GRIM DAY: NSW records 12 deaths, 1431 new COVID-19 cases

NSW has recorded its deadliest day of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 12 people passing away in the past 24 hours.

The state has also broken its daily case record, with 1431 new local coronavirus cases recorded up until 8pm last night.

It comes as the Premier issued a dire warning, admitting the worst is still yet to come.


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“As I have said previously, the best health advice I have is that we anticipate a peak in cases in the next fortnight,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

“The next fortnight is likely to be our worst in terms of the number of cases, but as I have said it is not the number of cases we need to be focusing on but how many of those cases end up in our intensive care wards and hospitals”.

The deaths include an unvaccinated woman in her 30s who died at home on 1 September after being tested on 31 August.

NSW Health said investigations are underway into the source of her infection.

The virus has also claimed the lives of a woman in her 60s, four men in their 70s, three women in their 70s, a man in his 80s, a woman in her 80s and a man in his 90s.

There are currently 979 cases in hospital, with 160 of those in intensive care, 63 of whom require ventilation.

In some positive news, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has signed an amendment to the Public Health Order to allow small wedding services to go ahead from today.

Under the Order, a small wedding will be able to go ahead with no more than five guests plus the wedding party, which includes the two people getting married, two witnesses required for the marriage, one person conducting the service, and one person to record the wedding.

However, there are a number of restrictions in regards to who can attend the service, including:

  • a person who lives in Greater Sydney cannot attend a wedding service, as part of the wedding party or as a guest, outside of Greater Sydne
  • a person who lives in regional NSW can only attend a wedding in Greater Sydney if they are part of the wedding party or the parent, child or sibling of one of the persons getting marrie
  • a person who lives in Greater Sydney, but not in an area of concern, can only attend a wedding in an area of concern if they are part of the wedding party or the parent, child or sibling of one of the persons getting marrie
  • a person who lives in an area of concern can only attend a wedding outside the area of concern in which they live if they are part of the wedding party or the parent, child or sibling of one of the persons getting married.

The weddings can be held outdoors, but not in domestic households, with NSW officials strictly stressing that gatherings or receptions following the service will not be allowed.

Also, as of today, exercise is no longer limited to one hour in the local government areas of concern.

The 5am to 9pm curfew still applies, but exercise is unlimited outside of those hours.