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Covid-19 Australia: NSW recorded 1,281 new cases and five deaths

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NSW has registered 1,281 new Covid-19 cases and five overnight deaths with Gladys Berejiklian alert numbers will peak next week.

The figure comes as University of Melbourne epidemiologist Tony Blakely warned that the daily case count could reach 3,000 before peaking.

“They’re going to, you know, a few thousand, maybe 3,000 cases before the vaccine dose catches up with them,” he said. “Maybe more, depending on how they go.”

Professor Blakely said state health services will come under pressure and hospital admissions will rise.

“We’re all going to have to deal with it because next year, when we open the borders, we’ll have high hospital admissions for at least a year,” he said.

The figure comes as University of Melbourne epidemiologist Tony Blakely warned the daily number of cases could reach 3,000 before peaking.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is expected to soon release modeling of impending spikes in infection cases and patient hospitalizations, after the state's double vaccination rate hit 40 percent this weekend

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is expected to soon release modeling of impending spikes in infection cases and patient hospitalizations, after the state’s double vaccination rate hit 40 percent this weekend

As companies open their doors in October or November and children go back to school, transmissions of COVID-19 will increase, so “we’ve got quite a balancing act here and quite a discussion about compromises,” he said.

‘How important do we think it is to get children back to school versus the stress on health services?’

NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian is expected to soon release modeling of impending spikes in infection cases and patient hospitalizations, after the state’s double vaccination rate reached 40 percent over the weekend.

“All the models indicate to us that the peak (in some cases) will probably be here in the next two weeks,” she said on Sunday.

“The peak in hospitalization and intensive care will probably be with us in October.”

NSW reported 1,485 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and three deaths on Sunday, as authorities battle to contain the spread of the virulent Delta strain.

Meanwhile, thousands of essential workers in Sydney’s 12 local government COVID-19 hotspots have been given a two-week extension to get their first COVID-19 shot if they want to work outside those areas.

The government has given workers another two weeks to get vaccinated, but they must make an appointment by Wednesday.

As of Monday, tens of thousands of employees from schools, young children, TAFE NSW, VET and university will be able to get vaccinated with AstraZeneca at the Qudos Vaccination Center in Homebush.

“As we prepare for a phased return to school from October 25 and the holding of HSC exams from November 9, vaccinating all staff is essential to increase safety and minimize disruption,” the minister said. of Education Sarah Mitchell.

From Monday, tens of thousands of school, early childhood, TAFE NSW, VET and university staff will be able to get vaccinated with AstraZeneca at the Qudos vaccination center in Homebush (pictured, Pfizer doses arriving in Sydney from the UK)

From Monday, tens of thousands of school, early childhood, TAFE NSW, VET and university staff will be able to get vaccinated with AstraZeneca at the Qudos vaccination center in Homebush (pictured, Pfizer doses arriving in Sydney from the UK)

By November 8, all NSW school and kindergarten staff must have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine

By November 8, all NSW school and kindergarten staff must have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine

By November 8, all NSW school and kindergarten staff must have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The death toll for the current NSW outbreak, which began on June 16, now stands at 126.

There are 1030 COVID-19 patients in NSW in hospital, with 175 in intensive care and 72 on ventilators.

Meanwhile, 40 percent of people in NSW have now been fully vaccinated, which the government says is an ‘incredible milestone’.

At least 73 percent of NSW residents ages 16 and older have had at least one vaccine dose, with more than 7.3 million shots administered in the state.

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