NSW COVID cases grow by 607, seven deaths recorded

Rates were also high in Ku-ring-gai (84.4 per cent) and Hornsby (81.6 per cent).

There are 978 COVID-19 cases admitted in hospital as of today, including 190 in intensive care, 94 of whom require ventilation.

Of the 190 people who are in intensive care, 136 are not vaccinated and 39 people have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, Dr McAnulty said.

All councils achieve 70 per cent first dose

Every council area in NSW has now achieved 70 per cent first-dose coverage of its population aged 15 and over.

Byron Shire, in the state’s north, had a notable increase in uptake – the area’s first-dose rate grew from just under 67 per cent to 72 per cent in one week.

The City of Sydney also passed the 70 per cent milestone in the past week. At 71.4 per cent, the council’s vaccination rate is the lowest in the state, although experts have posited this could be attributed to changing population data.

Non-urgent day surgery can resume in all NSW private hospitals from Tuesday, following a decision by the ministry last week.

The change will see procedures including hand surgery and ENT surgery allowed to recommence at 19 large private hospitals, which previously were directed to scale back their workload, so they could assist with the pandemic effort.


Although the number of hospitalised cases is declining, COVID-19 clusters are continuing to grow within some western Sydney hospitals.

A spokesperson for South Western Sydney Local Health District said the cluster across four wards at Liverpool Hospital was now at 35 cases, including 30 patients. Two patients in the hospital’s orthopaedics ward, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 90s, died last week.

The cluster at Campbelltown Hospital, which began when a patient was transferred from Liverpool, is at 20 cases, including 16 patients. Three people have died, including a man in his 60s whose death was announced on Monday.

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