New South Wales has recorded 1331 new COVID-19 cases and six further deaths for the past 24 hours.
NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty provided the new case figures today in a short statement via a Facebook livestream. He did not take questions from the media.
NSW Health in a statement said the latest deaths comprised four women and two men from western and south-western Sydney.
Three of the six people who died were not vaccinated and three had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Two cases were acquired overseas, and 25 previously reported cases have been excluded following further investigation.
One person was in their 40s, one person was in their 60s, two people were in their 70s and two people were in their 80s.
One person, a man in his 70s from western Sydney, acquired his infection overseas.
NSW Health provided a breakdown of the new cases reported to 8pm last night.
– 400 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD)
– 326 are from Western Sydney LHD
– 164 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD
– 160 are from Sydney LHD
– 75 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD,
– 47 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 40 are from Northern Sydney LHD,
– 30 are from Hunter New England LHD, 29 are from Central Coast LHD,
– 17 are from Western NSW LHD
– 8 are from Southern NSW LHD
– 6 are from Far West LHD,
– 4 are from Murrumbidgee LHD
Eight are in correctional settings and 17 cases are yet to be assigned to an LHD.
The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 50,730.
The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 8,720,728 with 3,138,957 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night.
Across NSW, 81.2 per cent of the over-16 population has received a first dose COVID-19 vaccine, and 50.6 per cent are fully vaccinated.
“What this modelling has always said was that opening up would still come with some restrictions and the need to get testing, tracing, isolation and quarantine absolutely perfect,” Dr Khorsid said on Weekend Today.
“So, if you don’t have that perfect… then you are still looking at lockdowns.
“Unless, of course, those cases can come down, in which case perhaps those stay-at-home orders won’t be needed.”
Dr Khorsid said that he holds grave concerns for the state’s hospital systems, where staff are already heavily overworked.
“What the modelling doesn’t show, of course, is the impact on hospitals, if there are increased cases out in the community,” he said.
“Because around 10 per cent of people get pretty sick, some need hospital, some need ICU and Sydney’s hospitals are already under extraordinary pressure.
“Staff are demoralised, they are overworked. Some of them of course are getting sick and we need to be aware of that as we plan this opening up.”
“You have got to pick the right people for a start, people who are likely to be compliant, people who have already been vaccinated. So that risk is already fairly low,” he said.
“Then, of course, making sure you have got all those processes in place.
“It is really important to make sure that those doing home quarantine are complying with the rules.”