941 cases, six deaths in NSW as virus detected in Tweed sewage

New South Wales has recorded 941 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

A further six people with the virus have also passed away, including four men and two women.

Three people were in their 70s, two were in their 80s and one person was in their 90s.


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Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said there has been an increase in cases in regional NSW and has urged residents to monitor for symptoms.

“We’ve also got sewage detections in Gunnedah, Tweed, Banora Point and South Grafton,” Dr Chant said.

Locals in the above areas are being told to continue getting vaccinated and to come forward for testing immediately if they feel unwell, but they have avoided being placed back into lockdown.

However, stay-at-home orders are being extended in a number of regional areas until 11 October.

Those impacted include Bathurst Regional, Bourke, Central Coast, City of Cessnock, Dubbo Regional, Eurobodalla, Goulburn Mulwaree, Kiama, City of Lake Macquarie, and City of Lithgow.

City of Maitland, City of Newcastle, Port Stephens, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional, City of Shellharbour, City of Shoalhaven, and Wingecarribee will also remain in lockdown until October 11.

Due to recent transmission of the virus, the Snowy Monaro LGA is also being plunged into a snap lockdown from 3pm today for seven days.

“These stay-at-home orders also apply to anyone who has the Snowy Monaro LGA since 22 September,” NSW Health said.

However, stay-at-home orders will be lifted as scheduled from tomorrow for Mid-Western Regional, Hilltops and Walgett LGAs.

For the Central Darling Shire Council, stay-at-home orders will also be lifted from tomorrow, with the exceptions of Wilcannia and Menindee.

“Stay-at-home orders will be extended in Menindee for a further seven days and in Wilcannia until 11 October,” NSW Health confirmed.

In some encouraging news, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has confirmed 86.7% of people in NSW have now had their first jab, while 62.9% are fully vaccinated.

“So we’ll definitely hit that 70% target by Monday 11 October of opening that day,” the Premier said.