‘Starting to take effect’: Why Covid cases in NSW are dropping
NSW has recorded 1022 new Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths – eight men and two women.
The new cases came from more than 120,000 tests amid signs that the infection rate has stabilised.
While case numbers returned to a four-digit figure on Tuesday after Monday’s 935 infections, the figure was well below what the state had experienced in recent weeks.
“(The numbers are) slightly more than yesterday but still well down on the peak numbers that we had about a week ago,” Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.
“The cases predominantly are still in western Sydney and south-western Sydney but we also have very high vaccination rates in (those areas).
“I want to thank everybody for coming out and getting vaccinated in vast numbers … (that is) obviously starting to make a real difference for us.”
There are 1266 cases in hospital with 244 of those in intensive care – 118 of whom require ventilation.
Of the new cases, 268 were from south western Sydney and 226 were from Sydney’s west, which remain key areas of concern.
Residents in Greenacre, Guildford, Bankstown, Revesby, Merrylands, Fairfield, Liverpool, Condell Park, Auburn and Blacktown were told to remain vigilant.
However the virus continues to escape to the regions.
Mr Hazzard also announced the Byron Bay area would go into lockdown after an infected Sydney resident travelled to the region.
Fragments of the virus were detected in the sewage plans at Ballina and Wardell.
Byron, Tweed and Kempsey Shires will re-enter lockdown for seven days from 5pm today, the minister confirmed.
“I certainly encourage everyone those areas, take it very seriously. So far, those areas have been relatively safe.”
Byron mayor Michael Lyon told NCA NewsWire before the press conference: “It’s inevitable, I can’t see it going any other way.”
The news came as the state government revealed a ‘friends bubble’ for people younger than 18 who can now gather in groups of three, but their parents must be fully vaccinated.
About 53 per cent of eligible NSW residents are fully vaccinated.
Originally published as ‘Starting to take effect’: Why Covid cases in NSW are dropping
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