NSW records 1218 cases, six deaths on darkest day of pandemic

New South Wales has recorded 1218 new cases of COVID-19 along with six deaths, the worst day of the pandemic to date.

A man in his 80s died in Nepean Hospital after contracting the virus there earlier this month.

He is the fifth death linked to the outbreak at the hospital with officials confirming he wasn’t vaccinated


A man in his 80s with underlying illnesses died in Concord Hospital after contracting the virus at an aged care facility.

Three men in their 70s and a woman in her 80s also died in hospital.

Officials are growing increasingly concerned at the number of people being admitted to hospital with COVID.

There are 813 being treated in hospital with 126 in ICU and 54 being ventilated.

The state’s vaccination rate continues to grow rapidly with 834,000 getting a jab in the last week.

65 per cent of the eligible population have now had one dose of a vaccine while 35 per cent have had both.

“At this stage, the double dose at 70 per cent will give us more freedoms. We expect that to land somewhere during October,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

“But the next big target I want us to achieve is that 70 per cent single-dose vaccination because then we will have confidence as to when we are going to (reach) that double dose.”

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