New South Wales has recorded 390 new Covid-19 cases with two new deaths.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced one of the casualties was an unvaccinated woman in her 40s who died at her home in south-west Sydney.
The other was a vaccinated man in his late 90s who died at RFBI Hawkins Masonic Retirement Village in Edgeworth.
Of the new cases, at least 60 were infectious while in the community.
Ms Berejiklian warned despite the record number of cases reported on Friday she expected cases to rise.
‘Unfortunately this trend will continue for at least the next few days,’ she said. ‘It means all of us have to work harder to make sure we start and follow the rules.’
The new figures come as Sydney looks set to further tighten lockdown rules with Covid-19 cases hovering near record highs despite a nearly seven-week lockdown.
NSW Police have requested an extra 500 military personnel to help police enforce home-quarantine orders.
Authorities on Thursday said extra unarmed defence personnel may be called in to patrol the city’s worst-affected suburbs as movement restrictions were tightened for residents in three more local council areas – Strathfield, Burwood and Bayside.
Resident steps out to enjoy the sunshine in Centennial Park, in Sydney, on Friday
The new figures come as hopes are raised that life could return to normal for almost one million Sydneysiders from as early as September
Sydneysiders queue outside the NSW Vaccine Centre at Homebush amid a statewide push to boost vaccination rates
Health authorities have also raised concerns about the spread of the virus after confirming that 18 cases were linked to special needs school Giant Steps in Gladesville, on Sydney’s lower north shore.
Three staff, seven students and eight family members are among the positive cases.
Despite the possibility of tougher restrictions Sydneysiders are still holding out hope that lockdown could be eased in low-transmission suburbs as early as September.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said she is willing to ease lockdown restrictions in low-risk suburbs once six million jabs have been administered across the state.
She predicts the state will reach that figure by the end of the month – unlocking new freedoms for residents outside of the Delta outbreak’s epicentre in the west and south-west.
Those liberties are likely to include the re-opening of schools, workplaces and businesses such as hairdressers if both staff and customers are vaccinated.
Roughly 940,000 residents living in council areas in Wollongong and Shellharbour and in the city’s eastern and northern suburbs will be the first to enjoy an easing of lockdown rules, new modelling by The Australian Financial Review has indicated.
Those areas include North Sydney, Mosman, Lane Cove, Hunters Hill, Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai on the north shore and Hawkesbury on Sydney’s outer northern fringe.
Residents in Woollahra – where Sydney’s outbreak of cases began on June 16 – could also be in line to return to schools and workplaces from the start of next month.
Health authorities have also raised concerns about the spread of the virus after confirming that 18 cases were linked to special needs school Giant Steps in Gladesville (pictured)
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said she is willing to ease lockdown restrictions in low-risk suburbs once six million jabs have been administered across the state
Ms Berejiklian predicts the state will reach that figure by the end of the month – unlocking new freedoms for residents outside of the Delta outbreak’s epicentre in the west and south-west
THE GREATER SYDNEY LGAS WHERE RESTRICTIONS COULD BE EASED BY SEPTEMBER
Those LGAs are all in regions where more than 46 per cent of the population has received at least one jab.
Those areas also fulfill Ms Berejiklian’s requirement for low transmission rates as they each reported no more than five Covid-19 cases in the week leading up to August 10.
The Blue Mountains and Wollondilly LGAs on the outer-west and south-western fringe may lose out on the new freedoms due to their low vaccination rates.
Fewer than 46 per cent of residents in both of those areas have received at least one dose.
Sydney, Wollongong, the Central Coast and the Blue Mountains have been in lockdown since June 26 and that is set to extend well beyond August 28, with 345 new daily cases recorded on Thursday, the highest since the pandemic, second only to Tuesday’s 356 tally.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said Australians will face harsh restrictions until at least the end of October when 70 per cent of the population are likely to be fully vaccinated.
He and Ms Berejiklian have cited this threshold as the point where freedom would be a default setting instead of automatic, city-wide business, school and sports shutdowns.
A resident receives a dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in Melbourne. Australians will face snap lockdowns and harsh restrictions until at least the end of October when 70 per cent of the population are likely to be fully vaccinated
Most Australians face snap lockdowns or harsh restrictions until at least the end of October when 70 per cent people are likely to be fully vaccinated with two doses
On the current trajectories, based on existing supplies of AstraZeneca and Pfizer, most states won’t see 70 per cent of the working age and adult population fully vaccinated until the middle of November – or a fortnight after the Melbourne Cup.
But NSW is set to get there a few weeks earlier in late October as a Delta outbreak in Sydney, Newcastle, Dubbo and Byron Bay creates a sense of urgency.
When each state is set to reach 70% goal
Tasmania: October 26 (11 weeks)
New South Wales: October 30 (11 weeks and four days)
Northern Territory: November 10 (13 weeks and one day)
Victoria: November 16 (14 weeks)
Australian Capital Territory: November 16 (14 weeks)
South Australia: November 21 (14 weeks and five days)
Western Australia: November 22 (14 weeks and six days)
Queensland: November 23 (15 weeks)
Projections are based on the weekly increase in fully vaccinated residents aged 16 and over in each state up to August 10, 2021
In the week to August 10, 257,227 more people in NSW received their second jab of either an AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine, federal Department of Health data showed.
So far, just 24.4 per cent of people in Australia’s biggest state are fully vaccinated and close to three million people still need to get a second Covid vaccine shot for 70 per cent of the population, aged 16 and over, to be properly protected.
If the vaccination rate of the past week stayed constant, NSW would reach that goal on October 30, just before Halloween, in 11 weeks and four days.
With 2.5million Victorians still needing to receive their booster shot, the garden state at the current rate would not reach the 70 per cent goal until November 16, in 14 weeks.
Queensland, which has had Delta outbreaks in Brisbane and Cairns, during the past week saw 130,279 more individuals become fully vaccinated, taking the double-dose rate to 22.5 per cent.
With 1.9million people in the sunshine state still to get their second dose, 70 per cent of Queenslanders would not be adequately protected until November 23 in 15 weeks.
South Australia saw 45,449 people become fully vaccinated during the past week, but 671,395 still need to receive their second dose.
At the rate, the state home to Adelaide won’t reach the 70 per cent goal until November 21 in 14 weeks and five days.
Western Australia has the nation’s lowest rate of full vaccination with just 20.7 per cent of people aged 16 and over having received two doses.
During the past week, 69,941 people in the Swan state received their second jab.
Sydney, Wollongong, the Central Coast and the Blue Mountains have been in lockdown since June 26 and that is set to extend well beyond August 28, with 345 new daily cases recorded on Thursday, the second highest since the pandemic only to Tuesday’s 356 tally
With more than a million people in WA still to be fully vaccinated, the 70 per cent goal would not be reached until November 22, in 14 weeks and six days.
Tasmania, with Australia’s oldest population, also has the highest double vaccination rate of 29.4 per cent.
With 178,851 people still to receive their second dose, the island state is set to reach the 70 per cent full vaccination goal by October 26, the first in Australia, at the current weekly trajectory of 16,151.
The Australian Capital Territory has the third highest double-vaccination rate of 27.5 per cent.
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