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NSW has recorded 1533 new local COVID-19 cases, including four deaths.
One new case was acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 32,134.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard addresses the Saturday morning COVID-19 briefing.Credit:Anna Kucera
NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard has urged people to come forward to get vaccinated, with about 72 per cent of people over 16-years-old already jabbed.
“Just shy of 40 per cent are fully vaccinated,” he said. “I want to thank the community more broadly across NSW for getting out and being part of what is a great journey to beat the virus, to get vaccinated – it’s the way forward.”
Up to 1041 patients with COVID-19 are now being treated in NSW Hospitals with 173 cases in ICU.
Mr Hazzard said the majority of the positive cases continue to be in south-west and western Sydney.
Regional NSW continues to see growing case numbers, recording 38 new cases overnight. The majority of these cases are in the Dubbo region.
NSW Health Executive Director COVID-19 Public Health Response Branch Dr Jeremy McAnulty authorities are concerned about positive sewage detections in areas where there are no cases.
These areas include Tamworth, Glen Innes and Port Stephens, Cooma, and Kempsey on the Mid North Coast.
The four fatalities included a man in his 60s from western Sydney who died at home, a woman in her 80s from south-west Sydney who died at Fairfield Hospital, a man in his 50s from western Sydney who died at Westmead Hospital and a man in his 70s from south-west Sydney who died at Liverpool Hospital.
None of the four people were vaccinated.
There have been 123 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since June 16, and 179 in total since the start of the pandemic.
There have been 26,517 locally acquired cases reported since June 16, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.
On Saturday morning, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced it has provisionally approved the use of the Moderna vaccine for people aged between 12 and 17.
The recommended dose and dose interval is the same as that for the adult population – two full doses given 28 days apart.
“Provisional approval for use in the 12-17 years age group has been made following careful evaluation of the available data supporting safety and efficacy,“ a statement from the federal government said.
“The vaccine has also received regulatory approval or authorisation in this age group in several jurisdictions, including the United Kingdom, Canada, the European Union and Switzerland.”
From Monday September 6 authorised workers in the 12 hotspot local government areas of concern will need to have at least one dose of a vaccine to be able to attend work. This includes care workers such as those who work in early education or who provide disability support services.
NSW reported a record high of 1431 cases and 12 deaths on Friday, the highest numbers in a 24-hour period since the pandemic began. Ms Berejiklian foreshadowed the healthcare system would probably operate differently in the near future, with a peak in cases expected in the the next fortnight.
Victoria recorded 190 new locally acquired cases on Saturday, with 49,548 tests conducted. Health data revealed most of the state’s recent infections have stemmed from schools and childcare centres than any other type of setting.
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