COVID-19

Record 825 cases ‘not the most important statistic’

NSW broke a grim national ­record with 825 new cases ­announced on Saturday, the highest daily number in any state since the pandemic began.Despite the high case numbers, Premier Gladys Berejik­lian said as more people get vaccinated the daily numbers won’t be the most important statistic.It will be vaccination rates.“We accept the Delta is here, we accept getting to zero across the nation, especially once you open up and live ­freely, will be an impossible task,” she said. “Rather than getting fixated and panicking, what we need to do is stay calm because we know what works, getting vaccinated is keeping people out of hospital.”There were three new deaths: a man in his 90s and a man in his 80s who were residents of a dementia wing of Normanhurst’s Greenwood aged care facility, and a woman in her 90s from southwestern Sydney connected to the Liverpool Hospital outbreak.Six dementia patients at Greenwood were infected by an unvaccinated staff member. Four of the patients have ­refused to be vaccinated. NSW Vaccine LocatorThe record-high numbers were announced on the same day that police arrested 47 people and issued more than 260 fines at an anti-lockdown rally in the Sydney CBD.Next week Ms Berejiklian will announce a schools plan and what small restrictions will ease for the fully vaccinated. Daily Telegraph – News Feed latest episodeThe 9pm curfew for LGAs of concern will kick in from Monday, and supermarkets including Coles and Woolworths will now close at 8.30pm in those areas.Numbers in some regions, including the Central Coast and Hunter, are stabilising, but 38 cases in western NSW and 14 in the far west are causing serious concerns. Ms Berejiklian said no one should be “picky” about which vaccine they got, as pharmacists in Bankstown reported that appetite for AstraZeneca is low.Bankstown pharmacist Joe El-Azzi said he had vials of AZ sitting in his fridge because people did not want it. NAT – Stay Informed – Social Media

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