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NSW records 1,284 new local COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths as it announces home quarantine trial

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Of these 12, seven people were not vaccinated, two had received one dose, and three were fully vaccinated.

Three of those to have lost their lives were residents of aged care facilities in Dubbo.

The state has recorded 222 COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Marianne Gale said there are currently 1,245 cases of COVID-19 Hospital, 228
people in intensive care, and 112 people who are currently requiring ventilation.

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Of the 228 people in ICU, 170 people are not vaccinated, 50 have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and six people in ICU have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr Gale said there has been a positive case recorded in the regional town of Young, who’s household contacts have also tested positive.

“There are a number of exposure sites in Young and as we speak, NSW Health is providing advice to government around recommendations for the people of Young but I’d like to urge anyone living in young to please monitor for symptoms, look at public health advice and come forward for testing.”

For a full list of NSW COVID-19 exposure sites, click here.

The NSW double dose vaccination benchmark has now tipped over 50 per cent, with the 70 per cent double dose target on track to be hit in the middle of October.

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Opening up to returning Australians

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the government was busy working on its plan to open up once the state reaches its 80 per cent double dose vaccination target. Part of this is the ability for Australians to return home and Australians being able to travel overseas, she said.

“One of the things that we expect to occur at 80 per cent … is to consider our international borders. That’s Aussies returning home through Sydney airport but also our citizens having the opportunity to go overseas when previously they weren’t able to.”

A home quarantine trial for double dosed Australians returning home will start at the end of the month, NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayers announced.

The initial trial will involve 175 people who will undergo a seven-day quarantine at home. The trial will build on the evidence of the home quarantine trial currently being conducted in South Australia.

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“Today is an important step on the reopening of New South Wales to the rest of the world,” Mr Ayers told reporters.

“This is a really big step and a light for every Australian who are still overseas because of caps [and] haven’t been able to come home.

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“We want to be able to lift those caps and do that as soon as possible but we want to be able to make sure we do so in a very safe way.”

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