Vaccination rates key to easing NSW restrictions by end of August

The coronavirus death toll in New South Wales has increased again overnight, as the state records another 207 new local infections.

It follows another day of record testing for the state, with another 117,000 people coming forward over the last 24 hours to 8.00 pm.

Authorities report that of the 207 new locally acquired cases, at least 51 of them were infectious while out and about in the community.


The source of 102 cases is still under investigation.

Sadly, another person has died overnight, becoming the 15th coronavirus death in this outbreak.

The man in his 90s passed away in hospital, and was understood to have received one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Meantime, hundreds of Australian Defence Force personnel are now patrolling Sydney, helping police to ensure that people are following lockdown rules.

Over the weekend, police issued 29 fines and 35 warnings. They also inspected about 44 businesses.

Authorities are still pleading with people to come forward and get vaccinated, saying that it will greatly help the state get back to normal as well as getting the number of people infectious out in the community down to zero.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says vaccination is now the key.

“What will assist us greatly is if people come forward and get vaccinated, especially those who are working in critical work, in authorised work, especially those in health settings, those that are vulnerable, it is important for us to come forward and get vaccinated.

“We are at 3.9 million jabs already.

“5 million jabs means we’re halfway to the 80% target, give or take and 9.2 million jabs gets us to 70%.

“That is critical and important but it has to be put into context with what the case numbers are doing at the time. 

“The best outcome for us by the end of August would see a reduction in case numbers and a high rate of vaccination, that is the best outcome we can hope to achieve.

“I am keen for us to have the goals in sight. The goal is for us to live as safely and freely as possible.

“The higher the vaccination rate, the greater options we have to getting there,” Ms Berejiklian said in Monday’s press conference.