There were 1331 more locally acquired coronavirus cases confirmed on Saturday, and six people with the virus have died in the latest reporting period, NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty said.

The latest figures, capturing the 24 hours up to 8pm Friday, mean that since the start of the pandemic, there have been 50,730 COVID cases in NSW and 284 deaths.

Among the latest fatalities are four women and two men from Sydney’s west and southwest. One was aged in their 40s, another in their 60s, two in their 70s and two in their 80s.

According to NSW Health, three of the six people who died were not vaccinated and three had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

There are 1219 COVID patients in hospital, with 233 in intensive care and 123 on ventilators. Of those in ICU, 173 are unvaccinated, 55 have received one dose, and five were fully inoculated.

The latest case numbers include patients from regional NSW, with 75 in the Illawarra, 17 in western NSW including 10 in Dubbo, six in the far west including four at Broken Hill, and eight in southern NSW.

There are 30 new cases across the Hunter/New England district, including 16 in Lake Macquarie and seven in Newcastle.

Several regional areas will spend this weekend back in lockdown.

On Saturday NSW data showed 50.6 per cent of the eligible population aged more than 16 had been fully vaccinated as of Friday.

Across the state, 81.2 per cent have received a first jab.

In total, there have been almost 3.2 million vaccination doses administered in NSW.

“The more people who get vaccinated, the more protection they’re providing for their family, friends and community,” Dr McAnulty said.

“We are continuing to see most cases acquired in southwest and western Sydney,” Dr McAnulty said.

Of the 1,331 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 400 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD)

  • 326 are from Western Sydney
  • 164 are from South Eastern Sydney
  • 160 are from Sydney
  • 75 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven
  • 47 are from Nepean Blue Mountains
  • 40 are from Northern Sydney
  • 30 are from Hunter New England
  • 29 are from Central Coast
  • 17 are from Western NSW
  • eight are from Southern NSW
  • six are from Far West
  • four are from Murrumbidgee
  • eight are in correctional settings and 17 cases are yet to be assigned.

NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at the Byron Bay and Wardell sewage treatment plants in Northern NSW LHD, the Eden sewage treatment plant in Southern NSW LHD, the Balranald sewage treatment plant in Far West LHD, and the Griffith sewage treatment plant in Murrumbidgee LHD.

Dr Jeremy McAnulty of NSW Health

Dr Jeremy McAnulty of NSW Health

– with AAP

This story NSW records 1,331 new cases, breaks 50,000 COVID case count first appeared on Newcastle Herald.

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