NSW recorded 1,022 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday.
There were 10 COVID-19 fatalities in the reporting period.
A snap seven-day lockdown has been announced for the Tweed, Byron Bay and Kempsey local government areas (LGAs) beginning from 5:00pm this afternoon.
The announcement comes after an authorised worker from Sydney spent spent several days in the area and later tested positive.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard encouraged everybody in those areas “to take this very seriously”.
The government has also announced a young people’s “friends bubble” will be begin today.
Under the rules, a group of three friends under the age of 18 will be able to visit each other at home.
“Young people themselves, families generally have been obviously finding it challenging that young people have not been able to have their friends over,” Mr Hazzard said.
“And we know that mental health is a huge issue in these ongoing and certainly dragging-on pandemic.”
The announcement comes on the second day of the school holidays.
The “friends bubble” will only be permitted in households where all adults are double-vaccinated.
“That’s a critical issue,” the Health Minister said.
There were 10 COVID-related deaths announced, eight men and two women.
One person was in their 50s, one person was in their 60s, two people were in their 70s, five people were in their 80s and one person was in their 90s.
Seven of the 10 were from south-west and Western Sydney.
The latest vaccination data shows that 82.5 per cent of eligible adults in NSW have received one dose and 53 per cent are fully vaccinated.
The NSW Advocate for Children and Young People, Zoe Robinson, spoke about the impact of the lockdown on young people.
” I want to acknowledge the 2.5 million children and young people in New South Wales who are uniquely experiencing this pandemic.” She said the “friends bubble” was a direct result of feedback from young people.
“They want to see their friends,” she said.
“This gives them an opportunity to connect, to care for each other, to see each other in ways they’ve been unable to do.”
Year 9 student Alyssa Horan spoke about the isolation students had felt during home schooling.
“Children and young people at the moment want to do the right thing but we also want to stay connected,” she said.
“Being able to socialise whilst also abide by the new rules through the friendship travel bubble will definitely help us all greatly at the moment.”
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