There were 587 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Eight people died with two dying at home and testing positive after their deaths, one person was a man in his twenties.
Fragments of COVID-19 have been found in the sewage at Ballina while Lismore, Kyogle and Casino remain in lockdown until October 11.
Opening up risk to regions
NSW Health say that the state has reached the 70 per cent double dose vaccination rate (of the adult population) and newly-appointed NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has said that the state will begin to open up from Monday.
However, due to the failure to get vaccines to regional areas like the Northern Rivers the bipartisan Cross Border Taskforce are calling on the NSW Government for a delay to double vaccination requirements until the end of October in regional areas and a regional roadmap.
‘80.1 per cent of the Northern Rivers region has had their first dose of the vaccine,’ Tweed Mayor Chris Cherry pointed out.
‘Our community has demonstrated to get the vaccination but only 50 per cent of our community who have actually been able to get the second vaccination. Fifty per cent of people who have been unable to get their second vaccination by 11 October are going to be punished by the state government because of the failure of the state and federal governments to supply the vaccine to the regions. Delay October 11 start date because otherwise, it will be pandemonium.’