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NSW Health Minister positive with COVID-19

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Mr Hazzard officially opened the new paediatric ward at Blacktown Hospital, with three-year-old Neeti Kulkarni, on Tuesday. Photo: NSW Health
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NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard is isolating after testing positive for COVID-19 as virus cases surge across the state.

Mr Hazzard was advised on Tuesday night that a work colleague’s rapid antigen test had returned a positive result.

The minister undertook an RAT, which was negative, but he then returned a positive PCR test.

Mr Hazzard, who is fully vaccinated, is in isolation after developing minor flu-like symptoms.

He spent part of Tuesday at Sydney’s Blacktown Hospital, where he opened a new paediatric ward.

Mr Hazzard also said on Tuesday that positive COVID cases in NSW could be “at least 50 per cent more” than recorded, as people failed to report positive results.

NSW, which has continued to ease social restrictions, reported 24,151 cases on Wednesday. There were also a further 15 deaths.

-with AAP