“Seven of the nine cases, of people who died that we’re reporting today, were not vaccinated. One person had had one dose and one person had had two doses. All those individuals had underlying health conditions.”
The other deaths include a man in his 40s, a man in his 60s from Dubbo, a woman in her 60s, two men in their 70s, two men in their 80s and a man in his 90s.
It takes the toll for the current COVID-19 outbreak to 148, while 204 have died in the state since the start of the pandemic.
There are currently 1,136 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital with 194 people in intensive care, 78 of whom require ventilation.
NSW record 1,480 new local COVID-19 cases and nine deaths
Of Wednesday’s cases, 891 were in Sydney’s west and south west, but health authorities are concerned about a rise in infections in inner Sydney.
“We’re also concerned about case numbers in the areas of Glebe, Waterloo, Redfern, and Marrickville and I’d like to encourage the residents of those suburbs as well to please come forward for vaccination,” Dr Gale said.
“The Sydney Local Health District has set up some special Pfizer clinics where bookings can be made or walk-in appointments can be made for residents of those areas.”
In the regions, 27 cases were recorded in the Western Local Health District and seven in the Far Western Local Health District, which includes the small town of Wilcannia.
The 11-week lockdown continues for the entire state as authorities battle to contain the spread of the Delta variant.
The government has promised greater freedoms for the fully vaccinated at 70 per cent double-dose coverage and further restored freedoms – including international travel and the relaxation of hotel quarantine – at 80 per cent coverage.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Wednesday that three quarters of the state’s eligible population have now received their first vaccine dose, while 42 per cent are fully vaccinated.
“NSW has satisfied another important hurdle,” she said.
“We will all rest once we get to at least 80 per cent first dose, knowing full well that we’ll hit that double 80 per cent vaccination rate as soon as we can.”
State’s roadmap in ‘final touches’
However, Ms Berejiklian has declined to say if the freedoms restored to vaccinated people will be the same regardless of where they live.
There are 12 local government areas deemed COVID-19 hotspots, where lockdown conditions are the toughest and residents have an overnight curfew.
While vaccination rates in those areas are outstripping the rest of the Greater Sydney, the premier says she’s worried 80 per cent of cases are still in those areas of concern.
“We know from the modelling the worst weeks in terms of case numbers are likely to be in the next week or so … we need to make sure we don’t cause any major adjustment which will see a skyrocketing of cases,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“At this stage, we’re having conversations about the roadmap … it’s the final touches.”
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