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NSW recorded 1,220 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said during this morning’s regular press conference.

The Northern Rivers remained free from any detected cases during that period.

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The state’s chief medical officer, Dr Kerry Chant, said eight people with the virus had lost their lives over the 24-hour period and offered her condolences to the loved ones of those who had tragically passed away.

According Dr Chant, many of those who passed away had not been vaccinated. They also reportedly had significant underlying health problems.

A further 192 people are in the Intensive Care Unit, with 75 requiring ventilation.

The number of tests carried out across the state was 100,745.

Ms Berejiklian once again spoke in positive terms about the state’s vaccination rate, stating that 74 per cent of the population had now received their first shot.

‘Don’t be left behind,’ Ms Berejiklian said.

‘When we open up it will be only for those who are double vaccinated.’

The Central Coast is the latest area to see a spike in cases, with 22 people reported as testing positive over the most recent 24 hour period.

Auntie Pauline Deweerd, the Director of Aboriginal Health at Sydney’s St Vincents Hospital, also addressed the press conference to urge the state’s indigenous community to get vaccinated and abide by the lockdown rules.

‘Family and connection is a huge part of our culture – being part of that is extremely important to us,’ Ms Deweerd said.

‘I know that what’s being asked of us is hard. Right now our mob need to survive this pandemic.

‘Staying home and getting vaccinated is how we will get through this. All aboriginal people aged over 12 are entitled to get vaccinated.’

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