NSW records 1220 COVID-19 cases, eight deaths, with 192 people in ICU

NSW records 1220 COVID-19 cases, eight deaths, with 192 people in ICU

September 7, 2021

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NSW has reported 1220 new local coronavirus cases on Tuesday, as the state’s chief health officer warns vaccination rates in older people are still too low despite record increases in coverage continuing to be recorded in Sydney’s west.

Eight deaths were reported on Tuesday, including an Aboriginal woman in her 70s from Enngonia, in NSW’s west, whose death was first reported on Monday. The other seven deaths were:

  • A man in his 60s from the Nepean-Blue Mountains area who died at home.
  • A man in his 90s from south-east Sydney who died at St George Hospital.
  • A man in his 50s from the Nepean-Blue Mountains area who died at Nepean Hospital.
  • A man in his 90s from south-west Sydney who died at Campbelltown Hospital after acquiring his infection at Advantage Aged Care Facility at Prestons Lodge.
  • A woman in her 70s from western Sydney who died at Nepean Hospital.
  • A man in his 70s from south-west Sydney who died at Liverpool Hospital.
  • A man in his 80s from western Sydney who died at Westmead Hospital.

    NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said the case of the man who died at home had been referred to the coroner.

    Premier Gladys Berejiklian at Tuesday’s press conference. Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

    NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian praised the state for its rising vaccination rates, with some areas of western Sydney now at an 85 per cent single-dose coverage.

    “Pleasingly the NSW average for first doses is now over 74 per cent, and we encourage people to keep pushing,” she said.

    The Premier particularly highlighted Blacktown, where more than 85 per cent of people have received a first dose of vaccine, and Camden, where more than 82 per cent have received one shot.

    “Obviously when these local government areas are in the high 80s, and the state average is 74 per cent, that means some areas are falling behind,” she added.

    “We want to make sure we’ve got targeted strategies in those communities. Don’t be left behind when we start opening up. When we open up at 70 per cent double dose, it will be only for those who are vaccinated.”

    While Dr Chant said the increase was a “good achievement”, she was still seeing too many people aged over 70 or over 50 unprotected.

    Dr Chant said there were 192 cases in intensive care, 75 of whom require ventilation.

    “They are across all age groups, so again, I reiterate the fact that no one should be complacent about COVID, please get vaccinated,” Dr Chant said.

    She said the key areas of concern were Guildford, Auburn, Merrylands, Greenacre, Bankstown, Punchbowl, Dubbo and Granville.

    “I want to call out the Central Coast. We’re seeing a number of cases increase in the Central Coast, so please come out and get tested.”

    Two NSW schools shut on Tuesday after COVID-19 cases were reported in their communities.

    A NSW Education spokesperson said Crawford Public School, at Doonside in western Sydney, and Cringila Public School, in Wollongong, would be shut to allow for contact tracing and cleaning.

    The state’s vaccination rollout has continued to steam ahead in Sydney’s west, with close to 80 per cent of the city’s now having received at least one shot.

    More than two in five Blacktown area residents aged 16 and over received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in the past four weeks, according to figures released by the federal government on Monday evening. The north-west Sydney region now has an 86.1 per cent first-dose coverage.

    The lowest rate of first dose vaccination coverage in metropolitan Sydney was the eastern suburbs, where 70.5 per cent of people have received a shot.

    A significant increase has also been seen in vaccination coverage in regional NSW: Almost 75 per cent of eligible residents in the far west and Orana region have received their first dose, up from about a third four weeks ago.

    Victoria reported 246 new local cases overnight, including 156 without a known source.

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