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(AUSTRALIA) #Coronavirus Report: NSW: Premier Gladys Berejiklian says fully vaccinated people will be given greater freedoms in October as the state records 1,290 new #COVID19 cases and four deaths #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Aug.31: The Premier said it was an “outstanding result” that 6.8 million jabs had now been administered in NSW with nearly two thirds of the adult population having one dose and 36 per cent with two doses….

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says NSW records 1,290-new #COVID19 Ms Berejiklian said the state was on track to get 70 per cent of people fully vaccinated in October: Vaccination is the key in terms of our freedom and reducing the spread of the virus.,” she said as the police urge public to self-isolate when they are asked to prevent the spread of the virus …

However, Ms Berejiklian said there would still be restrictions when NSW businesses start to reopen at the 70 per cent double dose milestone.

“You will have to check in, demonstrate you have been vaccinated, demonstrate social distancing, in certain settings you will have to wear a mask,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“But at 70 per cent double dose, life will be better than it is today.”

Four more people died from COVID-19, including the state’s first regional death. There have now been 93 deaths during the current outbreak.

Of the four deaths, a man his 50s who had significant underlying health conditions died at Dubbo Hospital, while a man in his 70s who died at Westmead Hospital also had  underlying health conditions.

A man aged in his 70s who died after contracting COVID-19 at Meredith House healthcare facility. A woman in her 60s from Western Sydney who was infected at Cumberland Hospital also died.

Chief health officer Kerry Chant pointed out Guildford, Merrylands, Auburn, Greenacre, Yagoona, Punchbowl, Blacktown and surrounding suburbs as the locations seeing the highest growth in cases.

“We are seeing such a high case rate. I cannot urge you enough to come forward for testing but importantly, be very careful in the way you move about in your community.”

Dr Chant said she was seeing a ‘spill over’ into nearby suburbs from workers travelling to and from their workplace. She asked workers in Ryde, Meadowbank, and inner west suburbs such as Marrickville to ensure they are strictly following all COVID safety measures.

Ms Berejiklian said she expected October to be the “worst month” for NSW.

“We anticipate that the worst month, the worst time for our intensive care unit will be in October,” she said.

“October is likely to be out worse month in terms of pressure on the system and that is why we have been gearing up for that and we have been nearly two years. Our hospital system is under pressure. Will we need to do things differently? Of course, we will.”

A man and woman scan the QR code while a soldier looks on
NSW has seen high vaccination rates at hubs such as the one at Olympic Sydney Park.(ABC News: Tim Swanston)

There are currently 840 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 137 people in intensive care, 48 of whom require ventilation.

Ms Berejiklian said she was focused on reducing the stress on the hospital system.

“We have to remember this important point as well, we do not know how long COVID will be with us and we have to demonstrate our pathway out of living with the virus and that starts when we have 70 per cent double dose vaccination and obviously there are further positives when we get to 80 per cent double vaccination, and these are important targets.”

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro provided a snapshot of the situation in the regions.

In the far west, there were nine cases: seven in Wilcannia and two in Broken Hill. 

Western NSW had 51 new cases: 33 in Dubbo, four in Burke, five in Bathurst, one in Narromine, one in Blayney, one in Brewarrina. two in Forbes, two in Orange, and two in Parkes.

“We also have concerns around unlinked cases,” Mr Barilaro said. “So for the communities of Burke, Brewarrina and Enngonia, any symptoms, please come out and get tested.”

In the Hunter New England area, there were three new cases overnight: two in the Lake Macquarie local government area (LGA) and one in the Cessnock LGA.

There were five new cases in the Wollongong and Shellharbour area and six new overnight on the Central Coast.

There was also a positive detection in sewage in Trangie in western NSW and in Byron Bay.

There were 157, 221 COVID-19 tests reported to 8:00pm last night.

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Latest News: Police urge public to follow self-isolation requirements to prevent the spread of #COVID19 in NSW

Sunday, 29 August 2021 12:43:39 PM

The NSW Police Force is urging compliance with self-isolation requirements to prevent COVID-19 from continuing to spread through communities after recent breaches were detected.

Since Operation STAY AT HOME commenced earlier this month, police across the state have been conducting high-visibility operations to support the community, conducting 40,877 welfare engagements (compliance checks), checking on more than 76,000 people.

Police continue to enforce the Public Health Orders with officers issuing more than 12,600 Penalty Infringement Notices. This includes 327 PINs issued since Monday 23 August 2021 for not complying with curfew requirements in areas of concern.

Incidents of note include:

  • Officers from Parramatta Police Transport Command were patrolling a train travelling from Seven Hills to Parramatta just before 4pm on Tuesday (24 August 2021), when they spoke to a passenger not wearing a correctly fitted face mask. The 31-year-old man was arrested after checks revealed an outstanding warrant for breaches of the Public Health Order. He was taken to Parramatta Police Station where the outstanding warrant for three counts of fail to comply with self-isolation direction was also executed. Inquiries confirmed the Bankstown man was COVID positive. He appeared at Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday 25 August where he was formally refused bail to appear at Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday 6 October 2021.
  • Officers from Kuring-Gai Police Area Command located a stationary Toyota Camry in an industrial area on Salisbury Road, Asquith about 6.30pm on Thursday (26 August 2021). Police spoke to the occupants, a 39-year-old woman from Tregear and a 43-year-old man and during a subsequent search of the vehicle located drug paraphernalia. Both occupants were in breach of the Public Health Order and issued PINS for fail to comply with requirement of Public Health Order – COVID-19. Subsequent inquiries also revealed the woman had returned a COVID positive result and has been directed to self-isolate.
  • About 6.30pm on Thursday (26 August 2021), a 35-year-old man left his vehicle unattended outside his Doonside home when his wallet was stolen. The man’s credit cards were fraudulently used at several nearby stores and police were notified. Officer from Blacktown Police Area Command attended and arrested a 17-year-old male after a short struggle. The teen admitted to being COVID positive and was taken to Westmead Hospital where he remains receiving treatment. Inquiries continue.
  • About 2.30pm on Friday (27 August 2021), officers from Parramatta Police Area Command received information regarding a 27-year-old man, not self-isolating as required. Police spoke to the Parramatta man who admitted he was COVID positive and had continued to be active in the community. He was issued a PIN for fail to comply with requirement of Public Health Order – COVID-19 and directed to self-isolate as required. NSW Heath have been notified.

Police launched operation STAY AT HOME on Monday 16 August 2021 in order to boost public health order enforcements efforts across the state.

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

#AceHealthDesk report …….Published: Aug.31: 2021:

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