New South Wales has recorded a further 1281 new cases of COVID-19 along with five deaths with the Premier foreshadowing that cases will peak in the next week.
The new cases come after 136,455 tests were carried out across the state.
Among the latest deaths is a man in his 60s who only tested positive after his death with his case now referred to the Coroner.
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A woman in her 50s, two women in their 80s and a man in his 90s also died.
The number of people being treated for COVID in New South Wales hospitals has risen to 1071 with 177 of those in ICU and 67 being ventilated.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian says they expect cases to keep rising over the next week before finally starting to fall.
However, she has warned that the hospital system will face its biggest test next month.
“What we think we will have and according to the modelling I have received, we are likely to reach a peak in cases in the next week or so,” the Premier said.
“That is what the modelling is telling us, therefore a likely peak in intensive care beds required around early-mid October.
“That is what the best modelling is telling us at this stage but I do want to qualify that by saying that a number of variables are associated with that modelling.”