NSW has recorded 16,288 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths in the 24 hours to 4pm. That the is highest daily total of COVID infections since January 27, 2022, when 17,316 were recorded. There are 991 COVID-19 patients in hospital, with 39 in ICU. Hospitalisation numbers are down on yesterday, when 1038 patients were being cared for, while ICU numbers remain steady at 39. Of the new cases, 9482 came from positive rapid antigen tests while 6806 came from PCR testing. The state's population aged 16 years and over is 94.4 per cent double vaccinated, while 95.9 per cent have had their first COVID-19 vaccine shot. 56.3 per cent have had their third dose of vaccine. IN OTHER NEWS: Those aged between 12 and 15 years are 79 per cent double vaccinated, while 83.5 per cent have had their first dose. Of those aged 5 to 11 years old, 48.1 per cent have had their first vaccine dose. NSW Health will release further details of today's cases at 11am.