Cowra enters lockdown after NSW records 935 new local COVID-19 cases

Cowra in central western NSW entered lockdown on Monday evening after a schoolboy there was diagnosed with COVID-19 and traces of the virus were found in wastewater.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian

NSW has recorded 935 local COVID-19 cases and four deaths in the latest 24-hour reporting period. Source: AAP

New South Wales has recorded 935 new locally-acquired COVID-19 cases and four more deaths, as the regional town of Cowra entered lockdown. 

While the daily caseload is lower than it has been in around three weeks, Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned against complacency.

"Even if case numbers go down, we should expect unfortunately that the number of people in intensive care and the number of people who lose their lives to go up ... because we have had a number of cases in the last few weeks, people ordinarily get very six in the second week of the illness and sometimes stay very sick for a long time," she told reporters on Monday.

"That is why we need to continue to brace ourselves for October being the worst month for the number of people who pass away and the number of people who need intensive care."

There are currently 236 people in intensive care, 123 who require ventilation. 

Of the four people who have died in the last 24 hours, two people were in their 60s and two people were in their 80s.

Gladys Berejiklian warns against complacency for NSW

The total number of deaths in the state since the start of the pandemic now stands at 301.

Two of those to have died were unvaccinated, while two had received one dose.

Cowra enters lockdown

Meanwhile, the regional town of Cowra entered lockdown at 5pm on Monday after a nine-year-old boy with COVID-19 attended school.

The source of the infection in the town, about 300 kilometres west of Sydney, is unknown.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant urged anyone who was in Cowra from 13 September to adhere to stay-at-home requirements regardless of where they are. She also urged people in the community to come forward and get vaccinated.

There were a number of community exposure sites in the town, which can be found on the NSW Health list of exposure sites here.

The chief health officer said case numbers reflected "pleasing declines in some suburbs", she urged residents in Greenacre, Guildford, Bankstown, Merrylands, Casula, Wayland, Fairfield, the Wollongong and Central Coast communities and the areas around Waterloo Redfern and inner city to be vigilant for symptoms.

Calls for parents to vaccinate 12- to 15-year-olds

Ms Berejiklian said 82.2 per cent of residents over 16 have now received their first vaccine dose and 52 per cent have received their second dose.

She added that 20 per cent of 12- to 15-year-olds have now received their first dose of the vaccine and she urged all parents to vaccinate their children in that age group before school returns.

"Given that was only made available about a week ago that is an outstanding result.

"We want to make sure that when school goes back we have not only great coverage in the adult place of vaccination but in the 12-15-year-old group which is so critical," Ms Berejiklian said.

Sydney hotspots enjoy eased restrictions

The news comes as restrictions ease in Sydney's 12 LGAs of concern, with the government lifting the hard rules around movement.

Residents in those suburbs now follow the same rules as the rest of Sydney, with fully vaccinated adults able to exercise outdoors with no time limits and gather in groups of five for outdoor recreation. 

Children under 12 are not included in the gathering limit.

Conditions for authorised workers and travel permit requirements will remain in place in the LGAs of concern, however.

Cumberland City Council Mayor Steve Christou welcomed the changes, saying it is important there is "equality across the city" with how restrictions are applied.


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Published 20 September 2021 at 11:16am, updated 20 September 2021 at 7:57pm
By Dijana Damjanovic
Source: SBS News