Another seven deaths, 1,288 new COVID cases in NSW

The COVID-19 death toll continues to rise in NSW, with the state recording another seven deaths and 1,288 new local cases overnight.

It comes as the Premier issued a grim warning that the worst is still yet to come.

“We anticipate October will be the worst month for the number of people that lose their lives and also for the rate of people in hospital,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters on Thursday.


“If I can just briefly explain that it’s normally in the second week of illness that people get very sick. 

“So there’s always a lag between when people get diagnosed and when they’re likely to need intensive care or hospitalisation.

“Obviously as the rate of vaccination increases, as more and more people are vaccinated and have that protection, we will see that rate come down.”

The deaths include a man in his 50s, a man in his 70s, a woman in her 70s, three men in their 80s, and a woman in her 80s.

It takes the total number of people who have passed away from the virus during the state’s latest outbreak to 107.

It’s also been confirmed that from 5am tomorrow, people who live in Sydney’s 12 LGA’s of concern will be able to have unlimited exercise.

“Previously we’d only allowed an hour a day to exercise and now the public health experts have given us the green light to allow everybody who lives in a local government area of concern to have unlimited exercise from 5:00am to 9:00pm,” The Premier said.

The exercise rule is now the same for every person across NSW.

In some positive news, more than 121,000 people came forward to get vaccinated in the past 24 hours, with NSW passing the 7 million jab mark.

The state is also on track to hit another major vaccine milestone today.

“Pleasingly today, New South Wales looks like we’ll be the first state or territory to hit 70% first-dose vaccination across our population,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“I can’t thank our people enough. It’s been a difficult couple of months and the fact that people have heard the messages we’ve been giving and coming forward to get vaccinated and hitting that 70% first dose is an outstanding achievement.”

The Premier revealed 70 per cent of people in NSW are expected to have had both doses of the vaccine by October 21, which will give residents more freedoms.

“I want to remind citizens that 70% double-dose will be different to what we’re experiencing today,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“70% double-dose vaccination will allow us to do the things we’ve all been missing. It will allow us to interact with one another safely.

“But again, I want to stress this, the privileges that will extend at 70% double-dose are only for those who are double vaccinated… So get vaccinated now”.

Ms Berejiklian said officials “always knew September and October would be our most difficult months”.

“But once we get to the higher rates of vaccination, life will be and will feel very much different,” she said.

“And again, I stress that at 80% double-dose vaccination, we anticipate allowing our citizens to access international travel and also to welcoming home Australians through Sydney Airport.

“And that is something we want to do on behalf of the nation because during a pandemic we can’t pretend that we’re separate nations within one nation. We all need to work together.”