NSW records 319 COVID-19 cases and two deaths

NSW has recorded 319 locally acquired COVID-19 cases and two deaths in the 24 hours to 8pm on Friday.There were 66,311 tests undertaken in the reporting period. NSW Health said there were now 652 people with the virus in hospital, 138 of whom were in intensive care.There were two new cases acquired overseas.Catch up on the main COVID-19 news from October 15 with a look back at our blog.Close to 92 per cent of people aged 16 and over have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.NSW has not quite reached the 80 per cent mark for double vaccination figures yet, with 78.8 per cent of people aged 16 and over now vaccinated twice.The Premier Dominic Perrottet yesterday said the state was expected to reach the 80 per cent vaccine target this weekend, allowing a further easing of restrictions for people who’ve had both jabs from Monday, October 18.These include more visitors in homes, larger outdoor gatherings, standing in pubs and the end of caps on weddings and funerals.How quickly is COVID spreading in your postcode?See where infections are rising fastest and how your neighbourhood compares.Read moreRegional travel for Greater Sydney residents had also been promised at 80 per cent but the government on Friday pushed that back again to November 1.Mr Perrottet this week warned the expected surge of cases from loosening restrictions may not appear for up to two weeks.NSW will open its borders to fully vaccinated international travellers — who will no longer need to quarantine in hotels, or at home — from next month, Mr Perrottet announced yesterday.More to come.Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 2 minutes 53 seconds2m 53s Recycling the waste COVID-19 has created(Emilia Terzon)Loading form…

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