Health Minister Brad Hazzard announced of the new deaths, six were women and six were men, ten of whom were not vaccinated.
Mr Hazzard also announced Lismore and Albury will go back into a seven-day lockdown from 6pm after cases of Covid-19 were detected in both areas.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard (pictured) announced Lismore and Albury will go back into a seven-day lockdown from 6pm after cases of Covid-19 were detected in both areas
New South Wales has recorded 1,351 new local cases of coronavirus and 12 deaths on Thursday in the equal-deadliest day of the pandemic for the state
Albury recorded two mystery cases with ‘possible links to Sydney’ with residents urged to be vigilant for symptoms and come forward for testing.
One case of coronavirus was detected in Lismore, again with possible links to Sydney, with health authorities concerned over exposure in the area.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced a further 12 local government areas in regional and rural New South Wales would be freed from lockdown from 1pm on Thursday.
These LGA’s include Bega Valley, Blayney, Bogan, Cabonne, Dungog, Forbes, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Parkes, Singleton, snowy Monaro and the Upper Hunter shire LGAs.
The 12 LGAs coming out of lockdown have been deemed low-risk by and have not recorded any cases of the virus for the last 14 days.
‘This is a good news days for regional and rural NSW. You join other communities that have their stay-at-home orders lifted, reminding everybody that it is still a restricted environment,’ Mr Barilaro said.
‘If you can avoid going to a local government area where they continue to be in lockdown, please do.
‘And if you do visit a local government area in lockdown, the reality is those stay-at-home orders come back with you.’
Of the new deaths person was in their 40s, one person was in their 50s, four people were in their 60s, two people were in their 70s, three people were in their eighties and one person in their 90s.
Mr Hazzard said there are now more than 15,000 people with Covid-19 who are being cared for in the state’s health system.
Deputy Chief Health Officer Marianne Gale confirmed there are 1,231 Covid-19 cases admitted to hospital, 231 people in intensive care and 108 requiring ventilation.
State-wide 80.1% of the over-16 population has received a first dose of Covid vaccine and 48.5% of the entire community over 16 are fully vaccinated.
‘I want to thank the community for coming out in such strong numbers to be vaccinated because there are almost 8.5 million people in NSW that have had vaccines administered to them,’ Mr Hazzard said.
It comes after Premier Gladys Berejiklian lifted the curfew in Sydney’s local government areas of concern on Thursday morning.
She announced the state had hit a vaccination milestone, with 80 per cent of adults having received their first dose.
The state recorded 1,259 cases new cases of Covid-19 and 12 deaths on Wednesday.
Ms Berejiklian said a decline in cases in the areas of concern led to the decision to lift the lockdown’s most hated rule, but urged Sydneysiders to remain vigilant as the state steams toward ‘Freedom Day’.
‘We’ve seen a stabilisation in the last few days and we don’t want to see that trend go the wrong way,’ she said.
‘We still have work to do. We can all see the light at the end of the tunnel but we still have work to do and I ask everybody, especially in the local government areas of concern to hold the line and take care you follow all the other rules in place.’
Ms Berejiklian also confirmed the government will mandate only vaccinated people will be able to attend the businesses listed in the state’s 70 per cent double dose freedom roadmap, including pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-critical retail.
Unvaccinated residents will be locked out of hospitality and retail venues.
We’ll have the vaccination passport in New South Wales when we hit 70% double dose,’ she said.
‘You’ll be able to check in with your QR code and see whether or not you’re vaccinated and that’s really important.
The premier did say that there could be exceptions where small businesses that are doing it tough may be allowed to serve unvaccinated customers.
She said the lifting of curfew in the 12 LGAs of concern was a ‘token of our appreciation’ after the state broke the 80 per cent first dose barrier.
‘Please remember that in our community we have roughly 2.2 million people in those areas of concern,’ the premier said.
‘Even having 20% of them not vaccinated is about 400,000 people. That’s a lot of people, the virus is still circulating in high numbers. So we have to be aware of that at all times.’
Meanwhile, millions of locked down Sydneysiders could be freed a week earlier than planned if surging vaccination rates continue to climb.
More to come.
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