.

Hospitalisations for the virus have also risen further, to 1016. They include 36 patients in intensive care.

There were 30,402 more COVID cases in NSW in the 24-hour reporting period. NSW Health said Wednesday’s numbers were inflated by 10,000 positive rapid tests reported on Sunday and Monday that were not initially included in daily totals.

It blamed the miscount on a data-processing glitch that affected only case reporting.

“All of these cases were still connected to clinical care as per normal processes with positive COVID-19 results,” it said in a statement.

Even taking into account the issue with RATs, NSW’s daily virus numbers have jumped significantly – after 10,689 cases were reported on Tuesday.

Victoria’s caseload was also up on Wednesday, to a five-week high of 9426. There were eight deaths in the 24-hour period.

COVID hospitalisations have also risen in Victoria, reaching 201. They include 24 virus patients in intensive care and six on ventilators.

-more to come

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