Number of COVID-19 patients in NSW ICUs climbs past 200 | 17 January | ABC News

ABC News (Australia) published this video item, entitled “Number of COVID-19 patients in NSW ICUs climbs past 200 | 17 January | ABC News” – below is their description.

NSW is preparing for a peak in the Omicron wave this week which will put further pressure on the strained health system, with 200 people now receiving treatment in intensive care units.

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