Tweet Facebook Mail NSW cases have topped 6000, a day after mask rules were reintroduced.The state has recorded 6288 new cases, in figures announced on Christmas Day.Nobody has died, though there are 388 people in hospital including 52 in ICU.READ MORE: Booster shots to be brought forward following ATAGI advice
Large lines at Bondis COVID testing COVID testing clinic on Christmas Day (RHETT WYMAN)There were long lines at testing centres including Bondi Beach.On Christmas Eve there were over 5600 cases and one person died with the virus.Last minute shoppers in Sydneys CBD wore masks and used QR codes when going into shops, after both rules were reintroduced amid surging Omicron cases.READ MORE: Six more Victorians die with COVID-19Plus the countdown is on for density limits again in pubs, bars and other hospitality venues, which must limit numbers to one per two square meters, from December 27.The new rules are in place until January 27.Christmas flight chaosIt was a miserable countdown to Christmas for thousands of people caught up in flight chaos at Sydney airport.
Shoppers in Sydney on Christmas Eve (Getty)
Workers in masks at Sydney Fish Markets on Christmas Eve. (SMH)As well as having to grabble with lengthy waits for the COVID-19 tests needed to travel interstate, a raft of cancellations left people disappointed.Jetstar and Virgin said several of their flights had to be grounded because of the number of crew members who had been forced into COVID-19 isolation.The Melbourne and Sydney route was worst hit, with around a dozen Virgin flights and about 10 Jetstar flights cancelled on Christmas Eve.
Shoppers in Sydney on Christmas Eve (Getty)Passengers took to social media to lash out at the airlines, claiming they had been left in the dark."I feel like screaming," one Twitter user wrote.
How Australia celebrated Christmas in days gone byView GalleryThousands of flights around the world are being hit by the surge in virus cases.