NSW records 1218 cases of COVID-19 & six deaths

NSW records 1218 cases of COVID-19  &  six deaths

NSW has recorded 1,218 locally transmitted cases of Covid, Australia’s highest ever daily tally, during the latest reporting period. There were also six deaths in the reporting period.

A record number of vaccinations were also administered in NSW on Friday, with 156,165 people receiving the jab - more than 61,000 of those at vaccination hubs and the rest from GPs and pharmacies.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said there were almost one million vaccinations issued this week.

 “In the week ending Saturday,New South Wales had 834,000 people come forward and get a jab. It is an outstanding result. It has broken all our records,” she said.

Sixty-five per cent of the state’s population have now had a first dose of the vaccine, and 35 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated.

“So we are halfway to that magic 70 per cent number across the state in order to have those extra freedoms,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Premier also knocked back suggestions she was not alarmed by the increasing Covid case numbers.

"As we have seen out of everyone in intensive care, only one person is fully vaccinated. That is important to have in mind. The case numbers are always concerning when they are going up. We would love to see them come down but that is not the most relevant number for us,” she said.

“The most relevant number is how many people are vaccinated and how many are we keeping out of hospital and intensive care and that is important for us moving forward.

“We have to come to terms with living with this virus and the best way we can do that is by protecting ourselves and our love ones by having high vaccination rates.”

There are 813 people in hospital. That includes 126 people in intensive care, of whom 54 require ventilators. Of those in ICU, 113 are not vaccinated, 12 have received one dose and only one has received both doses.