NSW has seen a slight rise in case numbers reporting 13,354 COVID-19 infections

There are 2693 people in hospital in the virus and 186 people admitted to intensive care.

COVID-19 cases in NSW dipped slightly over the weekend, which is quite common with lower testing numbers.
COVID-19 cases in NSW dipped slightly over the weekend, which is quite common with lower testing numbers. (Getty)

Hospital admissions in NSW have slightly dropped overnight, from 2737 to 2693.

Victoria sees drop in infections

Meanwhile, in Victoria, the state recorded 12,250 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours.

The state reported 31 people had died with the virus.

There are 953 people in hospital with COVID-19 and 39 people on ventilators.

It is a slight drop in infections where the state reported 12,755 yesterday.

Slow vaccine uptake in five to 11-year-olds

New modelling is being formed to estimate the spike in COVID-19 cases as kids return to school in NSW next week.

The Doherty Institute is building modelling to show what the rise in COVID-19 cases will look like as thousands of kids get back in the classroom next week.

Meanwhile, only 35 per cent of five to 11-year-olds have had their first jab as the rollout enters its fourth week.

School zones in NSW back in force as students return to classrooms.
The uptake of vaccines in children has been slow. (9News)

Infections in children are making up a rising proportion of the state’s infections with more than 14,000 children under the age of nine contracting the virus in the first week of January.

Experts said the slower uptake could be due to delivery issues and cancelled appointments in the first week of the rollout.

It comes as the rapid testing scheme kicks off in schools next week.

COVID-19 infections in children are becoming a rising proportion of the state’s cases. (Andreas Rentz/Getty)

Premier Dominic Perrottet said yesterday every school in NSW has now received their rapid antigen tests ahead of students returning next week.

“It is over 3000 schools right across NSW who we have been able to distribute these tests to,” he said.

“As well as 5000 childcare and early childhood centres across the state.”

Coles Eastgardens

How Australia faced the emergence of the Omicron variant

Students will be tested twice a week for COVID-19 with RATs provided to parents via schools.

Source: 9News

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