Another 863 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases in NSW
NSW has recorded 863 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard revealed the new figures while also disclosing the deaths of seven people who died with Covid.
There are 1155 people in hospital with Covid-19, with 213 of those in intensive care – 113 of whom are on ventilators.
The state has also reached 85.7 per cent of the eligible population having at least one dose of the vaccine while 60.75 per cent of people are fully vaccinated.
Mr Hazzard urged NSW residents to continue getting the jab while he blasted those who were eligible but were choosing not to receive a vaccine.
“You need to go and get vaccinated as quickly as possible. You’re kidding yourself if you think you don’t need to get vaccinated because it may well be you that gets the virus and dies, or ends up in a hospital ICU,” he said.
“It may be you that passes on the virus to your family or your friends and sees the responsibility then fall upon your shoulders for the death of one of your close friends or family. You need to get vaccinated.”
Of the new cases, 241 were from southwest Sydney, 161 were from western Sydney, 98 were from southeast Sydney, 80 were from Sydney, 62 were from Illawarra/Shoalhaven, 53 were from Nepean/Blue Mountains and 31 were from Northern Sydney.
Mr Hazzard refused to reveal how NSW Health would roll out at-home testing for Covid-19 after the federal government’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced the tests would be available from November 1.
Earlier on Tuesday, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said he was “delighted” to confirm the nation’s medical regulator had approved rapid antigen tests for home use starting on November 1.
The move will bring Australia in line with other parts of the world, such as the US and UK, which have had rapid antigen testing for months.
It allows people to take a Covid-19 test from the comfort of home before getting the result in 20 minutes.
But Mr Hazzard said the NSW government would wait for more health advice.
“Now it would appear we are going to have a more free approach to rapid antigen testing, the government and crisis cabinet will be able to make decisions on that after we get appropriate medical advice,” he said.
Originally published as Another 863 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases in NSW
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