• Tony Bosworth


COVID cases are surging in NSW, with 1218 new cases in the last 24 hours, that's almost 200 more than yesterday, but the Premier said this morning the focus should not be on rising numbers but rather on vaccination levels.

There are also a record number of people in hospital, and those numbers are growing by the day. There are 813 people in hospital across NSW, with 126 in ICU, with 54 of those on ventilators to help them breathe.

There were 6 deaths due to COVID in the last 24 hours, none in the Hawkesbury, though one patient died at Nepean Hospital after getting the virus there.

Of the ICU patients, 113 are not vaccinated, 12 have received one dose and one has received both doses.

Hawkesbury cases have risen 8 in the last 24 hours to give a total of 84 active COVID cases in our local government area.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said we shouldn't be focusing on case numbers and she concentrated on vaccine numbers this morning, reporting that 65% of NSW residents had now received one dose and 35% were fully vaccinated.

The Premier denied a suggestion from a journalist that some people felt she was not alarmed by the rising case numbers.

"I am alarmed by anyone who needs hospital care or is in intensive care," she said.

"As we have seen out of everyone in intensive care, only one person is fully vaccinated. That is important to have in mind.

"The case numbers are always concerning when they are going up. We would love to see them come down but that is not the most relevant number for us.

"The most relevant number is how many people are vaccinated and how many are we keeping out of hospital and intensive care and that is important for us moving forward. We have to come to terms with living with this virus.”

She said it was likely 70% of the NSW population would be fully vaccinated by mid-October.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jeremy McAnulty said vaccines gave 90% protection and he added while vaccination was important for individuals' protection, it was also about protecting health workers and anyone else in the community, to help stop the spread of the virus.

In the last week 834,000 people in NSW received vaccine jabs.

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