Worst of NSW COVID-19 outbreak yet to come

The worst of the NSW COVID-19 outbreak could still be to come as NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned the strain on the state’s hospitals could peak in October.

Western Sydney hospitals such as Westmead, Blacktown and Nepean have been at capacity in recent days, with ambulances carrying COVID patients having to queue outside major hospitals in the area or divert to hospitals such as Royal North Shore and Concord.

Ms Berejiklian has said that the hospital network as a whole would be able to cope throughout the coming months but is hopeful the hospitalisation rate will decline as vaccination rates climb.

“Our hospital system is under pressure – will we need to do things differently? Of course we will,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“But will we cope? Of course."