COVID-19

NSW records 195 new virus cases

About 91 per cent of people over the age of 16 were fully vaccinated.There were 224 people in hospital with the virus and 32 people in the intensive care unit. One person died in the last 24 hours.It comes as fully vaccinated international students entering NSW from overseas were told they will not have to quarantine when they return to the state next month.The first chartered plane of returning international students will touch down in Sydney International Airport on December 6.The flight will carry about 250 students from 15 different countries including Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, China and Canada.A second flight transporting international students from South Asia and India is also scheduled.NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the decision to scrap quarantine for fully vaccinated international students was a “significant milestone” for the state.“They don’t just make a significant contribution to our economy but international students play a role in our culture and contribute to our community and lifestyle,” Mr Perrottet said.“I can’t wait to welcome back such an important part of our community.”International students play an important role in the NSW economy, taking up almost 290,000 study spots and more than 95,000 full time jobs before the Covid-19 pandemic.

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