FRI COVID UPDATE - SURGE IN HAWKESBURY NEW CASES AT 21 - 5 ALLOWED TO GATHER OUTSIDE FROM MONDAY
NSW recorded 1542 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours, and with cases expected to peak in the next week or so, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said today neither she nor the Health Minister Brad Hazzard will be giving any more regular daily media conferences after this Sunday.
In the Hawkesbury we have a record-breaking 21 active cases of COVID recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing our total active cases to at least 204 - this number can change during the day as more detailed numbers come out, but that's the situation at the moment, and we'll update when we have more.
The previous highest daily increase in the Hawkesbury was 18.
Premier Glady Berejiklian said this morning that we should expect cases to peak across NSW "in a week or so".
From Monday, in the Hawkesbury, groups of up to 5 fully vaccinated adults can meet up outdoors, plus any children under the age of 12.
The local government area borders still exist though, so you can only meet up with people in the Hawkesbury.
There are 1156 people in hospital across NSW with COVID, 207 of them are in ICU, with 89 on ventilators. Of the 207 - "we continue to see a major number of people not vaccinated", said Deputy Medical Officer Dr Marianne Gow this morning.
Vaccine rates across the state are now at 76.4% adults with first dose and 43.6% with both doses, fully vaccinated.
There were 9 deaths due to COVID across NSW in the last 24 hours, and three of those were relatively young, at 2 i their 50s and a man in his 30s.
A man in his 60s from western Sydney died at home.
A man in his 70s from south-eastern Sydney died at Prince of Wales Hospital.
A woman in her 40s from south-western Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital.
A man in his 70s from Sydney’s southern suburbs died at home.
A woman in her 50s from the Central Coast died at Gosford Hospital.
A man in his 60s from western Sydney died at Royal North Shore Hospital.
A woman in her 80s from western Sydney died at Ryde Hospital.
A man in his 30s from Nepean Blue Mountains died at Nepean Hospital.
A man in his 50s from south-western Sydney died in Liverpool Hospital.
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