NSW records 1351 new COVID-19 cases, another 12 deaths

New South Wales has recorded 1351 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and another 12 people have died with the virus.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said twelve people have died with coronavirus in NSW in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll since June 16 to 210.

There have now been 266 in total since the start of the pandemic.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard has urged locals to get tested. (Nine)

Ten of the 12 were unvaccinated, Mr Hazzard said.

“The range of the ages reflects the fact that this is a is severe disease and can impact you at all ages,” Mr Hazzard said.

“For those who are still reluctant to go and get vaccines … that is the way forward.

“You need to go and get vaccinated.”

The new deaths over night include:

  • A man in his 40s from western Sydney died at Nepean Hospital.
  • A man in his 60s from western Sydney died at Northern Beaches Hospital.
  • A man in his 60s from south-western Sydney died at Northern Beaches Hospital.
  • A woman in her 80s from western Sydney died at Westmead Hospital.
  • A woman in her 80s from western Sydney died at Westmead Hospital.
  • A woman in her 70s from western Sydney died at Nepean Hospital.
  • A man in his 70s from south-western Sydney died at Campbelltown Hospital.
  • A woman in her 60s from south-western Sydney died at home.
  • A man in his 50s from western Sydney died at Westmead Hospital.
  • A man in his 90s from western Sydney died at Westmead Hospital. He is the second death associated with the Hardi Guildford Aged Care Facility.

Mr Hazzard said he is not worried about a staffing shortage in hospitals once the vaccine mandate comes into effect.

He said hospitals will suffer fewer shortages than if hospital staffs were unvaccinated and needed to be taken offline after contracting the disease.

He said for health staff, there was no alternative to not being vaccinated.

“You have an obligation to your patients. Patients come into our hospitals on the expectation they’ll be kept safe,” Mr Hazzard said.

“If you’re in a position where you’re putting your colleagues or your patients at risk, you probably can’t

Lockdown for two new towns

The Lismore and Albury lockdown will take effect from 6pm today and will last at least seven days.

“Can I express my sadness to the local community that having been free of that for a little while they have to go back into lockdown,” Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.

“It is for your safety and the community’s safety more broadly.”

He urged locals in Lismore and Albury to come forward for testing.

The Nationals-held seat of Lismore, which contains the town of Nimbin, is at risk of falling to Labor.
Locals in Lismore and Albury to come forward for testing. (AAP)

Mr Hazzard said the government was working to health advice to change the lockdown period from the standard 14 days to seven.

“In the normal course, more often than not, health determines it will be 14 days but at this case, looking at the issues, Health has determined that seven days will be appropriate but I’m just warning the community that it may be long,” Mr Hazzard said.

“We need everybody in those two communities with any symptoms at all to come forward and get tested because that will allow Health to make well structured decisions based on the information available.”

Police stop and question drivers at a checkpoint in Albury on the NSW-Victoria border. (David Gray/Getty)

NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Marianne Gale has denied the Lismore LGA is going into lockdown because of its high number of anti-vaxxers.

The northern NSW area has one of the lowest vaccine take-up rates in the state.

But Dr Gale said the lockdown was simply because of the exposures in a school and the community at large.

“The main reason is really because of that case,” she said.

“I’m sure if it was in another LGA, we would have made the same decision.”

She said the vast majority of people in Lismore were embracing vaccination.

Masked and unmasked locals walk down the main street in the northern NSW hippy town Mullumbimby on July 16, 2021. (Elise Derwin)

Health officials are also considering a lockdown in the Northern Tablelands town of Glen Innes after a positive coronavirus case.

“It’s no different to cases in Albury, that were identified yesterday and Lismore was last night,” Deputy Premier John Barilaro said.

“We’ll do that in a measured way before a knee-jerk reaction about locking down an area.”

A person walks across Macquarie street in Dubbo. They are getting tested after the children were at sports carnival where a person has tested positive. Dubbo, NSW. 16th August, 2021. (The Sydney Morning Herald)

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has spoken about a TikTok personality who contracted coronavirus after speaking at an anti-lockdown protest.

Jon-Bernard Kairouz put pressure on the NSW government after he correctly predicted the case numbers on a daily basis the night before they were announced.

Mr Kairouz is now in hospital with COVID-19.

When asked if he had sympathy for Mr Kairouz, Mr Hazzard paused for a long time.

“Look, I would say I have sympathy for anyone who gets COVID,” Mr Hazzard said.

Jon-Bernard Kairouz has been fine for attending a Sydney anti-lockdown protest.
Jon-Bernard Kairouz was fined for attending a Sydney anti-lockdown protest. (NSW Police/Supplied)

Twelve country local government areas in NSW will have their lockdown lifted today.

They are Bega Valley, Blayney, Bogan, Cabonne, Dungog, Forbes, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Parkes, Singleton, Snowy Monaro and the Upper Hunter Shire LGAs.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro urged people in those LGAs to remain vigilant despite lockdown lifting.

“If you do visit a local government area in lockdown, the reality is those stay-at-home orders come back with you so the reality is minimise mobility,” he said.

“Vaccination continues to be the key in regional and rural New South Wales.”

Aboriginal pharmacist Kaail Bohm at his pharmacy in Dubbo. (Nick Moir)

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