NSW hits another daily COVID-19 high with 1290 local cases, four deaths

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NSW has reported 1290 new local cases on Monday, the highest number ever recorded in a state in one day, and four deaths.

Health authorities predict October will be the worst month for intensive care hospitalisations and pressure on the health system.

“Our hospital system is under pressure. Will we need to do things differently? Of course, we will. We will need to manage things differently because we are in the middle of a pandemic, but we will cope,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday.Credit:Kate Geraghty

The Premier thanked her state for continuing to come forward for vaccination.

“NSW has done 6.8 million jabs which is an outstanding result: nearly two-thirds of our adult population had one dose and 36 per cent have had two doses,” she said.

A total of 60 new COVID-19 cases have been identified in NSW’s west in the 24 hours to 8pm Sunday, as the region records its first death in the outbreak.

There were 51 new cases recorded in Western NSW Local Health District and nine in the Far West Local Health District.

Seven of the new cases were in Wilcannia and two were in Broken Hill.

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro urged regional communities to be alert to the ongoing outbreaks and please come forward for testing.

He thanked the community of Moree for coming forward to a walk-in vaccination hub over the weekend, saying data showed 82 per cent of people in the area had now received first doses.

“We will have more walk-in clinics where you did not need a booking in Goulburn, Batemans Bay, and Cooma,” Mr Barilaro said.

Meanwhile, Parklea Correctional Centre remained in lockdown over the weekend after 12 inmates tested positive to COVID-19. On Sunday afternoon, Bathurst MP Paul Toole said six staff at Bathurst Correctional Centre had also returned positive tests.

Four residents at Uniting Edinglassie Lodge residential aged care home in Penrith tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.

In a statement, Uniting NSW/ACT said an asymptomatic contract cleaner first tested positive on August 25 as part of routine 72-hour testing.

More than 90 per cent of residents and employees at the home have received a COVID-19 vaccination and the majority are double vaccinated. Individual vaccination details are not being provided for privacy reasons.

The four residents have been transferred to hospital in consultation with the public health unit and “in line with family wishes”, the operator said.

Speaking to radio station 2GB on Monday morning, NSW Small Business Minister Damien Tudehope flagged a range of measures could be implemented to support small businesses once the state reopens at 70 and then 80 per cent vaccination rates.

“We’ve got to work on things, like Dine and Discover [vouchers] and alfresco dining, all of those sorts of things to give stimulus to small business,” he said.

There were 73 new cases reported in Victoria on Monday, including 21 without a known source.

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