Two deaths, weddings have resumed and 1,035 new cases: everything you need to know about the coronavirus crisis in NSW
- NSW recorded a staggering 1035 Covid cases overnight, the highest number ever
- Two women aged between 70 and 80 died – the older woman was not vaccinated
- From September 3, weddings in NSW can have at least five guests
NSW has recorded 1,035 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours, according to the latest figures released on Saturday.
Two people between the ages of 70 and 80 also died, and the weddings are officially back across the state.
The younger woman, from the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District in western Sydney, had received both doses of the Covid vaccine and had underlying health problems, while the other had not been vaccinated.
She died at Westmead Hospital.
NSW registered 1,035 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Saturday – despite high vaccination rates (pictured, a woman wearing a face mask in Sydney)
From September 3, wedding numbers at locations in NSW will increase (stock image)
There have been 83 Covid-19 related deaths in NSW since June 16 last year. There have been a total of 139 since the start of the pandemic.
The worrying rise in cases in NSW came after 156,165 people signed up to be vaccinated Friday – the highest number of daily vaccinations ever.
778 patients with Covid are now being treated in hospital, of which 125 are in intensive care and 52 require ventilators.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard did give some good news – given the large number of people being vaccinated, Covid restrictions on weddings in NSW will be eased on Friday, September 3 at 12:01 am.
He added that five guests will be allowed to attend weddings, but other logistics are still under investigation.
Hazzard also said the pair would not count “those on duty and perhaps a photographer” as the five assigned guests.