NSW records 1,331 COVID-19 cases as police prepare to disrupt anti-lockdown protest

© Getty Just over 81 per cent of the eligible NSW population have received one vaccination dose and 50.6 per cent are fully inoculated.

NSW Police are working to quash another anti-lockdown protest in Sydney this afternoon as the state records 1,331 new COVID-19 cases.

Six people, all from Sydney’s west and south-west, died from COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8.00pm yesterday.

Three people were not vaccinated and three had received a single dose of the vaccine.

One person was in their 40s, one was in their 60s, two were in their 70s and two were in their 80s.

One person, a man in his 70s from Western Sydney, acquired his infection overseas.

There have been 228 COVID-19 related deaths since the outbreak began in June.

Despite this, another anti-lockdown protest is planned to take place this afternoon in the city’s inner west.

Busloads of police officers have arrived at Sydney Park to prevent protesters from gathering and trains will not stop in the CBD, Redfern, Martin Place or St Peters between 9:00am to 2:00pm.

Mounted police, the riot squad and PolAir have been deployed across the CBD and many roads are blocked off.

Police Minister David Elliott pleaded with any would-be protesters to stay home.

“We’ve seen past protesters end up contracting COVID-19, so anyone who is still considering protesting needs take a good hard look at themselves,” he said.

Just four weeks ago, more than 1,500 police officers thwarted another anti-lockdown protest in the Sydney CBD and made almost 50 arrests.

Jeremy McAnulty, head of the NSW Health COVID response branch, said the majority of new cases were still being seen in the Sydney suburbs of Merrylands, Auburn, Guilford, Liverpool, Bankstown, Greenacre and Punchbowl.

Outside of Greater Sydney, there was a sharp rise in cases in the Illawarra region yesterday, with 75 new infections.

In Hunter New England there were 30 new cases and on the Central Coast there were 29 new cases.

Glen Innes on the Northern Tablelands had its travel ban to Queensland re-imposed at 1:00am today after a COVID-19 case was detected in the community.

The person had recently visited Sydney for several days and yesterday the region was put into a seven-day lockdown.

The LGA of Lismore, which is also now in a seven-day lockdown, was suspended from the Queensland border bubble on Thursday.

Just over 81 per cent of the eligible NSW population have received one vaccination dose and 50.6 per cent are fully inoculated.

Moderna will soon be available after Australia’s shipment of the US-developed vaccine arrived at Sydney airport last night.

The doses came from Europe on the first of two flights that will bring a million doses of the vaccine into the country this weekend.

Anyone aged 12 to 59 is eligible for Moderna and the federal government says almost 2,000 pharmacies will start distributing the vaccine next week.

This weekend, NSW Health is running a vaccine “blitz” for Indigenous people across the state where everyone over the age of 12 will be offered the Pfizer vaccine.

Indigenous staff will be on hand at 18 vaccine centres across the state.

Sydney Local Health District’s mobile vaccinations teams will also visit 18 social housing blocks in Redfern and Waterloo in inner Sydney this weekend.

The district is home to one of the largest social and public housing estates in Australia, with more than 3,100 people living in buildings run by the Department of Communities and Justice, and another 3,000 in community-supported housing.

There are currently 1,219 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospitals in NSW, with 233 people in intensive care, 123 of whom require ventilation.

There were 120,954 COVID-19 tests reported yesterday, compared with the previous day’s total of 155,334.

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