NSW COVID cases grow by 1288, seven deaths recorded; state hits 7 million vaccination target

On Wednesday night, it was reported a Sydney COVID-19 patient had been treated in hospital for an overdose of the drug Ivermectin and other underground bogus virus “cures” ordered online.

The person is now recovering at home after presenting to Westmead Hospital’s emergency department with vomiting and diarrhoea caused by the drug, according to the Western Sydney Local Health district.

“Thankfully they didn’t develop severe toxicity, but it didn’t help their COVID either,” Westmead Hospital toxicologist Associate Professor Naren Gunja said.

“There’s no evidence to support the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19. Don’t look for magic cures online, and don’t rely on what’s being peddled on the internet because none of them work.”

Authorities have reported a tenfold increase in Australians importing the drug, which is approved as a treatment for roundworm infections, scabies and inflammatory rosacea.

The unproven treatment for COVID-19 has often been touted as a cure by anti-vaxxers and conspiracy theorists in online forums.

Reddam House school closed its Woollahra campus on Thursday after a Year 4 student tested positive.

“The school is seeking information from NSW Health, and we will keep you updated on this matter as further developments occur,” the school said in an email to parents.

Fort Street Public School and La Perouse Public School will also be closed, NSW Education announced on Wednesday, after cases were detected in their respective communities.

There were 176 new cases reported in Victoria on Thursday, including 90 with no known source.

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