New South Wales has recorded another 818 new cases of COVID-19 and three further deaths.
Two men and one woman, all in their 80s died overnight, with officials confirming they all had underlying medical conditions.
They include a man at Liverpool Hospital who is the 11th death linked to the facility’s geriatric ward.
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There are currently 586 people being treated in New South Wales hospitals.
Of those, 100 are being treated in ICU with 32 on ventilators.
Sydney’s west and southwest remain the areas of most concern, especially Guildford, Auburn, Greystanes and Blacktown.
There were 24 new cases in western New South Wales including 14 in Dubbo and one each in Parkes, Mudgee and Orange.
The far west of the state recorded just three cases to 8pm last night but officials have already indicated 15 new cases have been detected since that time.
The number of vaccinations administered in New South Wales is now at 5.9 million.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian is urging people to focus on vaccination rates rather than the daily case numbers.
“I want to stress that we are going through the rollercoaster ride of emotions as case numbers go up and down.
“I don’t want us to focus so much on the numbers going up and down. We want to see them go down, no doubt about that, and we’re working so hard to make it possible, but the number we need to focus on is a vaccination rate.
“When we reached 70 per cent double dose, we will be able to live more freely. When we get to 80 per cent double dose, essentially, we would have normalised the way we treat COVID.”
Ms Berejiklian has also urged other states to stick to the agreement made at national cabinet to end lockdowns at 80 per cent vaccination, with Queensland and Western Australia effectively walking away from the deal, flagging that lockdowns will continue beyond that point.
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