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NSW records 1,220 new local COVID-19 cases and eight more deaths

There have been 139 COVID-related deaths in NSW since the start of the current outbreak. 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said more than 74 per cent of the eligible population in the state has now received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with hotspot areas coming forward in even higher numbers. 

“Blacktown is over 85 per cent first dose, Camden is over 82 per cent, Parramatta is over 81 per cent, Canterbury-Bankstown is over 76 per cent and Dubbo is over 77 per cent,” she told reporters on Tuesday.  

“We’re really pleased with those results and we ask people to keep coming forward and, of course, our message is, don’t be left behind.

“When we open up at 70 per cent double dose, it will be only for those who are vaccinated. There’s time now to get your first dose and fit in your second dose before NSW starts opening up.”

NSW Health administered 28,812 COVID-19 vaccines in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of vaccines administered in the state to 7,587,842.

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Health authorities say 1,151 people with COVID-19 are in hospital with 192 in intensive care, 75 of whom require ventilation. 

Of Tuesday’s cases, 814 were from western and south-western Sydney. In regional NSW, 27 cases were from the Western Local Health District and four were from the Far Western Health district. 

Seven cases were recorded in the state’s jails. 

Pauline Deweerd, Executive Director Aboriginal Health at St Vincent’s Health, spoke directly to Aboriginal communities. 

“Family and connections are a huge part of our culture. Being with our mothers, our fathers, our grandparents, sister and brothers, and extended families, is important to us, and our identity and belonging,” she said. 

“I know what is being asked of us to do is sometimes hard. I also know we want to come together and have the freedoms of what we have always enjoyed in coming together with mob.

“But right now, our mob need to survive this pandemic. Staying home and getting vaccinated is the way that we’ll get through this.”

SBS is providing live translations of daily New South Wales and Victoria COVID-19 press conferences in various languages. Click here for more information.



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