NSW announces 1,043 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths

NSW recorded 1,043 new locally acquired COVID-19 infections in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday.Eleven people died with COVID in the reporting period.Across NSW, 84.1 per cent of adults have now had a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 56.6 per cent have had both doses.A third of 12-15 year olds in the state have received one dose.Health authorities said they are seeing a decline in cases in some of the local government areas (LGAs) of concern in Sydney, including Canterbury-Bankstown and Cumberland.LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemicBut there was concern about an increase in cases in the Illawarra, where 103 new cases have been reported.Fragments of the virus have been found in sewage at Lightning Ridge in north-west NSW and at Jindabyne near the Snowy Mountains. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said communities in Western and south-western Sydney had done an “unbelievable job” in getting vaccinated.”We saw vaccination rates go through the roof and in every local government area of concern we have had at least 80 per cent of first doses,” she said.”In some communities, Blacktown and Campbelltown, we have had over 90 per cent and in Camden we have had over 95 per cent first dose and in Holsworthy, the Liverpool area, we have seen vaccination rates around 85 per cent first dose.”How quickly is COVID spreading in your postcode?See where infections are rising fastest and how your neighbourhood compares.Read moreNSW chief health officer Kerry Chant said she was “thrilled” by the uptake of vaccines in NSW but urged anyone who has not yet had a jab to come forward.”I want to see us get to 90 per cent first dose by next week,” she said. She said health authorities were currently administering a high number of vaccines in the state’s prisons.”I am asking everyone to redouble their efforts over the next couple of weeks so that we leave no-one behind.”​ABC analysis predicts NSW will be 70 per cent double dosed on October 6, meaning lockdown will likely end on October 11, and 80 per cent will be double dosed on October 16.The Premier said she was “wary” of using terms like “freedom day” to discuss what would happen once vaccination targets were met.”While we are all looking forward, almost a gallop to the finish line in terms of the double dose, we need to make sure that what we do at 70 per cent and 80 per cent is done cautiously,” she said.The Premier warned that if restrictions were lifted too quickly there was a risk the health system would be overwhelmed.”In October we do anticipate high rates of intensive care admission,” she said. “That is what we have to brace ourselves for.”One of the 11 fatalities was a man in his 40s who died at his home in Western Sydney.Ten people were unvaccinated, and one had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.All had underlying medical conditions. One of these people was a man in his 50s from Broken Hill, who died at Broken Hill Base Hospital.Two of these people died at home and were tested for COVID-19 after they had passed away. The Premier said once vaccination targets were met she would be happy to for the state to become the “gateway to Australia” and open up to more international arrivals.”Once we get to that 80 per cent double dose, I would welcome having thousands and thousands of Australians come through Sydney Airport,” she said.”If airlines put on extra flights it would make me very happy.”Ms Berejiklian said the government was still considering how and when restrictions on regional travel would be lifted.  “We are confident will get the balance right by giving people enough freedoms to enjoy the things that we’ve missed and making sure we reopen in a very responsible and cautious way,” she said.Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 5 minutes 18 seconds5m Families and kids share their lives in lockdownLoading form…

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