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NSW edges towards 80 per cent double-dose rate as 444 COVID cases recorded

NSW edges towards 80 per cent double-dose rate as 444 COVID cases recorded

NSW has recorded 444 new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night and four deaths.

The four deaths included three men and one woman.

Three people were in their 70s, and one person was in their 60s. Two people were from south western Sydney and two people were from western Sydney.

Two people were not vaccinated and two people had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The two people who had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were a man in his 60s with underlying health conditions who died at Nepean Hospital and a woman in her 70s with underlying health conditions who died at the Allity Beechwood Aged Care Facility in Revesby, where she acquired her infection. This is the seventh death linked to an outbreak at this aged care facility.

A man in his 70s from south western Sydney died at home. He tested positive to COVID-19 following his death. He was not vaccinated and had underlying health conditions.

There are 716 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 150 people in intensive care, 76 of whom require ventilation.

Across NSW, 90.8 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 75.2 per cent are fully vaccinated.

In the 12-15 year old age group, 69.7 per cent have had their first dose, and 20.3 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Of the 444 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night:

  • 108 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD),
  • 87 are from Western Sydney LHD,
  • 78 are from Hunter New England LHD,
  • 36 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD,
  • 34 are from Sydney LHD,
  • 23 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD,
  • 20 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD,
  • 17 are from Central Coast LHD,
  • 14 are from Western NSW LHD,
  • 12 are from Northern NSW LHD,
  • nine are from Northern Sydney LHD,
  • two are from Murrumbidgee LHD,
  • one is from Mid North Coast LHD, and
  • one is in a correctional setting, and
  • two yet to be assigned to an LHD.

There were 105,508 tests done in the past 24 hours, compared to 88,988 tests the day prior.

Two new cases were acquired overseas.

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NSW Health was notified last night of Qantas flight QA509 from Brisbane to Sydney on Saturday October 9 is associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Anyone who was on QA509 which departed Brisbane at 7.10am and arrived in Sydney at 9.45am is a close contact and must get tested and isolate, regardless of the result.

NSW Health has revised the isolation period for close contacts of a COVID-19 case from 14 days to seven days for people who have been fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to their exposure to the virus.

NSW could reach the 80 per cent fully vaccinated milestone by Sunday, setting the stage for the next phase in the state's reopening next week.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has flagged more new freedoms for the state next week, saying dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic is "one, two and three" on his to do list.

"The success of our vaccination rate has been absolutely superb ... When we hit 80 per cent, we've always said it will be the Monday following," Mr Perrottet said.

The government's COVID-19 and economic recovery committee - formerly known as crisis cabinet - will discuss tweaking the reopening roadmap on Thursday.

- with Australian Associated Press

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