NSW records 1480 new cases, nine deaths including man in 20s

The COVID-19 outbreak in NSW is still showing no signs of slowing down, with the state recording 1480 new local virus cases today.

Sadly, another nine people have also passed away, including a man in his 20s from western Sydney.

It is among one of the youngest COVID-19 related deaths recorded in the country since the pandemic began.


NSW Health officials confirmed the young man was not vaccinated and also had serious underlying health conditions.

“On behalf of New South Wales Health, I do extend my deepest sympathies to the families of those individuals who have lost their lives,” Deputy Chief Health Officer Marianne Gale said.

In some encouraging news for the state, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has confirmed the state has hit a major vaccine milestone.

At least 75 per cent of residents have had at least their first dose of the COVID-19 jab.

While 42 per cent of those in NSW are now fully vaccinated against the virus.

“Pleasingly, New South Wales has satisfied another important hurdle,” the Premier said.

“75% of our state have had at least the first dose of vaccine and we will all rest once we get to at least 80% full dose… knowing full well that we’ll hit that double 80% vaccination rate as soon as we can.”

Ms Berejiklian added that the 42% double vaccination rate is a number which is “very pleasing inching towards that 70% double vaccination rate we’re all looking forward to, which we still believe will be around mid-October.”

Meantime, Deputy Premier John Barilaro has confirmed a decision is yet to be made on whether the regional NSW lockdown will be lifted.

The stay-at-home order for the regions, including the Tweed, is due to end at 11.59pm on Friday, however mystery surrounds whether or not it will be extended.

NSW Crisis Cabinet is meeting today to discuss whether to lift the lockdown, with hope a decision will be made by the end of the day.

“Firstly, no decision has been made about releasing areas from lockdown but the most likely areas, if you’re going to consider it, is areas with no cases, it’s as simple as that,” Mr Barilaro told reporters on Wednesday.

“If we make the decision in relation to opening – and that is up to the health advice and the crisis committee and we’ll make those decisions and let the community know shortly.

“Absolutely if a case arises, we will apply the same logic that we apply from day one, which was the Orange case, where we put that community into lockdown and we would lockdown automatically an area for at least a 14-day period, the incubation period.”

More to come.