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NSW records 1533 new COVID-19 cases, four deaths

It's been another day of record COVID-19 cases in NSW with 1533 new locally acquired cases in the 24 hours to 8pm last night and four deaths.

The four deaths were:

  • A man in his 60s from western Sydney died at home.
  • A woman in her 80s from south west Sydney died at Fairfield Hospital.
  • A man in his 50s from western Sydney died at Westmead Hospital.
  • A man in his 70s from south west Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital.

There are currently 1041 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 173 people in intensive care, 62 of whom require ventilation.

Of those in ICU, 137 are not vaccinated, 29 have had one dose and seven have had two doses, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.

There have been 123 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since June 16 and 179 in total since the start of the pandemic.

There have been 26,517 locally acquired cases reported since June 16 when the first case in this outbreak was reported.

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Of the 1533 locally acquired cases, they were recorded in these local health districts (LHDs):

  • 512 are from Western Sydney LHD,
  • 494 are from South Western Sydney LHD,
  • 150 are from Sydney LHD,
  • 122 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD,
  • 90 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD,
  • 38 are from Western NSW LHD,
  • 36 are from Northern Sydney LHD,
  • 17 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD,
  • 15 are from Central Coast LHD,
  • 15 are from Hunter New England LHD,
  • nine are from Far West LHD,
  • 13 are in correctional settings,
  • 22 cases are yet to be assigned to an LHD.

NSW Health's sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus at sewage treatment plants in Tamworth, Glen Innes and Port Stephens in Hunter New England LHD; Cooma in Southern NSW LHD, and Kempsey in Mid North Coast LHD.

There were 131,174 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 154,654.

NSW Health administered 49,779 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 10,501 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park and 10,616 at the vaccination centre at Qudos Bank Arena.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 7,352,370 with 2,750,897 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 4,601,473 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11:59pm on Thursday 2 September 2021.

Mr Hazzard said 72 per cent of people aged over 16 have received one dose in NSW.

"Just shy of 40 per cent are fully vaccinated and I want to thank the community more broadly across NSW for getting out and being part of what is a great journey to beat the virus, to get vaccinated, it's the way forward," Mr Hazzard said.

"Tomorrow we're going to have a super vaccination blitz for police, fire and emergency services personnel who live in those 12 LGAs of concern, obviously, we are very concerned as a government and as NSW Health to make sure that we have all of our frontline workers vaccinated."

Insert: NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard. Photos: File

Insert: NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard. Photos: File

NSW Health Executive Director COVID-19 Public Health Response Branch Dr Jeremy McAnulty said the virus was infecting people of all ages and genders.

"It is important that people realise, particularly young people who may think they are invulnerable to COVID - they are not.

"We are seeing people in their 20s and 30s in intensive care, requiring ventilation from time to time.

"It is a serious disease and that is why immunisation is just so important."

This story NSW records 1533 new COVID-19 cases, four deaths first appeared on Newcastle Herald.