Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

NSW is registering 496 new COVID-19 cases as the state opens up


Eight deaths were also recorded.


2021-10-11T09: 04: 00 + 11: 00

There have been eight deaths and 496 new COVID-19 cases across NSW by 8pm last night.

There are 769 COVID-19 cases in the hospital, with 153 people on intensive care, of which 71 require ventilation.

Two cases were acquired abroad, while 83,498 tests were performed during the last 24 hours, compared to the previous day’s total of 86,155.

Of the eight deaths, six were men and two women.

One person was in his 40s, one in his 50s, three in his 60s, one in his 70s, one in his 80s and one in his 90s.

Four people were from western Sydney, two from southwest Sydney, one from Sydney’s north shore and one from Sydney’s inner west.

A woman in the 90s from south-west Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital. She had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions. She was a resident of the Allity Beechwood Aged Care Facility in Revesby, where she acquired her infection. It is the sixth death associated with an outbreak at this facility.

There have been 439 COVID-19-related deaths in NSW since June 16 and a total of 495 since the start of the pandemic.

  • 113 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD),
  • 82 are from Hunter New England LHD,
  • 94 are from Western Sydney LHD,
  • 38 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD,
  • 36 are from Sydney LHD,
  • 42 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD,
  • 23 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD,
  • 21 are from Central Coast LHD,
  • 6 are from southern NSW LHD,
  • 13 are from Western NSW LHD,
  • 13 are from Northern Sydney LHD,
  • five are from Mid North Coast LHD,
  • four are from Northern NSW LHD,
  • four are from Far West LHD,
  • one is in a corrective setting and
  • one is from Murrumbidgee LHD.

The state has reached 90.3 percent of those aged 16 and older with a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 73.5 percent are fully vaccinated.

NSW has taken its first steps towards reopening today as it celebrates the easing of restrictions from hitting 70 percent double-dose vaccination rate.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said it has been a difficult 100 days, but the efforts of NSW residents had made today’s easing restrictions possible.

He said there would be challenges and problems with teeth, and asked residents to be patient.

“This is incredibly important for the economy,” he said.

Perrottet said cases and hospitalizations would increase, but the state must learn to live with COVID.

“NSW you have earned it, enjoy it,” he said.

Perrottet wants the border between NSW and Victorian to open ‘as soon as possible’ and believes the Victorian government agrees.

Perrottet said he spoke with Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews over the weekend about border closures.

“We will work very closely together on that,” he said.

“Obviously they are a few weeks behind us, their number of cases is still higher, our timetables are the same, while theirs are a little more conservative than ours.

“But I do not think they will be too far behind and I want the border between Victoria and NSW open as soon as possible, and so does the Victorian Premier.

“But their main focus at the moment, and it should be clear, [is] they’re dealing with what we were dealing with just a few weeks ago and I wish them all the best. “

Perrottet said that when Victoria was in a similar situation to NSW’s current position, he hoped to see the border reopened.

He said discussions had started.

While the reopening of NSW had brought great optimism to the state as shops, pubs and hairdressers reopened, allowing people to book much-needed cuts and return to retail and hospitality work, there were also concerns about what it would mean for case numbers going forward.

Certain parts of the state that were not in lockdown until this morning also see ‘Freedom Day’ as more of a step backwards, where the unvaccinated could no longer go to places they could just 24 hours ago.

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