Lockdown restrictions eased in Sydney as 1083 new Covid-19 cases recorded in NSW
Top NSW doctor Dr Jeremy McAnulty has hinted the state may have passed the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak as Sydneysiders will enjoy more freedoms from Monday.
The state recorded 1083 new local cases on Sunday, along with 13 deaths of people with Covid-19 – nine men and four women.
With vaccination rates going up and cases going down in many areas, the NSW government eased several restrictions.
From Monday several rules will be eased for residents in the 12 local government areas of concern.
- There will be no limit on the duration of outdoor exercise and recreation;
- Outdoor gatherings of up to five fully vaccinated people will be allowed in a person’s LGA or within 5km of their home;
- Shopping, exercise and outdoor recreation can be done 5km from home or within your LGA;
- Residents can attend a small wedding (maximum 11 people) in greater Sydney as a guest;
- A person’s single bubble buddy can live in greater Sydney (previously must have resided within 5km of a person’s home).
Those council areas where restrictions are easing are Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, and some suburbs of Penrith.
Meanwhile, from Monday September 27, all outdoor pools across NSW will be allowed to open if councils have a Covid safety plan approved by NSW Health.
Of the 13 deaths, one person was in their 40s, two people were in their 50s, two people were in their 60s, five people were in their 70s, and three people were in their 80s.
Five people were from western Sydney, two people were from south western Sydney, two people were from northern Sydney, two people were from Sydney’s inner city, one person was from southern Sydney and one person was from Dubbo.
Of the 13 people who died with COVID-19, nine were not vaccinated, two people had received one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and two people – a man in his 80s and a woman in her 70s, both with underlying health conditions – had received two doses.
Two people died at home. A man in his 60s from northern Sydney who died at home was being cared for in the community.
He had received one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions.
However, with daily cases hovering around 1500 during the past week, with a drop in Sunday’s overnight numbers, NSW Ministry of Health’s Dr McAnulty said the numbers were pleasing.
“It is very encouraging, the numbers today are fewer than the case numbers we had yesterday,” he said.
“We don’t want to jump the gun (and) we would like to see several days before we can call it a ‘trend’ but certainly cases overall have … stabilised and appear to be dropping in some areas.”
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian agreed but said it was too early to confirm and warned the worst was yet to come in intensive care hospital wards.
“We don‘t know yet whether we have passed those peaks but the signs are encouraging,” she said.
“We are anticipating our worst weeks in ICU and hospitals be in October … we are bracing for that and know that our health system is bracing for that and staff are ready for that.”
The state has also reached 81.9 per cent of the eligible population having at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, with 51.9 per cent are fully vaccinated.
From Monday, all LGAs of concern will have the same restrictions across Sydney, except for a list of authorised workers, and from September 27 all public pools will open.
Originally published as Lockdown restrictions eased in Sydney as 1083 new Covid-19 cases recorded in NSW
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