NSW has recorded a massive spike in Covid-19 cases with 21,151 new infections and six deaths.
NSW has recorded 21,151 new cases of Covid-19 and six new deaths on Friday as new isolation requirements and close contact definitions come into place.
There are now 763 in hospital with the virus, 69 of which are in intensive care.
There were 148,410 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.
In NSW, 95 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of the vaccine, while 93.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday revealed new changes to close contact definitions and testing requirements across each State and Territory.
He said despite each state being at different states of dealing with it, they have all agreed on “a very practical way forward”.
“Omicron requires us to undertake a change of how we are managing the pandemic, and we need to reset how we think about the pandemic, and how we manage ourselves and the things we need to do as governments,” he said.
“Omicron is a game changer. It has been in the country for just over a month.”
The new definition of testing and isolation came into effect in five jurisdictions at midnight Thursday, which include NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and in the ACT.
Tasmania will follow on January 1 with the Northern Territory and Western Australia will be making announcements in future.
A close contact is now a household contact of a confirmed case only.
Mr Morrison said a household contact is someone who lives with a case or has spent more than four hours with them in a house, accommodation or care facility setting.
“So, you are only a close contact if you are, effectively, living with someone or have been in an accommodation setting with someone for more than four hours with someone who has actually got Covid,” he said.