NSW records 1007 new local cases, 11 more deaths

New South Wales has recorded another 1007 new local cases of coronavirus overnight, with another 11 deaths reported.

One of the deaths reported today was a man in his 70s from the Blue Mountains who became infected at the Uniting Springwood Residential Aged Care Facility where he was a resident. He was not vaccinated.

NSW Health confirmed nine others were not vaccinated and two people had received one dose.

The people of New South Wales are a step closer to regaining their freedom after the state government held a crisis meeting yesterday. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

At least eight had underlying medical conditions.

Three people, one man in his 40s, one man in his 50s, and one woman in her 80s died at home. Their infections were diagnosed after their deaths.

The people of New South Wales are a step closer to regaining their freedom after the state government held a crisis meeting yesterday to determine what will happen once the state reaches 80 per cent full vaccination rates.

While the specifics of that meeting won’t be revealed until next week, the easing of certain restrictions is likely.

These include the return of community sport, bigger crowds at stadium events and auctions able to be done in person.

More visitors will be allowed in homes and the number of guests at weddings and funerals will also likely expand.

Home quarantine will be expanded and people will be encouraged to return to the office.

New South Wales is currently sitting at around 85 per cent single dose vaccination and 58 per cent double dose.

The state is expecting to get to that first milestone of 70 per cent of double dose on October 11, with the 80 per cent double dose target expected to be reached a couple of weeks after that.

There are concerns though that some suburbs in Local Government Areas (LGA) are lagging behind.

That includes the City of Sydney, the Inner West, and Randwick.

They are home to over half a million people but local councils say they haven’t had the same opportunities to vaccinate as other areas.

There will be a push in those areas in the next week or two, with health authorities also concentrating on Northern New South Wales, Tweed and Byron as well.

With concerns those areas won’t reach the 70 or 80 per cent milestone when the rest of Sydney does, authorities are asking people not to travel to affected areas until they reach those targets.

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