NSW reports 623 new COVID-19 cases as state begins final planned week in lockdown

NSW begins its final scheduled week in lockdown before rules are set to be relaxed as the state edges closer to its 70 per cent double dose vaccination target.

A general view of George Street, in the central business district of Sydney.

NSW begins its final scheduled week in lockdown before rules are set to be relaxed. Source: AAP

New South Wales has recorded another dip in daily COVID-19 case numbers to 623 and another six deaths.

There are currently 959 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 193 people in intensive care, 97 of whom require ventilation.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said on Sunday a child aged between zero and nine was in ICU, as were three people aged between 10 and 19.

Of the new deaths on Monday, one person was in their 40s, three people were in their 60s, one person was in their 70s and one person was in their 90s.

Three people were from south-western Sydney, two people were from western Sydney and one person was from the Nepean Blue Mountains area.

Four people were not vaccinated, one person had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and one person had received two doses.

The deaths take the toll for the current outbreak to 378. 

Health authorities have issued stay-at-home orders for the the Lismore local government area, in place until 11 October, for anyone who has been in the area since 28 September.

NSW Health says it is closely monitoring COVID risk in Cowra, Muswellbrook and Port Macquarie, with further advice expected Monday.

Another three cases were reported in the mid-north coast on Sunday, and the source of two cases in the Kempsey LGA is being investigated.

A third case, linked to the Port Macquarie-Hastings LGA, is linked to a case diagnosed in Port Macquarie last week.

Casino is also in lockdown, with stay-at-home orders applicable to anyone who has visited the northern NSW town since 24 September.

Dr Jeremy McAnulty from NSW Health reminded people that social gatherings are still not permitted inside homes.

"This long weekend, it's been particularly big for fans of NRL... but we need to make sure that we're all protecting our communities," he said on Monday.

The warning comes as homes and hospitality businesses hope to once again welcome visitors in about a week's time as the state nears its 70 per cent double dose vaccination target.

NSW records 623 local COVID-19 cases

Last week in lockdown

The warning comes as homes and hospitality businesses hope to once again welcome visitors in about a week's time as the state nears its 70 per cent double dose vaccination target.

Across the state, 88.4 per cent of people aged 16 and over had received a first vaccine, and 67.1 per cent were fully vaccinated by midnight on Saturday.

The NSW government on Sunday outlined new public health advice to come into effect on 11 October to manage the spread of COVID-19 as restrictions ease.

Under the advice, which may change as case numbers do, vaccinated and unvaccinated people will have different isolation times if they are a close contact of a COVID-19 case.

Vaccinated close contacts of a positive case must get tested and isolate for seven days.

On the sixth day they must get tested again and if the result is negative, they can end isolation after day seven.

They must work from home for an additional week where possible and not attend hospitality or high-risk settings, even if it is their place of work.

Unvaccinated close contacts must get tested and isolate for 14 days, get tested again at 12 days and if a negative result is received isolation can end after the fortnight.

Everyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated, with COVID-19 symptoms has been urged to get tested and self-isolate and anyone who tests positive must still isolate for 14 days.

Businesses will be responsible for taking "reasonable measures to stop unvaccinated people entering premises" such as having prominent signs, QR code requirements and only accepting valid proof of vaccination.

Hospitality, retail, gyms, hairdressers and beauty salons will be monitored by authorised officers and on-the-spot fines of $1,000 will apply to individuals who do not comply or use fraudulent vaccination records.

Businesses may be fined $5,000 for breaching the rules.

Mr Hazzard said on Sunday the resignation of Gladys Berejiklian did not change the roadmap out of lockdown for NSW.

"She has been absolutely critical to the team," he said.

"But that doesn't mean the health team and the rest of the government won't continue to do what we need to do."

With SBS News. 


Share
Published 4 October 2021 at 11:08am, updated 4 October 2021 at 11:13am
Source: AAP - SBS