Doctors say Gladys Berejiklian’s replacement should put expert health advice front and center when leaving the state, after NSW registered 813 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths.
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Two people died from the virus at home, one in inner-city Sydney and one in Lake Macquarie
Casino in the north of NSW shut down in no time after a case in the city
Just over 65 percent of NSW residents aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated
NSW Australian Medical Association (AMA) Chair Danielle McMullen said Ms Berejiklian always made sure health advice was considered part of the state’s COVID response, and her successor as Prime Minister should do the same.
“We have a long road ahead of us with the COVID-19 pandemic, with many decisions to be made and we want to ensure that health advice remains key to getting out of this,” said Dr. McMullen.
Ms Berejiklian announced her resignation yesterday after the state corruption watchdog revealed she was under investigation and her successor will be confirmed next week.
Of today’s deaths, one person was in their fifties, three in their sixties, two in their seventies, three in their eighties, and one person in their nineties.
A man in his 60s who died had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and contracted the infection at Mount Druitt Hospital.
He had underlying health problems.
NSW Health said a man in his 60s from inner-city Sydney tested positive for the virus after dying at his home.
A man in his 80s from the Lake Macquarie area died at home while being cared for by the local health district.
Four of the people who died had not been vaccinated, five people had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and one person had received two doses of a vaccine.
There have been 418 COVID-related deaths in NSW since the start of the pandemic.
Statewide, 87.7 percent of people 16 and older have now received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 65.2 percent have been fully vaccinated as of this Thursday.
Samples of the virus have been found in sewage near Dareton in the far west of the state, Dungog in the Hunter, Karuah on the north coast, South Grafton in northern NSW and Bermagui on the south coast.
NSW Health said anyone experiencing symptoms in those areas should be tested and stay home until they get a negative result.
Casino residents in northern NSW now have a home order, introduced at midnight on Saturday and in effect until October 11.
It comes after a positive case was confirmed in the city and four in surrounding areas.
The order also applies to anyone who has been in Casino since September 24.
There are 1,005 people in hospital being treated for the virus, with 202 in intensive care and 99 requiring ventilators, NSW Health said.
There has been a drop in the number of reported tests, from 98,266 to 8 p.m. last night, compared to the previous day’s total of 112,334.