By Friday morning, 87.7 per cent of people aged 16 and over had received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 65.2 per cent were fully vaccinated.
With South Sydney set to play Penrith in Sunday’s NRL Grand Final, Dr McAnulty urged fans to follow NSW’s COVID-19 rules.
“Although I hope everyone enjoys the game, I want to remind people to continue to follow the safety rules to keep yourself and your loved ones and your community safe,” he said at Saturday’s briefing.
“Social gatherings are not permitted in homes because you run the risk of spreading the virus, and the number of fully vaccinated adults who can gather outdoors remains limited to five.
Victorian health authorities attributed a 50 per cent spike in daily case numbers on Thursday to gatherings held for the AFL Grand Final last weekend.
NSW Health authorities remain concerned by the spread of the virus in some parts of Sydney, including Penrith.
Dr McAnulty singled out the western Sydney suburb alongside Campbelltown, Guildford, Bankstown, Liverpool, Mount Pritchard, Belfield and Merrylands as places where residents should particularly watch for symptoms.
“This weekend, even though we might want to celebrate and watch football, it’s important we maintain those rules to keep each other safe, and importantly, please come forward for vaccination.”
High numbers are continuing to be seen in the Illawarra region, south of Sydney, where 72 new cases were reported. There were 65 new cases reported in the Hunter-New England region, including 25 in Lake Macquarie and 21 in Newcastle.
Decline in aged care outbreaks
As case numbers decline in NSW, the number of aged care facilities with active outbreaks has also decreased, weekly data released by the federal government shows.
There were 27 active aged care outbreaks in NSW on Friday, down from 40 the previous week.
Fifteen of the outbreaks only involved staff members, however some large active outbreaks have continued to grow among residents.
Three more residents at the Hawkesbury Living Nursing Home in north-west Sydney tested positive during the week, for a total of 40 resident cases including 13 who have recovered. Six additional cases have been detected in residents at Beechwood Aged Care at Revesby, where a total of 24 have tested positive.
The outbreak at the Hardi Guildford Nursing Home, which has resulted in four resident deaths, remained at 45 cases.
There were 1488 new local coronavirus cases reported in Victoria on Saturday, the highest number of cases reported in the state during a 24-hour period. Two more Victorians have died from COVID-19.
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