Two women in their 20s die as NSW records 1284 new Covid cases

Erin LyonsNCA NewsWire
Gladys announced 12 people had died while fighting Covid-19. NCA NewsWire / Nikki Short
Camera IconGladys announced 12 people had died while fighting Covid-19. NCA NewsWire / Nikki Short Credit: News Corp Australia

Another 1284 Covid cases and 12 deaths have been recorded in NSW, with two women in their 20s among those who lost their lives while battling the virus.

“Every day the statistics are given out in detail but behind every death is a family, a group of people who are mourning and our thoughts go to them,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said of the deaths.

The 12 people who died included six men and six women.

NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer Marianne Gale said the first woman in her 20s was from western Sydney and died at Nepean Hospital. She had received one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions.

The other woman in her 20s died at Gosford Hospital. She was not vaccinated and was a resident of the Life Without Barriers group home in Wyong, where she acquired her infection.

According to figures released by the department of health on Thursday, 63.2 per cent of NDIS participants living in shared accomodation were fully vaccinated but only 68.9 per cent of NDIS screened workers have had their first dose, with 51.5 per cent fully vaccinated.

There are now 1245 Covid-19 cases in hospital, with 228 of those people in intensive care – 112 of whom require ventilation.

Majority of the cases remain in Sydney’s west with 429 infections and Sydney’s southwest with 322 cases.

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Camera IconGladys announced 12 people had died while fighting Covid-19. NCA NewsWire / Nikki Short Credit: News Corp Australia

Another 141 were from the city’s southeast, 129 were from the inner city and six were from the Blue Mountains.

The rest are from northern Sydney or regional parts of the state.

Dr Gale said the main suburbs of concern included Greenacre, Guildford, Auburn, Bankstown, Merrylands, Blacktown and Liverpool.

Residents in Inverell, the Hunter/Karuah area, Coffs harbour, Young, Cowra, Murrumbidgee and Narooma have also been put on alert after fragments of Covid-19 were detected in the sewage treatment plants in the area.

Dr Gale said authorities identified a positive cae living in Young.

“That person’s household contacts have also tested positive,” she said.

“There are a number of exposure sites in Young and as we speak and NSW Health is providing advice to government around recommendations for the people of Young.

“I’d like to urge anyone living in young to please monitor for symptoms.”

The Premier also revealed that hotel quarantine would be wound back in NSW.

More than 100 people, including Qantas employees, will be able to quarantine from home for seven days in a new trial.

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Camera IconNSW is close to having half of the eligible population fully vaccinated. NCA NewsWire / Jeremy Piper Credit: News Corp Australia

But they must be fully vaccinated.

The state is creeping closer to freedom day on October 18 when at least 70 per cent of the eligible population would have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Close to half of the eligible population are fully vaccinated and the state is tipped to reach that target today.

Ms Berejiklian said 49.6 per cent of people were fully vaccinated.

“We’re confident we’ll hit that 50 per cent mark during the day if we haven’t already hit it,” she said.

While case numbers appear to be stabilising, the Premier noted it was too early to tell whether the state had seen the worst of this outbreak.

“It is best for us to make sure we stay the course for a little bit longer until we know for sure (it’s okay to remove restrictions),” she said.

Originally published as Two women in their 20s die as NSW records 1284 new Covid cases

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