Coronavirus Australia: Drop in COVID-19 cases for NSW as four deaths recorded

Staff writers and AAPThe West Australian
A healthcare worker is seen at a COVID-19 testing facility in Ballarat.
Camera IconA healthcare worker is seen at a COVID-19 testing facility in Ballarat. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE

NSW has reported 935 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, dipping back under 1000 daily infections, and four deaths.

Most of NSW is locked down and police are cracking down on compliance measures as authorities battle to contain the spread of the virulent Delta strain.

Of the four deaths in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday, two were men in their 60s and two people were in their 80s.

It takes the toll for the current NSW outbreak to 245, and the toll for the entirety of the pandemic to 301.

There are 1207 COVID-19 patients in hospital in NSW, with 236 in intensive care units and 123 on ventilators.

“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,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters.

“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.”

It comes as those in Sydney’s hardest hit suburbs enjoy their first taste of freedom in months, with recreation rules relaxing as vaccination rates continue to climb.

Fully vaccinated adults in the 12 western Sydney local government areas will from Monday be able to exercise outdoors with no time limits, and gather in groups of five for outdoor recreation within five kilometres from home.

Children under 12 are not included in the gathering limit.

Conditions for authorised workers and travel permit requirements will remain in place in the LGAs of concern, however.

Public pools can reopen in NSW from September 27.

Monday is also the deadline for authorised workers to have been inoculated with at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose to be permitted to leave their LGA for work, unless they have a medical exemption.

NSW reported 13 deaths on Sunday - an outbreak record.

VIC RECORDS HIGHEST NUMBER OF COVID CASES IN CURRENT OUTBREAK

Victoria has recorded its highest number of COVID-19 cases in the current outbreak and one death, as businesses groups describe the state’s roadmap out of lockdown as a “roadblock”.

The health department on Monday confirmed 567 new local cases were reported in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 5675.

The death brings the toll from the current outbreak to 12.

In the 24 hours to Monday, 50,915 tests were processed and a record 39,939 Victorians received a vaccine dose at state-run hubs.

Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday unveiled the state’s roadmap, detailing small changes to Melbourne’s restrictions when 80 per cent of Victorians over 16 have received a single vaccine dose.

But lockdown will remain in place until 70 per cent of Victorians are double- vaccinated, which is forecast for October 26.

At that stage, the city’s curfew will be lifted, the travel limit will increase to 25km and hospitality can open outdoors for 50 fully vaccinated people.

Once the 80 per cent double-dose target is met, forecast for November 5, the travel limit is scrapped, retail, gyms and beauty services reopen for the fully vaccinated and hospitality resumes indoors.

The opposition and business groups have described it as “a roadmap with roadblocks“, saying the plan is too conservative when compared with NSW’s plan.

“It is extremely tough to look over the border and see our NSW neighbours get back to relatively normal life while we continue to be locked down in a holding pattern,” Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Paul Guerra said.

Events Minister Martin Pakula said trials on double-vaccinated entry into businesses and events will begin from October.

He said the Commonwealth and Services Victoria are working on technology for people to be able to show their vaccine status on their phone or while booking tickets to an event.

Mr Pakula also said he is working with the Victoria Racing Club on a draft plan for the Melbourne Cup, which will be submitted to the public health team for approval.

“I would tell them to prepare for a draft plan for a 10,000 crowd, 15,000 crowd, I don’t think it’s going to be massive,” he told 3AW.

‘TREMENDOUS RESULT’: QUEENSLAND RECORDS NO NEW LOCAL CASES

Queensland has recorded no new local cases of COVID-19, which Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has described as a ‘tremendous result’.

Monday morning’s “good news” update from Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk comes after more than 56,000 Queenslanders were vaccinated in a ‘Super-Pfizer’ push by the state government over the weekend.

Two new cases were detected in hotel quarantine.

STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWN

VIC - 567 new local cases, one death

NSW - 935 new local cases, four deaths

WA - TBA

QLD - no new local cases

ACT - TBA

SA - TBA

TAS - TBA

NT - TBA

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