NSW records 1257 new COVID-19 cases, seven deaths

New South Wales has recorded 1257 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and seven additional deaths on the day that restrictions ease for fully vaccinated residents.

From today, fully-vaccinated residents can take part in outdoor gatherings of up five people.

Dubbed “picnic day”, the gatherings are only permitted for people who live outside a local government area of concern.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who fronted today’s press conference despite signalling a reduction in her appearances, urged residents not to get complacent as restrictions gradually ease.

“Today there has been some easing of restrictions after we passed that six million jab number, but it’s way too early for any of us to get complacent,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We are concerned that an unexpected event, a super spreader event can suddenly have a major setback and so whilst people start enjoying some things they couldn’t enjoy last week I urge the community please do not get complacent, do not let your guard down.”

Meanwhile, children aged 12 and over will begin receiving their jabs from this morning as Australia’s vaccine rollout enters a new phase.
From today, people across Sydney can enjoy changes to outdoor recreation rules under a slight easing of restrictions.. (Anna Kucera)

From today, people living in hotspot suburbs can take part in outdoor recreation – such as a picnic – with people from their household for two hours each day, in addition to unlimited exercise.

However, all must be within their local government area or within five kilometres of home.

Those living outside of hotspot areas can have a picnic with four other fully vaccinated adults, as long as the gathering takes place in their local government area or within five kilometres of their home.

A greater easing of restrictions are due to take effect once 70 per cent of NSW residents have been fully vaccinated.

While those under 16 are not being included in the count towards 70 per cent, those aged 12 and over can now roll up their sleeves for a vaccine through GPs and vaccination clinics.

Pfizer will be on offer for children aged 12 and over, with Moderna expected to be added once the TGA approves it for use.

The first Moderna doses will begin arriving in Australia this week, including a million doses from Europe with a total of 11 million mRNA vaccines to arrive this month.

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