NSW to spend $130 million on mental health as state records 301 cases of locally acquired COVID-19, 10 deaths



The NSW government has pledged $130 million in support for mental health in the wake of the pandemic, as the state recorded 301 cases of locally acquired COVID-19.Another 10 people died in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday. The new cases were detected from 69,107 test results received yesterday.NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the announcement of funds for services, beds, counsellors and appointments is a recognition that mental health was the “untold story” of the pandemic.NSW Health said there are currently 619 people in hospital, with 137 in intensive care.Close to 92 per cent of the population aged 16 and over have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemicThe state yesterday reached the next milestone in the COVID-19 recovery roadmap, with 80 per cent of its eligible adult population fully inoculated against COVID-19.NSW is the first state to achieve this goal.How quickly is COVID spreading in your postcode?See where infections are rising fastest and how your neighbourhood compares.Read morePremier Dominic Perrottet made the announcement on Facebook, thanking healthcare professionals and the residents of NSW.Under a further easing of restrictions, from Monday up to 20 fully vaccinated people will be able to gather in a home and groups of up to 50 outside.Community sport is also set to resume but masks are still required in most indoor settings except offices.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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