NSW COVID Cases Trend Down As LGA’s Put ‘On Notice’
Business' ready to spring back
New South Wales recorded 863 new locally acquired COVID cases and seven deaths on Tuesday.
NSW health minister Brad Hazzard said those who died from COVID-related illnesses include one person in their 40s, another in their 50s, two in their 70s, two in their 80s and on person in their 90s.
Three were fully vaccinated, three had received one dose and one person was unvaccinated.
Meantime, there is relief for some LGA's with Byron Bay and Tweed areas exiting lockdown on Wednesday, as scheduled, just as Kempsey, Port Macquarie and Muswellbrook have been put on notice' with an increase in local cases.
However, of the 12 LGA’s of initial concern, Auburn, Punchbowl, Greenacre, Guildford, Bankstown, Penrith, Merrylands, and Blacktown residents have also been asked to stay on alert despite "terrific" vaccination rates.
"[They are] being considered as a result of cases in those areas. These decisions are not made lightly. There's more work to do and the public health team will do that work this afternoon but I'm putting the community on notice that there may be a further announcement today in regard to all three of those areas or any one of those three areas," warned Mr Hazzard.
The heath minister also delivered a stern warning to unvaccinated people as the state' continues to drive COVID-19 inoculation targets.
"I hear conversations now that we don't need to get vaccinated. Well, yes, you do…. you're kidding yourself if you think you don't need to get vaccinated," he said.
"It may well be you that gets the virus and dies or ends up in a hospital ICU. It maybe you that passes on the virus to your family or your friends and sees the responsibility then fall upon your shoulders for the death of one of your close friends or family."
- MP Brad Hazzard
Meanwhile, Business NSW is confident the state will spring out of lockdown quickly with Sydney set to re-open on October 11, after the NSW Premier unveiled the 80 per cent re-opening plan on Monday, along with announcing December 1, as the day unvaccinated people can expect to get back most their freedoms.
CEO of Business NSW Daniel Hunter told LiSTNR'S 'Australia Today' that the state has rebounded hard and fast from previous lockdowns, which demonstrates how keen people are to return to normal.
"If we wind back the clock to around May of this year, our biggest problem was labour shortages and skills shortages and lack of housing in regional areas. Now that indicates that things are going very well, so I think we will spring out of this very quickly"
- Daniel Hunter
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