There were four deaths and 1,116 cases of COVID from of community transmission reported till 8pm in NSW yesterday. There are 917 people in hospital with COVID and 66 are currently requiring ventilation.
The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian highlighted that of the 150 patients in ICU 127 of them were not vaccinate. The four people who died were also unvaccinated and had underlying health conditions.
‘We anticipate with where the case numbers are and rate of vaccination the highest hospital numbers will occur in October,’ she said.
However, Berejiklian said that with the high number of people coming forward to be vaccinated that September was the month for businesses to start to prepare their COVID safety plans with the potential to reopen as the state hits its vaccination milestones.
She repeatedly referred to the possibility of removing restrictions and opening up at 70 and 80 per cent double vaccination for the adult population.
‘No matter where you live in NSW expect to have more freedoms, as long as you are vaccinated, when 70 per cent of the adult population are vaccinated,’ she said.
‘At 70 and 80 per cent double doses life will be a lot different.
‘It is impossible to eliminate Delta strain. It is a game-changer. Every state will sooner or later will have to live with delta,’ she stated.
Currently international arrivals in NSW has been halved but the Premier said at 80 per cent double vaccination for the adult population the state would be looking at opening up the potential for international travel.
‘Imagine when 70 to 80 per cent of the adult population vaccinated – you think very differently how you test, quarantine, and isolate,’ she said.
The NSW Premier said she was adhering to the national plan for COVID and in line with that she called on ‘on colleges to support national plan’ and hopes that states begin to open up as the 80 per cent double vaccination targets are reached.
‘As confronting as this is for a lot of states, once you get to 80 per cent double dose [and they open up] COVID will creep in. That is the reality. I hope every premier is signed up to the plan and will stick with the plan,’ she said.