By Friday morning, 87.7% of people age 16 and older had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 65.2% had been fully vaccinated.
As South Sydney prepares to play Penrith in Sunday’s NRL Grand Final, Dr McNulty urged fans to follow the NSW COVID-19 rules.
“While I hope everyone enjoys the game, I want to remind people to continue to follow safety rules to keep you, your loved ones and your community safe,” he said at Saturday’s briefing.
“Social gatherings are not allowed in homes because you are at risk of spreading the virus, and the number of fully vaccinated adults who can gather outdoors remains limited to five people.
Victorian health authorities have attributed a 50 per cent rise in daily case numbers in Thursday to the rallies held for the AFL Grand Final last weekend.
NSW health authorities remain concerned about the spread of the virus in some parts of Sydney, including Penrith.
Dr. McCanulty singled out Sydney’s western suburbs along with Campbelltown, Guilford, Bankstown, Liverpool, Mount Pritchard, Belfield and Marylands as places where residents should particularly watch for symptoms.
“This weekend, although we may want to party and watch football, it’s important that we keep these rules to keep each other safe, and most importantly, please apply for a vaccination.”
Large numbers are still observed in the Illawarra area south of Sydney, where 72 new cases have been reported. 65 new cases were reported in the Hunter-New England region, including 25 in Lake Macquarie and 21 in Newcastle.
Elderly care outbreaks decline
With case numbers declining in NSW, so has the number of aged care facilities experiencing active outbreaks, according to weekly data from the federal government.
There were 27 active elderly care outbreaks in NSW on Friday, down from 40 in the previous week.
Fifteen of the outbreaks involved employees only, but some large active outbreaks continued to grow in the population.
Three more residents of the Hawkesbury Living nursing home in northwest Sydney have tested positive during the week, for a total of 40 resident cases including 13 people who have recovered. Six additional cases were discovered in residents of Beechwood Aged Care in Revesby, where a total of 24 have tested positive.
The outbreak at Hardy Guildford nursing home, which has led to four deaths, remains at 45.
she was there 1,488 new local coronavirus cases were reported in Victoria on SaturdayIt is the largest number of cases reported in the state in a 24-hour period. Two more people from Victoria have died of COVID-19.
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