NSW has recorded 864 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
Sadly, another 15 people with the virus have passed away, including eight women and seven men.
Three people were in their 50s, two people were in their 60s, two people were in their 70s, six people in their 80s, and two people were in their 90s.
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It brings the total number of people who have died during the state’s latest outbreak to 352.
Of today’s news cases, five are from Northern NSW, including two from Kyogle, one in Casino, one in Tweed and one in Byron Bay.
NSW Health has confirmed that traces of the virus have also been detected in sewage at Hastings Point and Ballina in the Northern Rivers region, Quirindi in the North West Slopes region, and Armidale and Tamworth in the Hunter region.
It comes as residents in Kyogle and Narromine are forced back into lockdown until October 11 due to “an increased COVID-19 public health risk”.
“Everyone in these LGAs must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason, which includes shopping for food, medical care, getting vaccinated, compassionate needs, exercise and work or tertiary education if you can’t work or study at home,” NSW Health said.
In some encouraging news for the state, 87.2 per cent of the over-16 population has now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 64 per cent are fully vaccinated.