NSW expects Christmas Day case rise, as last minute shoppers wear masks

NSW is expecting a Christmas Day of high COVID-19 case numbers, a day after mask rules were reintroduced.

On Christmas Eve there were over 5600 cases and one person died with the virus.

Last minute shoppers in Sydney's CBD wore masks and used QR codes when going into shops, after both rules were reintroduced amid surging Omicron cases.

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Workers in masks at Sydney Fish Markets on Christmas Eve. Shoppers in Sydney on Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve there were 347 people in hospital with the virus, and 45 in intensive care, hundreds less than during the state's lockdown a few months ago.

Plus 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 chaos

It was a miserable countdown to Christmas for thousands of people caught up in flight chaos at Sydney airport.

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

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.

Thousands of flights around the world are being hit by the surge in virus cases.

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