NSW records lowest daily COVID-19 numbers since August, with 477 new local cases, six deaths

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NSW recorded its lowest daily COVID-19 numbers since August 17, with 477 local cases and six deaths overnight.

One new case was acquired overseas and one was acquired interstate in the same period, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 68,523.

Premier Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Jobs and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres visit small businesses at the Casula Mall in South West Sydney on October 7, 2021. NSWPOL. Photo: Photo: Dominic LorrimerCredit:Dominic Lorrimer

NSW Health said six men died from COVID-19. Two were in their 50s, one in their 60s, and three in their 70s.

One was from western Sydney, one from south-eastern Sydney, two from south-western Sydney, and two from southern New South Wales.

Five were unvaccinated and one had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

A man in his 70s died at St George Hospital, where he acquired his infection. It is the third death linked to an outbreak at the hospital.

A man in his 50s from southern New South Wales died at home. A man in his 50s from southern New South Wales died at Canberra Hospital.

A man in his 70s died at Nepean Hospital, where he acquired his infection. It is the eighth death linked to an outbreak at the hospital.

There have been 431 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since June 16, 2021 and 487 in total since the start of the pandemic. There have been 62,847 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.

At present, there 794 patients being treated for COVID-19 in NSW hospitals, with 159 people in intensive care, 76 of whom require ventilation.

There were 86,155 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 79,894.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has said he is “absolutely” committed to avoiding any further lockdowns in the state, agreeing the measure would be a last resort and that “targeted restrictions in circumstances where they are required” are his preference as the state opens up from Monday.

From tomorrow five-kilometre travel radiuses will be scrapped, up to 10 fully-vaccinated people can visit homes and up to 30 people can gather outdoors, retail will reopen with the four-square-metre rule in place, and pubs and restaurants will reopen with the four-square-metre rule inside and two-square-metre allowance outside.

Mr Perrottet said lockdowns were “absolutely” a last resort and “we would be focusing on targeted restrictions in circumstances where they are required but ultimately now, in a position with high vaccination rates, the people of NSW have ensured that we can live safely alongside the virus”.

He cautioned: “There will always be cases, there will always be hospitalisations.”

Meanwhile, NSW Ambulance Commissioner Dominic Morgan has said paramedics were braced to attend increased call-outs when pubs reopen and the fully vaccinated can gather outside and have guests to their homes.

“The reality is that we’ve been in lockdown for a long time now and I think people will be looking to, you know, enjoy their freedoms,” Dr Morgan said.

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