Covid cases drop to 244 in NSW and 1,173 in Victoria as Sydney prepares to slash more restrictions
New South Wales has edged even closer to the milestone 90 per cent vaccination target while recording just 244 new cases a day before restrictions are eased further.
As of Sunday, 89.7 per cent of the population aged 16 and over have received both Covid jabs.
The 95 per cent single dose target is also within reach with 93.9 per cent having had at least one jab.
The state recorded 244 locally acquired cases and one death on Saturday, amid fears infections will spike again in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile in Victoria, 1,173 new cases were recorded and nine people tragically died overnight.
Covid restrictions in NSW will be eased on November 8 (pictured hospitality worker in NSW Southern Highlands)
A further 13,913 vaccines were administered on Saturday, propping up the state’s double dosed rate to 83 per cent of people older than 12.
At least 568 people remain in hospital, 96 of whom are in the intensive care unit and 63 require ventilation.
Last week, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet warned residents to expect daily cases and hospital admissions to increase.
He said low numbers will not be sustainable as the state opens up, with extensive new freedoms to kick in tomorrow.
‘The reality is case numbers will increase, hospitalisations will increase – we need to learn to live alongside this pandemic,’ Mr Perrottet said.
As of Sunday, 89.7 per cent of the population aged 16 and over have received both Covid jabs in NSW
Many restrictions that were due to ease in December will now lift on Monday for the fully vaccinated – while unvaccinated people will have to wait until December 15, or until the state achieves its 95 per cent double-dose vaccination target.
The double jabbed will be able to have as many visitors as they want while density and capacity limits at hospitality venues will be lifted, with dancing at nightclubs permitted.
NSW has so far defied predictions that Covid cases and hospitalisations would soar as restrictions ease, but Mr Perrottet declined to reveal what the latest modelling says.
He maintained the state’s post-lockdown opening up would go ahead, on the back of what he called ‘world leading’ vaccination rates.
NEW SOUTH WALES CHANGES FROM NOVEMBER 8
Gatherings in the home and outdoor public spaces
No limit on the number of visitors to a home
Density will shift to one person per 2 sqm for indoor and outdoor settings
No limit on the number of people who can attend informal outdoor gatherings
CovidSafe plan required for outdoor events with more than 1,000 people
Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms
Retail stores can operate at one person per 2 sqm
Personal services such as hairdressers, spa, nail, beauty, waxing, tattoo and massage can operate with one person per 2 sqm
Hospitality venues can operate with one person per 2 sqm inside and outside, with no seating required for eating and drinking
Gyms and indoor recreation facilities, including indoor pools, can operate with one person per 2 sqm (uncapped). Gym and dance classes capped at 20
Intimate services can open with one person per 4 sqm
Major outdoor recreation facilities
Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can operate with one person per 2 sqm
Entertainment, information and education facilities
Entertainment facilities (including cinemas, theatres, music halls) can operate with one person per 2 sqm
Information and education facilities (including libraries, museums and galleries) can operate with one person per 2 sqm
Amusement centres and nightclubs can open with one person per 4 sqm
Working from home
Working from home will be at employer’s discretion
Weddings, funerals and places of worship
One person per 2 sqm for weddings with dancing permitted and eating and drinking allowed while standing
One person per 2 sqm for funerals
Churches and places of worship can operate with one person per 2 sqm, with singing permitted
The rules around mask wearing will remain as it is now up until the 95 per cent vaccination target is met
Masks are mandatory indoors other than places of residence as well as on public transport and planes
For further information about the Reopening NSW roadmap, go to www.nsw.gov.au/Covid-19.