NSW records 818 new local cases and three deaths
On Monday, the first day of tightened restrictions across New South Wales, the state reported 818 new local coronavirus infections. On Sunday, 830 cases have been recorded in NSW.
Three patients of Covid-19 had died on Sunday. The current outbreak in the state has resulted in 74 deaths.
The three people who died overnight were aged in their 80s and had underlying conditions.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that the state has reached 5.9 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, after a record 730,000 people were vaccinated last week.
“I set a target of 6 million by the end of the month and we will be at least one week ahead of schedule,” she said.
“The number we need to focus on is a vaccination rate,” she said.
“When we reach 70 per cent double dose, we will be able to live more freely. When we get to 80 per cent double dose, essentially, we would have normalized the way we treat Covid.”
Border restrictions of WA with NSW, Mark McGowan says
Premier Mark McGowan of Western Australia has warned that the state is likely to raise the danger level in New South Wales to “extreme” in the coming days.
The amendment will bring Australia’s toughest state border restrictions since the outbreak began, including compulsory hotel quarantine for newcomers to NSW, extremely restricted exemptions, and three COVID-19 testings during quarantine.
Mark McGowan said that the situation in NSW was approaching critical levels, with the greatest number of COVID-19 cases recorded today.
“It’s rapidly approaching a crisis situation, if [it is] not already a crisis situation in that state.”
“We’ve got to do everything we can to protect ourselves heading down that pathway.”
“Our expectation is that in coming days we will go to an extreme-risk situation with New South Wales. I haven’t got an exact timeframe on that, but we’re monitoring and getting health advice,” he said.
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