NSW records 882 new local virus cases, two deaths

The COVID-19 death toll in NSW has risen again overnight, with two more deaths being recorded.

A man in 60s from Sydney’s Nepean Blue Mountains District died at Nepean Hospital, after acquiring his infection there earlier this month.

While a man in his 90s from western Sydney died at Concord Hospital, having acquired his infection during an outbreak at Canterbury Hospital.


It takes the total number of people who have passed away from the virus since the state’s latest outbreak erupted to 81.

There were 882 new local COVID-19 cases detected in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, with mystery surrounding how many were infectious in the community.

There are currently 767 cases in hospital, with 117 people in intensive care, 47 of whom require ventilation.

In the past 24 hours, more than 118,120 people came forward for testing, down on the previous day’s testing total of 151,272.

Meantime, the NSW government today unveiled its roadmap for schools to return to face-to-face teaching.

Speaking to reporters, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it would be a “staggered return” to the classroom, beginning with kindergarten and year one children from October 25.

That will then be followed by Year 2, 6 and 11 students on November 1, with the remainder of students to return from November 8.

HSC exams for Year 12 students have been delayed until November 9, with seniors to be given full-time access to school campuses for study from October 25.