New South Wales records 935 new local COVID-19 cases, four deaths

© Getty More than 124,000 people came forward for testing in the last 24 hours.

New South Wales has recorded 935 new local COVID-19 cases and four further deaths in the last day.

The results come from more than 124,000 tests, as the state hits 82 per cent first-dose vaccinations.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the today’s cases were an “outstanding result”, but warned against reading too much into the numbers falling bellow 1000.

She said hospitalisations and deaths would likely worsen into October.

But she lauded the state’s vaccination efforts.

“We’ve hit 82.2 per cent of first doses which is outstanding and 52.7 per cent of second doses and of course once we get to that 70 per cent double dose number we will be able to enjoy all those things we have missed for far too long,” she said.

“Pleasingly for 12-15-year-olds, we know that now 20 per cent of 12-15-year-olds have had their first dose of the vaccine.

“Given that was only made available about a week ago that is an outstanding result and we are urging all parents to consider vaccinating their 12-15-year-olds.”

The deaths recorded today include two men, aged in their 60s, from Sydney’s south-west who died at Liverpool Hospital.

A man in his 80s, from Sydney’s west, died at Nepean Hospital, and a Wollongong woman, also in her 80s, died at Wollongong Hospital.

Cowra plunged into lockdown

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant has said the NSW regional town of Cowra would be going into lockdown from 5pm today.

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“Anyone who was in Cowra from September 13, regardless of where they are, must adhere to the stay-at-home requirements,” she said.

“There was a nine-year-old boy who attended school in Cowra and there were a number of associated community exposures.

“The source at the moment is under investigation.”

Tough restrictions lift in LGAs of concern

Meanwhile, more than a million residents in Sydney’s coronavirus hotspots have woken to their first morning under the same rules as the rest of the city.

Tough restrictions had been enforced on 12 local government areas in Sydney’s west and south-west for months due to high numbers of COVID-19 infections.

But from this morning, the areas are now subject to the same rules as Greater Sydney due to rising vaccination rates in suburbs which had been dubbed “hot zones”.

Vaccination rates across New South Wales have now reached 81 per cent single doses. Around 52 per cent have received both doses.

Case numbers today are down on yesterday’s when 1083 new infections were recorded yesterday but 13 people lost their lives.

Among the new freedoms for residents in the former areas of concerns include being able to meet outdoors with up to five people, not including children aged 12 and under, within a LGA or five kilometres of home.

Previously only fully vaccinated household members could gather outdoors, or up to two fully vaccinated people from different households.

© Getty A woman exercising in Parramatta Park, where restrictions have eased slightly due to rising vaccine rates.

There is now no limit on the duration of outdoor exercise and recreation – previously it had been limited to just two hours.

Shopping, exercise and outdoor recreation can be done five kilometres from home or within your LGA, which had previously been only five kilometres from home.

Residents can now attend a wedding in Greater Sydney as a guest and a person’s single’s bubble buddy can live in Greater Sydney. Under the earlier restrictions they had to live within five kilometres of their home.

© AP More restrictions are due to ease across Sydney when vaccination rates reach 70 per cent.

And in news that will come as a relief to many as the weather heats up, public pools will reopen from next Monday.

The reopening of public pools will also be a welcome boost to those who use the facilities for exercise, particularly those with mobility issues.

Further restrictions are due to ease across NSW in the coming weeks when 70 per cent of the population have received both doses of the vaccine.

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