NSW will emerge from COVID torpor as fully vaccinated people embrace new freedoms that are likely to see daily cases increase in the weeks to come.
Treasurer Matt Kean on Thursday unveiled a $ 2.8 billion plan to help the state’s economy recover from a “once-in-a-lifetime economic disaster.”
Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said it was “the largest economic stimulus package in the country” promising “that there is something in this economic stimulus package for everyone.”
The stimulus package was revealed as the state recorded 372 new local cases of COVID and one death within 24 hours to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
It was a jump of 89 cases from the previous day, after three days of numbers below 300.
Health officials expect cases to increase from next week – two weeks after initial release and a week after stage two of the lockdown exit roadmap allowed for social interactions much more important.
Authorities hope high vaccination rates will suppress the rapid spread of the virus – or at least limit hospitalizations.
Chief hygienist Kerry Chant warned earlier this week that the expected increase in the number of cases was yet to come and said his goal was to have at least 95% of the state vaccinated.
“There is a lot of uncertainty about what the number of cases will do,” said Dr Chant.
“Next week I’ll be really interested in our numbers.”
NSW Health said a man in his 50s from southeast Sydney died at Sutherland Hospital on Wednesday. He had received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
In the regions, the District of Hunter New England continues to be of concern with 74 new cases.
There were also 51 from the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, which is close to Victoria, where the virus is raging with 2,232 cases recorded in the last day.
There have been 487 COVID-19-related deaths in New South Wales since the outbreak began on June 16 and a total of 543 since the start of the pandemic.
There are 523 COVID patients in the hospital, 124 of them are in intensive care and 64 are ventilated.
About 92.5% of people aged 16 and over have received a dose of the vaccine and 82.3% of adults are fully immunized.
Just over 76 percent of 12-15 year olds have received their first dose and 40.9 percent of them are fully immunized.
NSW Health’s ongoing sewage monitoring program has detected fragments of the COVID virus in sewage samples collected from across the state, including Lightning Ridge, Armidale, Uralla, Inverell and Nyngan, where it did not. there are no known cases.
Everyone in these areas is advised to watch for symptoms and, if they appear, to be immediately tested and isolated until a negative result is received.
Associated Australian Press