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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian battled the media and wind outdoors in Western Sydney a 11am.

In what is now a general press conference, the Premier spoke to media at 11am this morning outdoors in Western Sydney, about the pandemic and other business.

The Premier said she had to make some very important announcements – mostly about vaccination numbers.

‘New South Wales we’ve 82.2 per cent of first doses which is outstanding, and 52.7 per cent of second doses and of course once we get to that 70 per cent double dose number.

‘We’ll be able to enjoy all those things we’ve missed for far too long, pleasingly for 12 to 15-year-olds, 20 per cent have had their first dose of the vaccine given that was only made available about a week ago, that is an outstanding result.

‘Today I also want to say that although we can’t read too much into this pleasingly New South Wales has 935 cases of community transmission. Unfortunately, four people lost their lives and we extend our deepest condolences to those families and loved ones of those deceased.

We should expect the numbers to go up

The Premier said she wanted to note that even if case numbers go down, we should expect the number of people in intensive care and the number of people who lose their lives to go up.

’As we’ve said consistently, because we’ve had a number of cases in the last few weeks people ordinarily get very sick in the second week of the illness, and sometimes stay very sick for a long time. That’s why we need to continue to brace ourselves for October being the worst month for the number of people who pass away, and the number of people who need intensive care.

‘We should never lose sight of that no matter what else is happening in terms of the vaccination rate, or anything else that is the likely scenario in October, so we can’t be complacent because we know that unfortunately given what Delta does, if we’re too complacent too early, things can get out of control and that’s the last thing we want.

There have been no new cases in NNSWLHD reported to 8pm last night.


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COVID-19 update for the NNSWLHD – May 23

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, Sunday May 22, there were 40 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with one of these in ICU.

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AEC says COVID voters can phone from home

The AEC says that voters who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 will be able to phone in their vote in the federal election.

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COVID-19 update: May 16

The Northern NSW Local Health District says that to 4pm yesterday, 15 May, 384 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the District, including 82 positive PCR tests and 302 positive rapid antigen tests.

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It’s National Volunteer Week

Volunteering Australia says volleys are the backbone of the country in times of crisis and emergency.

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COVID-19 update: May 9

Today there are 41 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with none of these in ICU.

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COVID-19 update: May 6

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) reports that there are 37 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with one of these in ICU.

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COVID-19 update: Monday 2 May

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday, 1 May, 274 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the area, including 56 positive PCR tests and 218 positive rapid antigen tests

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COVID-19 update: Friday, April 29

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, 28 April, 398 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the region, including 74 positive PCR tests and 324 positive rapid antigen tests.

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COVID-19 update: Thursday April 28

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, there were 541 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the region, including 143 positive PCR tests and 398 positive rapid antigen tests.

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