Fifteen deaths from COVID-19 sets daily record for NSW

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NSW has recorded 15 deaths from COVID-19, the state’s highest daily number during the latest outbreak. There were 863 new local cases reported.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the state continued to have fewer hospitalisations than previously predicated, as the state’s double-dose vaccination rate climbs to 61.7 per cent.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian prepares to address the media at the COVID-19 update on Wednesday.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

The Premier also confirmed at the briefing that fully vaccinated people will be able to visit aged care facilities when lockdown restrictions are eased on October 11.

“Interestingly, our hospitalisation rate and ICU rate is doing OK compared to our modelling,” she said.

“We are tracking under what we envisaged we would but there is no time for complacency.

“I want to issue a cautious warning to everybody. We are all looking forward to 11 October. It is a day when we will be able to do all those things we haven’t been able to do for a long time.”

Of the new deaths, two people were in their 40s, two were in their 50s, four people were in their 60s, three people were in their 70s, one in their 80s, and three people were in their 90s.One person had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, five people had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and nine people were unvaccinated.

At present there are 1082 patients with COVID-19 in NSW hospitals, with 212 in ICU.

Northern NSW is on alert after two new COVID-19 cases were detected, one in Byron Bay and the other in Kyogle, west of Byron.

Both people had been infectious in the community and investigations into the source of the infections are underway.

The cases were announced just hours before Byron Bay and Tweed Heads exited lockdown overnight. Residents of Port Macquarie and Muswellbrook this morning woke up to a week-long lockdown.

Meanwhile, residents at a Manly apartment block are in isolation after a number of residents tested positive to COVID-19. The source of the infections are still under investigation.

There have been relatively few cases recorded in the northern beaches suburb throughout the current outbreak and there are currently only 12 active cases.

Sydney is on track to leave lockdown in less than two weeks, with vaccination rates across the states continuing to rise.

It comes as healthcare workers who fail to meet Thursday’s deadline to have received one dose of a vaccine are they will be placed on unpaid leave until they produce evidence of vaccination or a medical exemption certificate.

With 94 per cent of NSW Health’s 140,000 staff having received at least one shot, Health Minister Brad Hazzard has said he had no intention to exempt any local health district or hospital from the operation of the rules.

On Wednesday, Victoria recorded a record 950 new COVID-19 cases while Queensland has recorded one new case.

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