Changes to COVID-19 reporting
COVID-19 reports are shared weekly. NSW Health also provides detailed reporting and analysis of the latest COVID-19 data in its weekly respiratory surveillance reports.
On 14 October, registering a positive rapid antigen test became voluntary. Positive test numbers alone now do not reflect the total number of cases in a community. For this reason, maps and charts that showed case numbers across local government areas have been removed from this page.
New COVID-19 cases and tests in the past 7 days
Positive results from PCR tests
Positive results from rapid antigen tests (RATs)**
Data for the past 7 days until 4pm 02 February 2023, last updated 03 February 2023.
*Combined total of PCR positive test results and rapid antigen test (RAT) positive result registrations.
**Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are reported by individuals using the ServiceNSW website or app.
***As per the national surveillance definition, deaths are reported as COVID-19 deaths if a person died with COVID-19, not necessarily because COVID-19 was the cause of death. Deaths are only excluded if there is a clear alternative cause of death that is unrelated to COVID-19 (e.g. trauma).
COVID-19-related deaths are notified to NSW Health from a range of sources and not all deaths reported by NSW Health occurred in the week in which they are reported, as there is sometimes a delay between a death occurring and it being notified to NSW Health.
Latest respiratory surveillance report summary
Summary of epidemiological week 3, ending 21 January 2023.
- The decline in this wave continues with the number of COVID-19 notifications, the proportion of PCR tests that are positive, new hospitalisations and new ICU admissions all falling.
- There is still a highly mixed group of variants circulating, the BR.2 variant is the most common followed by those that are XBF.
- There were 6,997 people diagnosed with COVID-19 this week, a decrease of 37.4% since the previous week. PCR testing for COVID-19 has decreased by 20.2% compared to the previous week. The proportion of PCR tests that were positive for COVID-19 has decreased from 11% to 8%.
- The seven-day rolling average of daily hospital admissions decreased to an average of 40 admissions by the end of this week, compared with 73 admissions at the end of the previous week. There were 282 people with COVID-19 admitted to hospital and 32 people admitted to ICU this week.
- Emergency department presentations for coronaviruses requiring an admission have decreased to 128 from 204 admissions in the previous week.
- There were 124 COVID-19 deaths reported this week. Five deaths were in people aged under 65 years. Deaths may not have occurred in the week in which they were reported.
Admitted to hospital
In intensive care
Hospitalisations as of 4pm, 02 February 2023, last updated 03 February 2023.
Total COVID-19 cases and deaths to date
Total confirmed cases to date*
Total deaths to date**
Data until 4pm, 02 February 2023, last updated 03 February 2023. Data includes only NSW residents. Total cases since 25 January 2020. Total deaths since 4 March 2020.
*Cases refer to those identified via PCR tests and Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) registrations.
**As per the national surveillance definition, deaths are reported as COVID-19 deaths if a person died with COVID-19, not necessarily because COVID-19 was the cause of death. Deaths are only excluded if there is a clear alternative cause of death that is unrelated to COVID-19 (e.g. trauma).
Get tested and stay home
Protect yourself and those around you by getting tested, and stay home if you feel unwell. Even if you only have mild symptoms, you could pass COVID-19 on to someone more vulnerable.
NSW COVID-19 datasets
The NSW Government has made available datasets for COVID-19 cases and tests in NSW.
The following NSW datasets are updated weekly, based on information up until 4pm on Thursdays:
- COVID-19 cases datasets: notification date, location, age range and likely source of infection of known cases.
- COVID-19 tests data: test result, location and age range.
- COVID-19 case locations data: COVID-19 case locations by date of known outbreak, location, address and recommended action.
For more information on NSW Government data, visit Data.NSW – an open portal to more than 10,000 datasets.