COVID-19 local cases grow by 1035 in NSW, five deaths recorded

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NSW has reported 1035 new local coronavirus cases on Wednesday, as the state reached 83 per cent first-dose coverage.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said an additional 5 per cent of children aged 12 to 15 had come forward for their first dose of a vaccine since Monday: twenty-five per cent of the age group are now partially vaccinated in the state.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian addresses the COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday.Credit:James Brickwood

She said the uptake indicated “how keen families are to make sure everybody is staying safe” when school returns on October 25.

More than 54 per cent of NSW residents aged 16 and over is now fully vaccinated.

There were five deaths recorded since yesterday’s update, including a woman in her 50s who died at home in western Sydney and tested positive after her death.

“That is under the coronial jurisdiction and the cause of death will be determined in due course,” NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said.

The other deaths were an unvaccinated woman in her 50s who died at RPA, a person in their 60s, a person in their 70s and a woman in her 80s from the Wollongong area who was fully vaccinated but had underlying health conditions.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, NSW Health issued a list of a number of venues of concern in the state’s north, after a positive case travelled through the area while infectious, visiting a health spa as well as multiple shops and cafes.

The case, confirmed last night to be a crew member on the television show I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!, was fully vaccinated.

They had recently arrived in the area from Sydney.

Anyone who visited the Salt Bar Beachbar and Bistro at Kingscliff on Saturday from 6.40pm to 8pm is a close contact of a case and should immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days.

People who visited the following locations should get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result:

  • Combi at Byron Bay on Saturday from 9.45am to 10.15am.
  • Assembly Label at Byron Bay on Saturday from 10.40am to 11am.
  • Orgasmic Food Byron Bay on Saturday from 12.30pm to 1pm.
  • Casuarina Health and Lifestyle Pharmacy on Saturday from 2.15pm to 2.30pm.
  • The reception area of Peppers Salt Resort and Spa at Kingscliff on Saturday from 2.30pm to 2.50pm.
  • Saltbean Cafe at Kingscliff on Sunday from 7.40am to 8am or 10.15am to 10.45am, or on Monday from 7.40am to 8am.Loading

On Tuesday evening, North Coast Liberal MP Catherine Cusack said the Health Minister should not allow exemptions for workers to travel to areas with low vaccination rates.

Victoria recorded 628 new local coronavirus cases on Wednesday, as Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews condemned protesters in Melbourne.

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