NSW Covid-19: State hits 75 per cent fully vaccinated as 444 new cases and four deaths reported
NSW has fully vaccinated 75 per cent of its adult population against Covid and is just days away from reaching the crucial 80 per cent milestone – as the state reported 444 new cases and four deaths from the virus on Wednesday.
Health officials confirmed the new local cases from 105,508 tests conducted state-wide in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday.
NSW Health said 75.2 per cent of the state’s residents over the age of 16 had now received both vaccine doses – while 90.8 per cent have had at least their first dose.
The state is likely to hit the 80 per cent double-dose target by Sunday – triggering more freedoms for Sydneysiders emerging from lockdown as early as Monday.
Premier Dominic Perrottet has flagged an easing of restrictions next week, saying dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic is ‘one, two and three’ on his to-do list.
‘That is the sole focus of the government,’ Mr Perrottet said.
NSW is likely to hit the 80 per cent full vaccination target just days after the state’s ‘Freedom Day’. Pictured are a group taking a photo at the Sydney Opera House on October 12
‘We need to get through this as well as we can. We’re going to lead the nation out of this pandemic here in NSW, and there’s so many things to do in that space.’
If the state reaches the 80 per cent fully vaccinated milestone stage by the end of the week, it would set the stage for the next phase in the state’s reopening from Monday, October 18.
‘The success of our vaccination rate has been absolutely superb… when we hit 80 per cent, we’ve always said it will be the Monday following,’ Mr Perrottet said.
The government’s Covid-19 and economic recovery committee – formerly known as the crisis cabinet – will discuss tweaking the reopening roadmap on Thursday.
Mr Perrottet could announce changes to regional travel restrictions and other restrictions on Friday.
As things currently stand, the next phase of the roadmap paves the way for outdoor gatherings of up to 50 vaccinated people, 20 guests in a home, dancing at hospitality venues and drinking standing up at the pub.
Travel across NSW would be allowed, as would carpooling, weddings of any size if the venue is large enough, and community sport.
NSW recorded 360 new infections and five deaths on Tuesday. Some 766 Covid patients are in hospital, of whom 155 are in intensive care.
People walk past sale signs in a retail store in Sydney on October 12 after stay-at-home orders were lifted
Late on Tuesday, NSW Health issued an alert for anyone who was on Qantas flight QF509 from Brisbane to Sydney on Saturday to get tested and isolate after a passenger tested positive for coronavirus.
Melbourne‘s world-longest Covid lockdown meanwhile is on track to end four days earlier than planned as Victoria surges towards the 70 per cent vaccination milestone.
The Victorian government projects the state to hit that mark on October 26 – triggering the reopening of pubs, restaurants, and cafes in Melbourne.
Covid Live analyst Anthony Macali though said Victoria could achieve a 70 per cent double dose rate as soon as October 22.
Melbourne ‘s world-longest Covid lockdown meanwhile is on track to end four days earlier than planned as Victoria surges towards the 70 per cent vaccination milestone
‘There’s still room where if the rate continues to increase we might be able to pull in a few more days,’ he said.
Mr Macali said Victoria would likely the hit the 80 per cent double dose milestone three days earlier than the official timeline on November 2.
At that point, face masks will no longer be mandatory in Melbourne outdoors and up to 10 people can gather inside the home.
Revised roadmap to freedom: All the changes for fully vaccinated NSW residents after hitting 70% jab target
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet’s revised freedom plan will kick off on Monday, October 11
Gatherings in the home and public spaces
· Up to ten visitors will be allowed in a home where all adults are vaccinated (not including children 12 and under).
· Up to 30 people can gather in outdoor settings.
Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms
· Hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per 4sqm inside and one person per 2sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.
· Retail stores can reopen under the one person per 4sqm rule (unvaccinated people will continue to only be able to access critical retail).
· Personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per 4sqm, capped at five clients per premises.
· Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.
· Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen.
Stadiums, theatres and major outdoor recreation facilities
· Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can reopen with one person per 4sqm, capped at 5,000 people.