NSW records 813 local COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths

At least 98,266 tests were recorded in the past 24 hours.

Most of NSW is locked down and police are cracking down on compliance measures as authorities battle to contain the spread of the virulent Delta strain.

Most of NSW is locked down and police are cracking down on compliance measures as authorities battle to contain the spread of the virulent Delta strain. Source: AAP

New South Wales has recorded 813 cases in the past 24 hours, with 10 deaths reported. Two people died at home.

The total number of cases since the outbreak began has reached 58,158.  

There are 1,005 people in hospital and 202 are in intensive care.

Of the 10 people who have died in the past 24 hours, four people were unvaccinated, five had received one dose and one was fully vaccinated. 

NSW Health's Dr Jeremy McAnulty said the fully vaccinated man was aged in his 60s and had underlying medical conditions. The man acquired his infection at Mt Druitt Hospital. 

Of the 10 deaths, five people were from south-western Sydney, two from western Sydney, one from inner-city Sydney, one from the Wollongong area, and one from the Lake Macquarie area. 

Dr McAnulty urged New South Wales residents to follow the health orders and not gather illegally in private homes ahead of this weekend's Rugby League Grand Final held on Sunday in Brisbane.

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"I hope everyone enjoys the game and I want to remind people to continue to follow the safety rules to keep yourself and your loved ones and your communities safe from COVID," he said in a video briefing.

"Social gatherings are not permitted in homes, because you run the risk of spreading the virus."

Earlier this week, Victorian health officials blamed illegal lockdown gatherings during the AFL Grand Final long weekend with a surge in cases. 

Of today's cases, 351 are from Sydney's south and west. There were 72 cases recorded in the Illawarra Shoalhaven local health district, with 65 from the Hunter New England region. 

Fragments of the virus were found in sewage samples in Dareton in the far west, Dungog and Karuah in the Hunter, South Grafton in Northern New South Wales and Bermagui on the South Coast. Residents were urged to monitor for symptoms. 

In New South Wales, more than 87 cent of adults have had their first vaccine dose, with over 65 percent fully vaccinated.

Non-urgent day surgery will recommence in NSW private health facilities on Tuesday as COVID-19 transmission rates continue to fall.

But non-urgent surgery at NSW public hospitals will remain postponed.

"This is to ensure we retain adequate system capacity, as well as patient, staff and public safety, for the delivery of healthcare services during the COVID-19 response," NSW Health said on Friday.

"Emergency surgery and urgent elective surgery will continue to be performed in public hospitals during this challenging period."

with AAP


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Published 2 October 2021 at 11:07am, updated 2 October 2021 at 12:40pm
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