• Tony Bosworth


Hawkesbury active cases have gone up by 13 in the last 24-hours. We'll have more on those in our in-depth numbers report later today.

There are 49 new cases in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, which includes the Hawkesbury.

New NSW cases have dipped again, some 935 in the last 24-hours, but Premier Gladys Berejiklian cautioned this morning against complacency and said we "need to continue to brace ourselves for October being the worst month for the number of people who pass away and the number of people who need intensive care".

"And I should note that even if case numbers go down, we should expect unfortunately that the number of people in intensive care and the number of people who lose their lives to go up because as we’ve said consistently because we have had a number of cases in the last few weeks, people ordinarily get very sick in the second week of the illness and sometimes stay very sick for a long time."

NSW has hit 82.2% of first doses of the vaccine and 52.7% of second doses .

Twenty per cent of 12-15-year-olds have now had their first dose of the vaccine.

The Premier said, "given that was only made available about a week ago that is an outstanding result and we are urging all parents to consider vaccinating their 12-15-year-olds. We want to make sure that when school goes back we have not only great coverage in the adult place of vaccination but in the 12-15-year-old group which is so critical."

There were 4 deaths due to COVID in the last 24 hours, none in the Hawkesbury.

Two men in their 60s from south western Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital.

A man in his 80s from western Sydney died at Nepean Hospital. His death is the second linked to an outbreak at Uniting Edinglassie Lodge Residential Aged Care Facility in Penrith.

A woman in her 80s from the Wollongong area died at Wollongong Hospital.

NSW Health extends its sincere condolences to their loved ones.

There have been 245 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since June 16 and 301 in total since the start of the pandemic.

There have been 47,058 locally acquired cases reported since June 16, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.

There are 1207 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 236 people in intensive care, 123 of whom require ventilation.

There were 124,650 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 99,782.

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