Saturday, October 23, 2021

NSW records 1,022 new cases, 10 deaths; three LGAs in lockdown

NSW has recorded 1,022 new covid-19 cases and 10 deaths in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the victims, consisting of eight men and two women, included one person in their 50s, one person in their 60s, two people in their 70s, five in their 80s, and one person in their 90s.
Byron Bay, Tweed and Kempsey in northern NSW will also go into lockdown at 5pm today for seven days after COVID-19 cases were detected in the area.
Mr Hazzard called for people in those areas to get tested and get vaccinated.
“It’s crucial that you go and get vaccinated,” he said.
“Let’s make sure that everybody across our state has the benefit of being safe for themselves, for their family and their friends.”
However, Mr Hazzard said most of the cases remain in western and southwestern Sydney.
“We also have very high vaccination rates in south-western Sydney and western Sydney,” he said.
“That is obviously starting to make a real difference for us.”
Of the 10 deaths in the past 24 hours, six were not vaccinated at all, and one had received one dose.
Two of the others who had been double vaccinated had serious underlying health conditions.
One person was in their 50s, one person was in their 60s, two people were in their 70s, five people were in their 80s and one person was in their 90s.
Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Marianne Gale called out residents in Greenacre, Guildford, Bankstown, Revesby, Merrylands, Fairfield, Liverpool, Condell Park, Auburn and Blacktown to be on particular alert.
She also noted there had been coronavirus detected in sewage in Ballina and Wardell, where there are no diagnosed cases.
There are 1266 people in hospital in NSW with coronavirus, 244 of those in intensive care.

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