NSW records 813 new COVID cases, 10 deaths as NRL fans urged to follow COVID-19 safety rules

NSW has recorded 815 cases of COVID-19 and 10 deaths in the 24 hours to 8pm Friday.

More than 98,000 tests were taken in the reporting period.

There are 1005 people in hospital with the virus, including 202 people in intensive care and 99 of whom require ventilation.

Of those who died with the virus, one person was in their 50s, three people were in their 60s, two people were in their 70s, three people were in their 80s, and one person was in their 90s.

NSW Health's Dr Jeremy McAnulty.

NSW Health's Dr Jeremy McAnulty.

Five people were from south-west Sydney, two people were from western Sydney, one person was from Sydney's inner city, one person was from the Illawarra, and one person was from Lake Macquarie.

Four were not vaccinated, five had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and one person had received both doses.

More than 23,000 vaccines were administered in the reporting period with 65.2 of the state's population aged 16 and over now vaccinated.

About 87.7 per cent has received their first dose.

Of the 813 locally acquired cases:

  • 196 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD)
  • 155 are from Western Sydney LHD
  • 73 are from Sydney LHD
  • 72 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD
  • 71 are from South East Sydney LHD
  • 65 are from Hunter New England LHD
  • 42 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD
  • 30 are from Central Coast LHD
  • 29 are from Northern Sydney LHD
  • 27 are from Southern NSW LHD
  • 19 are from Western NSW LHD,
  • Eight are from Northern NSW LHD
  • Six are from Far West LHD
  • Three are from Murrumbidgee LHD
  • Three are from Mid North Coast LHD
  • Six are in correctional settings
  • Eight are yet to be assigned to an LHD.

Virus fragments have also been detected in sewage samples from Dareton in the far west, Dungog in the Hunter, Karuah on the MidCoast, South Grafton in northern NSW, and Bermagui on the south coast.

With South Sydney set to play Penrith in Sunday's NRL Grand Final, Dr Jeremy McAnulty urged fans to follow NSW's COVID-19 rules.

"Although I hope everyone enjoys the game, I want to remind people to continue to follow the safety rules to keep yourself and your loved ones and your community safe," he said at Saturday's briefing.

"Social gatherings are not permitted in homes because you run the risk of spreading the virus, and the number of fully vaccinated adults who can gather outdoors remains limited to five."

There were only two locally acquired cases in Queensland, firming the prospects of the NRL grand final proceeding as planned in Brisbane on Sunday night.

Watch the video below as the Hunter's top public health official Dr David Durrheim advises NRL fans how to watch the NRL grand final this weekend with friends while staying COVID safe.


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