There have been 22 deaths in the latest reporting period, making it the deadliest day of the pandemic for NSW.
Of the cases reported today, 61,387 of those were from RAT tests. These test results are from 1 January, with 50,729 of these positive tests from the last seven days.
NSW Health noted there may be some cases included in these numbers where people have reported positive RATs on multiple days and/or where people have also had a positive PCR test during the same reporting period.
It comes after a public health order was issued mandating that people report their positive RAT results.
Anyone who fails to report a result will face a $1000 fine, although there is a one-week grace period before penalties come into effect on 19 January.
“Registering your RAT result enables NSW Health to provide you with advice on self-isolation and managing COVID-19 symptoms at home, to connect high risk people to clinical care services and to help inform the ongoing public health response,” says NSW Health.