Gladys Berejiklian removes restrictions to allow unrestricted exercise as NSW becomes first state to hit 70 percent first dose – but records 1,288 new cases and seven deaths
- NSW will meet its 70 percent first dose vaccination target on Thursday
New South Wales has registered a further 1,288 Covid cases and the state is on track to meet 70 percent single-dose vaccinations by Thursday.
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian confirmed that seven people were killed during her daily Covid-19 press conference and that 121,000 residents had turned up for testing in the past 24 hours.
Current models suggest NSW will reach that dual vaccination target by October 21, finally giving residents freedoms to visit the pub, restaurants and stadium events.
NSW is the first state in Australia to reach the 70 percent target for the first dose and will likely be the first to reach the target for the second dose.
Positive news for those trapped in Sydney’s worrying LGAs: training is being extended to two hours a day
As we get closer and closer to more freedoms, the Prime Minister suggested that international travel could even be an option on the table by Christmas.
Pharmacist Christine Kelly administers a dose of AstraZeneca vaccine to Megan English at Taronga Zoo on September 1 in Sydney
Those in sectors hard hit by the pandemic are looking forward to the eventual introduction of greater freedoms in the retail, tourism, hotel, hospitality and entertainment industries.
“These companies and our customers need light at the end of the closed tunnel and something to look forward to,” said Margy Osmond, Chief Executive of Tourism and Transport Forum Australia. 9News.
“We want to encourage all of our loyal customers and clients to get the shot, download their certificate and come celebrate with a drink in the pub, a great weekend away, a great meal out, the haircut you’ve been hanging out for, a spot of retail therapy and a night at the cinema or theatre,” added Paul Zahra, CEO of the Australian Retailers Association.
While both NSW and Victoria have given up hope of returning to zero Covid cases during the current outbreaks, Prime Minister Berejiklian is still hopeful about the possibility of opening up the state once these vaccination targets are met.
Health authorities are currently investigating whether these secret liberties would be given to those living in the hotspot LGAs or just those in the greater Sydney region.
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) hopes NSW will be 70 percent fully vaccinated by October 21
“We look at those issues, of course, but wherever you live, life will be much, much better, much freer as long as you’re 70 percent vaccinated,” Ms Berejiklian said in her daily press conference on Wednesday. .
“We’ll give details as soon as possible.”
The decision to wait for these vaccination targets in NSW and Victoria means that more than half of the Australian population will remain in lockdown until these states are 70 percent fully vaccinated.
NSW registered 1,116 new cases and four deaths yesterday, while Victoria hit 176 new cases on Thursday, the highest daily rise in nearly a year.
Tracks 1,116 new cases and four deaths in NSW on Wednesday. None of the deceased have been vaccinated