NSW has recorded 1,257 new cases of Covid-19 and seven deaths overnight.
Sydney’s western and southwestern suburbs remain the two main concerns, while inner-city cases continue to rise.
“We have also seen an increase in cases like we reported yesterday and the day before in the inner city of Glebe add Redfern,” Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said at a news conference on Monday.
“We’re asking communities in those areas to please come forward and get vaccinated, as well as make sure they adhere to COVID restrictions.”
The new cases come as rule changes are made to outdoor gatherings in Sydney and a state border bubble is created with Queensland, allowing people in northern NSW who are not incarcerated to travel to the Sunshine State.
From Monday, vaccinated people with a Queensland border pass will be able to travel north of the border to provide compassionate care or essential groceries if they come from 12 local government areas in northern NSW that came out of lockdown on Saturday.
The border pass is not available for social reasons, such as attending weddings or funerals or visiting family or friends.
NSW has recorded 1,257 new Covid-19 cases and seven deaths overnight
Sydney’s western and southwestern suburbs remain the two main concerns, while inner-city cases continue to rise
The new cases come as new rules are changed for outdoor gatherings in Sydney and a state border bubble is being created with Queensland, allowing people in northern NSW who are not detained to travel north of the border.
Also, from Monday, up to five fully vaccinated adults living outside of Sydney’s 12 Covid-19 hotspots will be able to gather outside within three miles of their home.
Vaccinated households living in those 12 local government areas of concern can gather outside for an hour for recreation, outside curfew and within three miles of home.
Meanwhile, 12- to 15-year-olds in NSW can now enroll in Pfizer or Modena Covid-19 vaccines at primary care physicians or vaccine clinics as part of the staggered plan to allow high school students to resume face-to-face learning later this month.
NSW has warned of a ‘challenging’ two-month ahead with spikes in Covid-19 cases and expected hospitalizations.
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said on Sunday that the number of infections in the local government’s 12 areas of concern has stabilized somewhat, but that the virus is “starting up” in certain suburbs.
“We can’t afford to be wary,” she said.
Ms Berejiklian has also backtracked on plans to scrap daily Covid-19 press conferences and replace them with video link updates from health officials.
The Prime Minister will make her usual appearance for the media at 11 a.m. Monday and alongside Dr. Making NSW Health’s Jeremy McAnulty.
Ms Berejiklian is said to have held her final daily press conference on Sunday, announcing that the live-streamed meetings would be replaced by video updates from health officials.
Her change of heart comes after NSW opposition party leader Chris Minns announced he would be speaking alongside the shadow health minister.
Mr Minns was highly critical of Ms Berejiklian’s decision to end daily live updates of the pandemic, taking advantage of the decision by promising to approach the media within the same time frame to address any questions or concerns raised by the answer to the public.
Also, from Monday, up to five fully vaccinated adults living outside of Sydney’s 12 Covid-19 hotspots will be able to gather outside within three miles of their home
NSW warned of a ‘challenging’ two-month ahead with spikes in Covid-19 cases and expected hospitalizations
But just hours after he made the public announcement, Ms Berejiklian backtracked on her decision, revealing that she would be holding a live conference at 11 a.m. Monday.
The Labor Leader and MP for Kogarah, in Sydney’s south, accused the Prime Minister of “choosing when to answer” after revealing Friday that she would halt the conferences.
Ms Berejiklian quoted ‘learning to live with Covid’ for choosing the week when cases are likely to peak in NSW to make such a drastic change to public health coverage.
“We all have to start accepting that we have to live with Covid because Covid will be around for three or four years,” she said Friday morning.
There were 1,262 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases and seven deaths, including a man in his 20s, registered in NSW on Sunday.
About 78 percent of over 16s in NSW have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while about 45 percent have been fully vaccinated
The seven deaths reported 24 hours to 8pm Saturday included a man in his twenties from western Sydney and six people from southwestern Sydney in their 40s, 50s, 70s and 80s.
There are 1,206 COVID-19 patients in NSW in hospital, with 220 in intensive care and 92 on a ventilator.
About 78 percent of the over 16s in NSW have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while about 45 percent have been fully vaccinated.
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