New South Wales has recorded 1164 new cases of COVID-19 and three further deaths as the Premier flags a ‘better spring’.
A woman in her 50s, a man in his 80s and a man in his 90s all died in hospital overnight, taking the state’s death toll from this outbreak to 96.
The number of people admitted to hospital has risen to 871, with 143 of those in ICU.
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Officials are ramping up vaccinations in the state’s jails with an outbreak at Parklea Correctional Centre continuing to grow.
There were a further 43 cases at the prison in the last 24 hours with 74 inmates and one staff member now infected.
Western New South Wales remains an area of concern with a further 54 cases overnight, 32 of those in Dubbo.
New South Wales has now had 67 per cent of the eligible population who have had at least one dose of the vaccine.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian hopes to get to 70 per cent, or 7 million jabs by the end of this week.
“When we get the first dose to 70 per cent we know we’ll reach the target. While 70 per cent double dose gives those of us vaccinated freedoms, 80 per cent double dose allows us to look at international travel, welcoming home all Australians,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“How wonderful would it be to welcome back all Aussies who want to be reunited with their families by Christmas and New South Wales will step up to support that cause.”