COVID-19 pandemic in New South Wales

COVID-19 pandemic in New South Wales
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationNew South Wales, Australia
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Confirmed cases• 945,542 from PCR tests
(as of 5 Mar. 2022)
• 424,709 RAT positives
(since mid-January 2022)
Active cases103,910Rise (as of 5 Mar. 2022)
Hospitalised cases1,009Rise (as of 5 Mar. 2022)
Critical cases43 Fall (as of 5 Mar. 2022)
Deaths
1,941[a]
(as of 5 Mar. 2022)
Fatality rate0.23%
Government website
www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/
www.health.nsw.gov.au/news/Pages/2021-nsw-health.aspx

The COVID-19 pandemic in New South Wales is part of the ongoing worldwide pandemic of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first confirmed case in New South Wales was identified on 19 January 2020 in Sydney where three travellers returning from Wuhan, Hubei, China, tested positive for the virus.[1][2][3]

As of 5 March 2022, there have been over 945,000 confirmed cases from PCR testing, and nearly 425,000 positive rapid antigen tests (RAT) since mid-January 2022 The 5 deaths reported that day raised to 1,943 the official number of deaths from COVID-19 in New South Wales since March 2020.[4] The single day record high is 52 deaths reported on 29 January 2022. Previous highs were 49 deaths on 28 January, 46 on 20 January, and 37 on 2 February in 2022,[5] up from 29 on 13 January,[6] and 15 on 28 September 2021.[7] New daily case numbers, after being as low as 208 on 5 December 2021, rose sharply in mid-December, jumping to 11,201 cases on 28 December,[8] and 22,577 on 31 December 2021. New cases then fell to 18,278 on 1 January 2022, then up daily to 35,054, before falling slightly.[9] They rose again for 2 days, to 45,098 on 7 January,[10] then fell sharply to 30,062 on 8 January[11] before rising again.[12]

By 21 September 2021, 55% of the state's over-16-year-old population had been fully vaccinated,[13] and 60% on 26 September.[14] On 30 September full vaccination reached 65% and over 87% had received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.[15] 70% full vaccination was reached on 6 October[16] and 75% on 11 October, while over 90% had received least one vaccine dose.[17] 80% full vaccination was reached on 16 October,[18] 85% on 25 October 2021,[19] and 93.5 % on 23 December, while one dose vaccinations reached 95% that day.[20]
By 13 January 2022, 24.2% aged 16 and older had received a third 'booster' vaccination, 47.3% on 10 February, and 55.4% by 3 March. 8.9% of 5–11 year-olds had received one dose,[6] rising to 44.9% on 10 February, and 47.7% by 3 March.[21][22]

Timeline

2020

Barricades erected by Randwick City Council to discourage access to a beach at La Perouse, New South Wales
NSW Government COVID-19 automatic signalling notice

On 4 March, the first COVID-19 death in the state, the second in Australia, was reported. She was a 95-year-old resident of, and who died at, the Dorothy Henderson Lodge aged-care facility in Macquarie Park.[23]

Former premier Gladys Berejiklian formed a "war cabinet" to make decisions in relation to the pandemic.[24] Members include herself, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard and Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott.[24]

On 15 March, Secretary of the New South Wales Department of Education, Mark Scott ordered that, effective immediately, New South Wales schools introduce social distancing measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus.[25] The order required schools to cancel all assemblies, excursions, travel, concerts, large inter-school sporting and arts events, and other events that would require students and staff to congregate in large numbers.[26] Schools were to stay open. Four schools in the state have been shut for periods during the crisis due to confirmed cases within their school communities.[27]

On 16 March, New South Wales Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard announced that he was using his powers, under Section 7 of the 'Public Health Act 2010', to immediately and indefinitely cancel all public events with more than 500 attendees.[28] The order is enforceable by NSW Police and violations of the order can carry a prison term of six months, an $11,000 fine, or both.[28]

Chief Justice Bathurst, Chief Justice of New South Wales, and Chief Judge Price of the District Court of New South Wales ordered that effective 16 March 2020, new jury trials would be suspended to limit the spread of coronavirus.[29] The order did not apply to already empanelled jury trials.[30] Corrective Services New South Wales implemented screening mechanisms, early flu vaccination programs and stricter hygiene requirements for staff, visitors and inmates to slow the spread of the virus.[27]

The University of Sydney cancelled all graduations, conferences, academic and student organised events.[31] The University of New South Wales announced that it was cancelling all student and academic events until Easter, encourage staff to work from home and, where possible, shift all lectures, tutorials, demonstrations and labs to online learning.[32]

New South Wales schools were directed by the State Department of Education Secretary, Mark Scott, to cancel all assemblies, excursions, travel, and some events and conferences, including arts and initiative events, as well as whole school sporting events and inter-school sporting events with three or more involved schools.[33]

On 17 March, the New South Wales government announced a A$2.3 billion stimulus package, including A$700 million for health services. A$450 million was allocated to waive payroll tax for 3 months. $250 million so state-owned buildings and public schools could employ more cleaners. A$750 million was allocated for capital works and public asset maintenance.[34]

Even though there was a ban on gatherings of more than 500 people, huge crowds flocked to the popular Bondi Beach and other beaches across Sydney on Friday 20 March. Health Minister Greg Hunt said that such behaviour was "unacceptable" while the New South Wales Labor's Shadow Treasurer, Walt Secord urged the government to completely close off the beach. New South Wales Police Minister David Elliott later stated in a televised interview that lifeguards were instructed to keep a head count of the people at the beach and if the number exceeded 500, the beach would be closed. On 21 March, crowds built up yet again which led Waverley Council to temporarily close Bondi, and the other beaches of Bronte and Tamarama.[33]

On 22 March, a public health order was issued that declared Lord Howe Island a public risk area and directed restricted access. As of that date there were no known cases of COVID-19 on Lord Howe Island.[35]

By 27 March, NSW local council elections due in September 2020 were postponed to September 2021.[36] They were later postponed again to 4 December 2021 due to a wave of delta COVID-19 variant infections that caused numerous lockdowns in the state.[37]

On 30 March, NSW Parliament passed the "COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement" law,[38] which limited public gatherings to two people and directed, "that a person must not, without reasonable excuse, leave the person's place of residence." It listed 16 reasonable excuses and took effect from midnight on 31 March.

As of 15 May, some restrictions on public and private gatherings were eased. Private homes were allowed 5 visitors.[39] Free standing cafes and restaurants, and those inside pubs and clubs, were allowed very limited sit-down dining, after being restricted to take-away only since 23 March. Bars and gaming areas remained closed. A maximum of 10 people were permitted in restaurants and cafes, while social distancing rules still had to be followed. Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people were permitted. Up to 10 guests were permitted at weddings, and funerals could have up to 20 mourners indoors, 30 outdoors. Up to 10 people were allowed at indoor religious gatherings such as churches.[40][41]

From 13 June, private homes were allowed to have up to 20 guests visit, and groups of 20 were allowed to meet outside. Food courts were allowed to open, so long as the 4-square-metres-per-patron rule was kept, and no more than 50 patrons. Indoor gym classes were allowed 10 participants. Up to 100 persons were allowed inside gyms, so long as area requirements were adhered to.[39]

From 1 July, New South Wales eased restrictions further due to the limited community transmission of COVID-19, at that time. No set upper limit on patron numbers at indoor venues, but only one person per 4 square metres. Outdoor venues, with a maximum capacity of 40,000, were allowed up to 25 per cent of normal capacity. Events had to be ticketed, patrons seated and follow guidelines. Restriction on funerals eased, but the four-square-metre rule applied. Other existing restrictions, no more than 20 guests inside homes, 20 outside, remained in force.[42] Restrictions were tightened again on 17 July. (See below)

From 5 July, the Federal Government introduced restrictions on the number of passengers arriving at Sydney Airport. A maximum of 50 passengers were allowed per flight, and international arrivals were set at 450 per day. This was by request of the NSW Government to reduce pressure on hotel quarantine capacity. More than 32,000 travellers had quarantined in Sydney hotels by this date.[43]

On 6 July, the Victorian and NSW State Governments, jointly announced that their interstate border would be re-closed from the start of 8 July, following a large spike in cases in certain areas of Melbourne.[44]

As of 12:01 a.m. on 17 July, after an increase in cases, new rules for pubs were introduced. Measures included, group bookings and persons at a table were limited to 10 (formerly 20), and a maximum of 300 people allowed inside any venue. COVID Safe Hygiene Marshalls to oversee the venues COVID-19 infection prevention were also required, and venue COVID-Safe registration was compulsory. Paper-based sign-ins are allowed, but a digital record of patrons contact details, for contact tracing, must be provided on request.[45] Breaching the rules can result in a A$55,000 fine for the venue, plus another A$27,500 for each day the breach is continued.[46] As of 24 July, the tightened venue restrictions were also applied to bars, cafes, clubs and restaurants.[46]

Until 18 July, international travellers who had to undergo compulsory quarantine on arrival did not have to pay for their accommodation, at a cost of A$65 million to the NSW Government. Under new rules announced on 11 July, as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday 18 July 2020, all new arrivals are being charged for their quarantine. The charge includes meals and room costs, for which one adult will pay A$3,000, additional adults A$1,000, children A$500, and no charge for children under 3 years. Those already quarantined will not have to pay, nor will those who purchased flights, and, had a confirmed international arrival date, before 11:59  p.m. on 12 July 2020 AEST.[47]

On 20 July, the number of daily overseas arrivals allowed at Sydney Airport was reduced to 350 from the 450 limit set on July 5.[48]

On 5 August, it was announced that as from 7 August all Victorians arriving in NSW would be required to quarantine, at their own expense, in hotels for 14 days. Air arrivals from Victoria were only allowed at Sydney Airport.[49]

Dine and Discover

On 17 November 2020 the NSW Government announced the "Dine and Discover" programme in the state budget. All NSW residents over 18 years-of-age were eligible to receive four A$25 vouchers through Service NSW to help stimulate the economy.[50] Two vouchers are for dining, Monday to Thursday only, excluding public holidays. The other two are to be spent on entertainment, excluding on public holidays.[51] Businesses need to be COVID-safe registered, and sign-up for the scheme. The vouchers cannot be used for gambling, alcohol, cigarettes, retail purchases or accommodation. The program was originally called "Out and About".[50]

As early as mid-April 2021, the scheme was said by some regional NSW residents to be "city centric'. At this time, the vouchers had been used by less than 10% of the 5 million who could use it. There were calls by NSW opposition political parties for the scheme to be extended beyond its initial 30 June 2021 deadline to use the vouchers.[52] On 9 June 2021, the Dine & Discover scheme was extended by a month to 31 July,[53] and on 29 June extended again to 31 August. Use for take-away food purchases was also allowed.[54] The vouchers were eventually extended to 30 June 2022.[55] In November 2021, two extra vouchers were granted, one for dining and one for entertainment.[56]

From 23 November, it became mandatory for many businesses to use electronic record systems to collect details of patrons for possible contact tracing.[57]

Northern Beaches outbreak

During the second week of December 2020, an outbreak of COVID-19 in Avalon began. A stay at home advisory was issued on 17 December.[58]

On 19 December 2020, a public health order was issued, locking down Sydney's Northern Beaches.[59] Residents of the Northern Beaches LGA were required to stay at home from 5 pm on Saturday 19 December, until 11:59 pm on Wednesday 23 December unless they had a lawful reason to travel, including for: essential shopping; essential travel for work and to or from a school or educational institution; exercise; medical care, carer's responsibilities or compassionate needs. Entry to the area was similarly restricted. Public gatherings were limited to two persons.[58]

By 20 December, there were 68 cases. This prompted restrictions on admission of Sydney residents or visitors to Sydney, to other states. These ranged from 14-day quarantines (ACT, NT, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria) to no entry without an exemption (Queensland). South Australia barred entry to anyone from the Northern Beaches, while Western Australia barred everyone coming from NSW.[60] Measures to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Sydney were again tightened. No more than 10 people were allowed in homes in Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Illawarra-Shoalhaven.[61]

New Year's Eve celebrations were restricted in Sydney city, around the harbour and suburbs. The midnight fireworks on Sydney Harbour, normally 20 minutes, were cut back to 7 minutes, with no fireworks at 9 pm.[62] The harbour foreshores were closed to prevent crowds congregating. Only residents, guests, and those with bookings at bars, hotels and restaurants, were allowed in foreshore areas under a pass system. Vantage points in North Sydney were also closed.[62]

2021

From 1 January, hospitality venues and hairdressers were required to use the NSW Government QR code system for patron check-in.[63]

On Saturday, 2 January 2021, it was announced that as of midnight that day, facemasks would become mandatory in many enclosed places in Greater Sydney. All public transport, shops, supermarkets, cinemas, theatres and places of worship were included. Hospitality workers also had to wear masks. Children under 12 years-of-age were exempt. An A$200 on the spot fine could be charged for non-compliance. Fines were applied from 4 January (Monday).[64]

Maximum gym class sizes were reduced from 50 to 30, worship from 300 down to 100, weddings were limited to 100, or one per 4 square metres. Outdoor performances reduced from 1,000 to 500 patrons. Events which were "seated, ticketed and enclosed" were reduced back to 2,000 maximum. Night clubs were "not permitted".[64]

February

On 21 February, the first public COVID-19 vaccinations in Australia, with the Pfizer–BioNTech vaccine, were administered in Sydney.[65] Up to 6:00 pm on 23 February in NSW, 3,200 people were immunised across three state-run hospitals.[66]

As of 24 February, there was no transmission of COVID-19 in the community in NSW for 38 days. On 17 March restrictions were to be "revisited".[66] Also on 24 February, further restriction easing was announced in NSW. From 12:01 am on 26 February (Friday):

  • Dancing and singing was allowed at gatherings
  • At weddings, up to 30 people, including guests, could dance at one time. (previously, only the wedding party, a maximum of 20 people. The 300 person limit for wedding guests remained)
  • Up to 50 people at their home (up from 30) Visitor number includes adults and children.
  • Up to 50 people allowed in gym classes (4-square metre rule applies)
  • Up to 30 singers allowed in choirs and religious congregations. Masks required, place of worship must adhere to the 4-square metre rule.[66]

March

On 30 March, a Byron Bay man in his 20s was found to be infected. A number of restrictions were enacted in the Byron area as a result:[67]

  • Masks mandatory when shopping/using public transport
    • including taxis and ride-sharing services
  • Masks mandatory for hospitality staff
  • 4 square-metre rule area rule in hospitality venues
    • patrons must be seated
  • home visitors limited to 30 people

It was determined that a person linked to the Brisbane 'nurse cluster' visited venues in Byron, including the Byron Beach Hotel on 26 March, while unknowingly infectious. The local case also attended that hotel.[67]

As a result, on 31 March the 2021 Byron Bay Bluesfest was cancelled, for the second year, a day before it was to commence. Because of the one case of transmission in the community, a public health order was signed by the Minister for Health Brad Hazzard, banning the event.[67]

May

On 5 May in Sydney, a case of COVID-19 in a man in his 50s who worked as driver for flight crew members in Sydney Airport, was detected with no known physical link to travel or border control/quarantine hotels or workers. His wife also tested positive to COVID-19. Genomic testing provided a link to an overseas (US) acquired infection at the Park Royal in Darling Harbour. The new cases are believed to have been infectious while visiting at least 20 locations in Sydney from 30 April to 4 March. Due to these community transmitted infections, COVID related restrictions in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong were tightened, initially for 3 days, from 5 pm on 6 May (Friday), to 12:01 am on 9 May (Monday).[68][69]

  • Mask-wearing was again made mandatory at indoor places, including:[68]
    • Public transport
    • Supermarkets
    • Other indoor events
  • Hospitality staff at front of house had to be masked[69]
    • Patrons drinking had to be seated.
  • No singing or dancing at indoor venues, including,
    • Places of worship and
    • Entertainment venues.

Exemptions included weddings, and dancers or singers performing in shows.[68]

  • Only 20 visitors allowed at private homes
  • Maximum 2 visitors at aged care facilities[69]

On 9 May, because the "missing link" in the two community transmitted infections that caused the restriction tightening on 5 May had not been located, most of the extra restrictions were extended another seven days until 12:01 am on 17 May. The main change was mask wearing was not required indoors by patrons of shops and hospitality venues, except for gaming areas where masks are still needed. On public transport and other indoor public venues masks remained mandatory.[70] 13,768 COVID tests were undertaken in the 24 hours to 8:00 pm that day, but NSW recorded no locally acquired COVID-19 infections.[71] On 17 May the temporary restrictions from 5 May were lifted. The missing link in the cases of community transmission that led to these restrictions had still not been located.[72]

On 10 May, a mass vaccination hub opened at Sydney Olympic Park. The same day, registrations began for NSW residents aged 40 to 49-years to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.[71]

June

On 1 June, it was found that a later confirmed COVID-19 case from Melbourne had travelled to New South Wales, before Victorias' fourth lockdown was imposed on 27 May, while possibly infectious. Possible exposure sites included venues in Goulburn, Jervis Bay, Hyams Beach and Vincentia.[73]

From 16 June, NSW residents aged over 50 were able to get an AstraZeneca vaccination from selected pharmacies. 1,250 pharmacies were approved by the NSW health department to administer the vaccine under strict regulations.[74] However, on 17 June the Commonwealth government decided, on the advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), to change their previous advisory of 50 years plus, and only recommend the AstraZeneca vaccine for those over 60 years-of-age.[75]

Eastern Suburbs/Bondi cluster

On 16 June, the first COVID-19 case in what became known as the Bondi cluster was confirmed. The case was a man in his 60s who worked as a limousine driver, and had been transporting crew off international flights.[76] By 12 August 2021, what began in Bondi spread widely and new cases reported in NSW reached 6,874. There had been at least 38 deaths during the Delta variant outbreak, raising the total number of COVID deaths in NSW to 95 since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020.[77] Greater Sydney, Wollongong, the Blue Mountains, Central and Northern NSW, the Central Coast, Far North Coast and other regions in NSW were, or had been, in lockdown, and the Delta outbreak had spread interstate causing more lockdowns including the ACT, Victoria, and South East Queensland.

On 18 June from 4pm in Greater Sydney (not including the Illawarra and Wollongong regions), masks were again made mandatory on public transport for at least the next 5 days. This was after the COVID-19 cluster in Sydneys' Eastern Suburbs had grown to 4 cases. The same day it was announced that from 1:00am on 19 June, the eastern Sydney local government area of Waverley would be declared a COVID-19 hotspot by the Queensland government.[78]

By 22 June the cluster in Bondi had increased by 10 to 22 cases,[79] 31 cases by 23 June,[80] 36 by 24 June,[81] 65 by 25 June,[82] and there were 130 cases in Sydney, of which 124 were linked to the Bondi cluster, by 28 June.[83] The cluster reached 160 cases by 30 June,[84] 175 by 1 July,[85] 188 by 2 July,[86] and 207 by 3 July.[87] Known linked cases reached 285 by 9 July,[88] after which NSW Health did not report them separately. By 31 July there had also been 16 deaths linked to this outbreak.[89]

New movement restrictions were enacted from 4pm on 23 June. People from the NSW LGAs of:

were not permitted to leave the Sydney metropolitan area, except for essential purposes.[80]

Tighter social distancing restrictions were also enacted on 23 June, covering residents of Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong, and Shellharbour.[80]

Restrictions as of 24 June were scheduled to remain in force until 1 July at 12:01am,[81] but were extended on 25 June to 11:59pm on 2 July,[82] and the next day extended again to 11.59pm on 9 July.[90] On 14 July, after 97 new cases were recorded, the lockdown was extended another 2 weeks to 11:59pm on 30 July.[91] On 28 July, the lockdown in Greater Sydney, and other NSW LGAs in lockdown that day, was again extended from 31 July to 12:01am on 28 August.[92] From 5pm on 14 August, all of regional NSW was also put into lockdown until 12:01am on 22 August.[93]

On 25 June, after 22 new cases of the delta variant brought infections linked to the Bondi cluster to 65 total, a lockdown was announced for four Sydney LGAs. The City of Sydney, Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra were the affected places. From 11:59pm on 25 June those who live there, or had worked there in the previous 14 days, had to isolate at home until at least 11:59pm on 2 July.[82] (Later extended to 11.59pm on 9 July.[90]) The usual 'essential reasons' for leaving home apply. Up to 1 million people may be affected. Current NSW restrictions like mandatory masks indoors and on public transport were extended to the same time and date.[82]

  • Weddings were permitted on 26 – 27 June, but then banned until 9 July.[90]

By 26 June, infections linked to the Bondi cluster rose to 80. Of these, 20 were also connected to a birthday party in Hoxton Park. By this date 2,076,483 vaccine doses had been administered in NSW, 18,088 of them in the 24 hours to 8pm on 25 June.[94] The lockdown area in NSW was expanded from 6:00pm to cover Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong, and the lockdown length was also extended until 11.59pm on 9 July.[90]

Restrictions for the rest of NSW were also increased:

  • Only 5 visitors allowed in homes (includes children)
  • Masks mandatory in indoor, non-residential settings
  • The 4-square-metre space rule applies again for indoor or outdoor settings.
    • Drinking while standing at indoor venues not permitted
  • Dancing not permitted at indoor hospitality venues and nightclubs,
    • Dancing is allowed at weddings for the wedding party (20 people maximum)
  • Dance and gym classes, 20 people maximum per class,

People in NSW who had been in the Greater Sydney region (including Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong) on, or after, June 21 must adhere to stay-at-home orders for 14 days after they left [90]

By 28 June the outbreak in Sydney had increased to 130 cases, 124 of them linked to the cluster in Bondi.[83]

On 29 June, the Dine and Discover stimulus scheme was extended for the second time, to 31 August, and now also allowed take-away food purchases.[54]

By 30 June, the 'Bondi cluster' of delta variant COVID-19 reached 160 cases, becoming Sydney's largest cluster to this date. The previous high was 151 in the 'Northern Beaches' or 'Avalon cluster', in December 2020–January 2021. The next largest after Avalon was 116 cases in the Wetherill Park cluster of July–August 2020. Sydney had 18 clusters by this date.[84]

July

Week 1

By 1 July, there were 175 reported infections linked to the Bondi cluster, 188 by 2 July, 207 by 3 July, and 222 by 4 July.[85][86][87][95]

On 3 July, stay-at-home orders for people in NSW who had been in the Northern Territory, Western Australia, and some Queensland local government areas were lifted.[96]

Lockdown extended

On 7 July, the lockdown in Greater Sydney was extended for 7 days until 12:01am on 17 July. This followed the state having 27 new cases of COVID-19. There were more cases in Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield, and Liverpool. Over 45,000 people were tested for COVID "overnight".[97] Also by 7 July, the Bondi cluster linked cases had reached 264. There were another 93 locally acquired cases for a total of 357 since 16 June, when the first Bondi cluster case was reported.[98]

Week 2

On 8 July, the Bondi cluster linked cases had reached 279. There were 40 hospitalised cases, 11 in intensive care with 3 on ventilation.[99]

On 9 July, Bondi cluster linked cases had reached 285. There were 43 hospitalised cases, 10 in intensive care with 4 on ventilation. 37 cases have not been linked to a known case or cluster, with another 117 linked to those 37 cases, for 439 total active cases. 44 new locally acquired cases were reported on 8 July up to 8pm. 21 were in South Western Sydney, 8 in South-Eastern Sydney and 7 in Western Sydney.[88]

Also on 9 July from 5pm, social distancing restrictions were tightened in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour:[100]

  • Only 2 people can gather outside (excluding those who live in the same home)
  • May only exercise inside their local government area, or within 10 km (6 miles) from their home
  • Must not carpool with people from different households
  • For essential shopping, only one person, per household, per day can shop
    • Browsing in shops prohibited
  • From 11 July, funerals will be limited to 10 mourners.[100]

On 10 July, it was reported that there were 50 new cases in NSW to 8pm on 9 July, bringing the confirmed case total to 5,972. There were 47 hospitalised cases, 16 in intensive care with 5 on ventilation. Of the 50 new cases 29 are from south-west Sydney, 16 from south-east Sydney.[101][b]

On 11 July, the death of a woman in her 90s at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney, the first COVID-19 death in Australia since mid-April, was reported by NSW Health. There were also 77 new locally acquired cases reported, with 52 of them from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 11 from Sydney LHD and 10 from South Eastern Sydney LHD.[102] Among social distancing rule changes, also announced that day, affecting funerals (only 10 may attend, down from 100), were tightened face mask rules, which came into effect on 13 July 2021 in Greater Sydney. From then, a face mask must be worn in indoor common property areas of residential premises that have:[103][104]

  • strata title
  • community title
  • company title

Places on the common property requiring masks include:[103]

  • an apartment blocks' lobby or foyer
  • corridors, stairwells and elevators
  • shared facilities such as laundries

From 11 July, funerals in Greater Sydney were restricted to 10 people, plus those conducting the service.[104]

Also on 11 July, from 11:59pm Victoria closed its border to all New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory residents to try to prevent the Delta variant entering the state. 'Border bubble' arrangements for border towns remained in place.[105]

On 12 July, the death of a man in his 70s from Sydneys' Eastern suburbs was reported. He was a confirmed COVID-19 case. This raised the number of deaths in NSW to 58.[106] Also on 12 July, 112 new locally acquired cases were reported, a total of 678 locally acquired cases since 16 June 2021, the start of the Bondi cluster. 84 of the new cases are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 16 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 7 Western Sydney LHD and 5 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD. 2,703,690 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in the state.[107] Up to 8pm this day 49,055 tests were reported, the previous day's total was 46,478.[106]

Also on 12 July, the use of QR code check-ins in retail stores, hire vehicles and many other settings, became mandatory in all NSW.[108]

By 13 July there were 89 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June 2021 to 767. Of the new cases, 64 are from South Western Sydney LHD, 15 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 5 Sydney LHD, 3 Western Sydney LHD, 1 Northern Sydney LHD and 1 from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD. There were 65 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 21 in intensive care, 4 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 6,263.[106]

Also from 13 July, in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong, face masks had to be worn in indoor common property areas of rented or leased residential premises.[103]

Lockdown extended again

On 14 July, the lockdown in Greater Sydney, due to end on 16 July, was extended by two weeks to 11:59pm on 30 July. There were 97 new COVID-19 cases reported, 70 of them in South West Sydney.[91] There were 71 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 20 in intensive care, 4 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 6,362.[109]

Week 3

By 15 July, there were 65 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June 2021 to 929. There were 73 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 19 in intensive care, 5 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 6,429.[110]

On 16 July, one death was recorded, a man in his 80s from South West Sydney, bringing the total NSW deaths to 59.[111] That day, there were 97 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June 2021 to 1,026. There were 75 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 18 in intensive care, 4 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 6,527.[112] Up to 8pm, there was a record of 81,970 COVID-19 tests performed this day, up from the 77,587 on 15 July. Vaccinations in NSW reached 2,975,525.[111]

Lockdown tightened

On 17 July from 11:59pm, movement restrictions in some Western Sydney LGAs were increased, and impending business shut-downs and restrictions in NSW were announced. Most workers living in Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield and Liverpool LGAs were not permitted to leave those areas for work.[113]

Exempt workers were:[113]

  • emergency workers
  • health workers
    • Included aged-care and disability workers

Carpooling, except with family members is banned in those three LGAs[113]

  • On 19 July from 12:01am, in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong, many non-essential retail businesses will only be able to operate as take-away, home delivery, or "click and collect". From the same time:[113]
    • All construction work will be "paused"
    • In residential premises, all cleaning services, repair, and non-urgent maintenance, also "paused".
  • From 21 July, at 12.01am employees must be allowed to work from home if possible.[114]

All the new restrictions were scheduled to cease at 11:59pm on 30 July,[113] but the lockdown was later extended to 28 August.

On 17 July, one death occurred, a woman in her 90s from South Eastern Sydney. NSW COVID-19 deaths then totalled 60.[115] In the previous 24 hours to 8pm on 16 July there were 111 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June 2021 to 1,137. Of those, 29 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 69 were isolated while infectious, 10 were isolated for part of their infectious period. 83 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD (60 of those from Fairfield LGA), 11 Western Sydney LHD, 8 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 7 Sydney LHD, and 2 from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD. There were 75 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 18 in intensive care, 6 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 6,638.[111]

Also on 17 July, the same day the new stay-at-home rules were announced for some of Western Sydney, there was a protest that afternoon at Paul Keating Park in Bankstown against the added lockdown rules for Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield and Liverpool. Two people were arrested and charged.[113][116]

By 18 July, there were 105 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June 2021 to 1,242. Of those, 27 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 69 were isolated while infectious, 7 were isolated for part of their infectious period. There were also 4 overseas acquired cases. 76 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 9 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 12 Western Sydney LHD, 5 Sydney LHD, 1 Northern Sydney LHD, and 2 from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD. There were 76 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 18 in intensive care, 7 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 6,753.[115]

On 19 July, another death from COVID-19 was reported of a woman in her fifties at Green Valley in South West Sydney. It was the fifth in the outbreak that began in Bondi in June, and brought to 61 the number of COVID-19 deaths in NSW since the pandemic began.[117][118]

By 19 July, there were 98 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June 2021 to 1,340. Of those, 20 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 54 were isolated while infectious, 17 were isolated for part of their infectious period. There were also 2 overseas acquired cases. 67 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 7 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 11 Western Sydney LHD, 8 Sydney LHD, 2 Northern Sydney LHD, and 1 from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD. There were 82 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 24 in intensive care, 7 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 6,853.[119]

From 19 July, in Sydney all public transport services (train, bus and ferry) will operate on a Sunday timetable for at least 7 days. The NSW government announced grants through Service NSW of up to A$15,000 for businesses to assist them during the lockdown.[120] Demand for the grants was enough that the Service NSW grants website crashed due to the "unprecedented demand".[121]

On 20 July, the Los Angeles to Sydney route of American Airlines (AA), their only Australian route, was announced by the airline to be cut out from 1 September until at least 28 October 2021. It was in response to COVID travel rules which resulted in AA planes flying with very few passengers.[122] A week prior AA had stated they would fly some planes as cargo only.[123]

Lockdown area expanded

On 21 July from 12:01am, stay-at-home orders came into force, until 28 July at 12:01am, in the Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council, and Cabonne Shire Council areas of the Central West of NSW. The orders also applied to anyone who was in these areas on, or after, 17 July.[124]

  • masks had to be worn indoors
    • and outdoors if social distancing couldn't be maintained
  • schools were open
  • after 12:01am on 23 July 2021 funeral attendance was capped at ten people[124]

The stay-at-home orders were lifted as planned on 28 July.[125]

New South Wales Ministry of Health (NSW Health) figures of 21 July showed that, in the previous 24 hours to 8pm on 20 July, there were 110 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 1,528. Of those, 43 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 37 were isolated while infectious, 17 were isolated for part of their infectious period. There were also 2 overseas acquired cases. 50 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 11 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 29 Western Sydney LHD, 12 Sydney LHD, 6 Northern Sydney LHD, 1 from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, and 1 from Western NSW LHD. There were 106 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 23 in intensive care, 11 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 7,044.[126]

Week 4

By 22 July NSW Health statistics showed that, in the preceding 24 hours to 8pm on 21 July, there were 124 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 1,648. Of those, 48 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 37 were isolated while infectious, 22 were isolated for part of their infectious period. There were no new overseas acquired cases. 54 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 8 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 40 Western Sydney LHD, 18 Sydney LHD, 2 Northern Sydney LHD, 1 Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, and 1 from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD. There were 118 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 28 in intensive care, 14 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 7,164.[127]

On 23 July the death occurred of a 89-year-old man from South West Sydney. He was the 62nd person to die in NSW after contracting COVID-19. The same day restrictions on workers leaving the Cumberland and Blacktown LGAs were tightened. Only authorised workers may leave those LGAs.[128][129]

Also on 23 July, Queensland closed its border with NSW from 1:00am due to locations outside Greater Sydney reporting COVID-19 cases.[130]

By 24 July NSW Health statistics showed that, in the previous 24 hours to 8pm on 23 July, there were 163 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 1,940. Of those, 45 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 73 were isolated while infectious, 26 were isolated for part of their infectious period. 1 new case was overseas acquired. 67 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 14 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 45 Western Sydney LHD, 31 Sydney LHD, 4 Northern Sydney LHD, 1 Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, and 1 from Central Coast LHD. There were 139 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 37 in intensive care, 17 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 7,462.[129]

On 24 July 2021, there was an anti-lockdown protest in Sydney where several people were arrested, 90 infringement notices issued and 57 people were charged. The Sydney CBD was shut down for hours as several thousand people marched from Camperdown, through Broadway to George Street. A police taskforce, 'Seasoned', was established to identify people at the unauthorised march, which breached public health orders. There were also protests that day in Brisbane and Melbourne.[131] A new record of 102,233 COVID-19 tests were reported to 8pm that day, up from the previous days' 93,910.[132]

Also on 24 July, NSW local council elections already postponed from September 2020 to 4 September 2021[36] were postponed again to 4 December. This was due to the wave of Delta COVID-19 variant infections that had caused numerous lockdowns in the state.[37]

On 25 July there were 2 COVID-19 related deaths early that morning. A woman in her 70s from South West Sydney, and a woman in her 30s from Sydney CBD died.[132]

By 25 July, in 24 hours to 8pm on 24 July, there were 141 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 2,081. Of those, 38 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 65 were isolated while infectious, 24 were isolated for part of their infectious period. No new cases was overseas acquired. 62 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 10 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 46 Western Sydney LHD, 19 Sydney LHD, 1 Northern Sydney LHD, and 3 from Central Coast LHD. There were 141 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 43 in intensive care, 18 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 7,603.[132]

On 26 July there were 2 more deaths. A man in his 80s died in Campbelltown Hospital, and a woman in her 80s died in Pendle Hill. This brought the number of deaths during the state's Delta outbreak to 10 and the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in NSW to 66.[133]

On 27 July the 11th death from COVID-19 during the Sydney/NSW outbreak occurred when a 90-year-old woman died at Liverpool Hospital. This was the 67th death from COVID-19 in NSW during the pandemic.[134]

By 27 July, in the previous 24 hours to 8pm on 26 July, there were 172 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 2,397. Of those, 60 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 61 were isolated while infectious, 19 were isolated for part of their infectious period. 3 new cases were overseas acquired. 65 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 11 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 54 Western Sydney LHD, 27 Sydney LHD, 12 Northern Sydney LHD, and 1 case each in Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, Nepean Blue Mountains LHD and Southern NSW LHD. There were 169 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 46 in intensive care, 19 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 7,928.[135]

Also on 27 July, Victoria excluded the LGAs of City of Wagga Wagga, Hay Shire Council, Lockhart Shire Council and Murrumbidgee Council from the cross-border bubble due to the Delta variant outbreak in NSW.[136]

On 28 July there were 2 more deaths. A woman in her 90s died at Liverpool Hospital, and a man in his 80s died Royal North Shore Hospital. The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in NSW reached 69.[137]

By 28 July, in the previous 24 hours to 8pm on 27 July, there were 177 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 2,574. Of those, 46 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 47 were isolated while infectious, 22 were isolated for part of their infectious period. No new cases were overseas acquired. 90 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 15 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 46 Western Sydney LHD, 20 Sydney LHD, 2 Northern Sydney LHD, and 1 in Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD and 3 from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD. There were 165 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 56 in intensive care, 22 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 8,105. COVID-19 tests were 94,532 to 8pm for that day, up from the previous days 84,486, bringing the state total to 8,780,736. There were also 25,375 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for a state total of 3,575,052.[134] Also on 28 July, the stay-at-home orders in Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council, and Cabonne Shire Council areas were lifted as planned. Since 20 July there had been no more cases of COVID-19 in those areas.[125]

Lockdown extended, again

Also on 28 July, the lockdown in Greater Sydney, and other NSW LGAs (Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour) in lockdown that day, was extended again by 4 weeks, from 31 July to 12:01am on 28 August. Changes to be implemented are:[92][138]

  • shopping restricted to within 10 km
  • construction work continuing, in certain situations[139]
    • only outside the LGAs of concern
    • Only non-occupied settings (no residents present)
      • one worker per 4 square metres.
  • cleaners and trade workers allowed in 'occupied settings'
    • no contact allowed with residents
  • single people living alone to get a 'support bubble'
  • a plan for students in Year 12 to get back into classrooms from 16 August
  • businesses and individuals get a new financial support package
  • Parramatta, Campbelltown and Georges River joined areas now subject to an 'Authorised Workers Order'. (Only authorised workers can leave those LGAs to work)
    • The same restriction already applied to Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool, Cumberland and Blacktown.[92]

By 29 July, in the previous 24 hours to 8pm on 28 July, there were 239 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 2,810. 239 was the highest daily new case number since early 2021 when the virus first arrived in NSW. Of the new cases, 61 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 81 were isolated while infectious, 22 were isolated for part of their infectious period. 1 new case was overseas acquired. 104 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 14 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 58 Western Sydney LHD, 51 Sydney LHD, 3 Northern Sydney LHD, 4 in Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD and 5 from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD. There were 182 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 54 in intensive care, 22 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 8,342. COVID-19 tests were 110,962 to 8pm for that day, a new record, up from the previous days 94,532, bringing the state total to 3,651,310. There were also 24,706 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for a state total of 8,891,698.[137][140]

On 29 July, restrictions were tightened, mostly in Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield Georges River, Liverpool, and Parramatta (the "8 LGAs of concern"):[139]

From 12:01am on 30 July, in those areas people:

  • could not travel more than 5 km (3 miles) from their home
    • including for shopping and exercise
    • including for 'singles bubble' travel
  • have to always wear face masks while outside their homes.

The fine for not adhering to facemask requirements was increased from A$200 to $500.[139]

  • Construction will remain banned in the 8 nominated LGAs

From 12:01am on 31 July, if they leave the LGA for work authorised workers in Canterbury-Bankstown must get a COVID-19 test every three days.

In Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong:[139]

  • essential goods shopping only allowed:
    • within your LGA
    • within 10 km of home

One exception, if the item is not available locally.

Under the 'singles bubble', people living alone may nominate a person to visit their home:[139]

  • Your visitor cannot be from one of the 8 LGAs causing concern, unless you live in one of those LGAs
    • If you do, the visitor must be from within 5 km of your home[139]

The same day, NSW Police requested Australian Defence Force assistance to help them in compliance and logistics. Commissioner Mick Fuller requested 300 ADF personnel.[141]

From 2 August all non-urgent elective surgery in Greater Sydney, excepting the Illawarra Shoalhaven and Central Coast Local Health Districts, is to be postponed to ensure resources are available for medical response during the ongoing outbreak.[142]

On 30 July a man in his 60s died in South West Sydney, the 14th death of the Delta outbreak,[143] and the 70th in NSW.

By 30 July, in the previous 24 hours to 8pm on 29 July, there were 170 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 2,980. Of the new cases, 42 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 41 were isolated while infectious, 10 were isolated for part of their infectious period. 2 new cases were overseas acquired. 87 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 13 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 32 Western Sydney LHD, 32 Sydney LHD, 2 Northern Sydney LHD, and 4 from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD. There were 187 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 58 in intensive care, 24 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 8,514. COVID-19 tests were 95,446 to 8pm for that day, down from the previous days' record 110,962, bringing the state total to 8,987,144. There were also 26,408 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for a state total of 3,732,331.[144]

On 31 July, 14-day stay-at-home orders were issued, effective from 6pm, for anyone in NSW who, since 21 July, had been in any of the 11 LGAs in SE Queensland locked down on 31 July. Anyone sharing such a persons' residence should also stay-at-home.[145]

By 31 July, in the previous 24 hours to 8pm on 30 July, there were 210 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 3,190. Of the new cases, 21 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 58 were isolated while infectious, 11 were isolated for part of their infectious period. 2 new cases were overseas acquired. 81 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 11 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 72 Western Sydney LHD, 38 Sydney LHD, 4 Northern Sydney LHD, 2 from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD and 1 from Central Coast LHD. There were 203 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 53 in intensive care, 27 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 8,725. COVID-19 tests were 105,963 to 8pm for that day, up from the previous days 95,446 and bringing the state total to 9,093,107. There were also 26,872 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for a state total of 3,816,432.[89]

August

On 1 August a man aged in his 90s died at Liverpool Hospital. He was from south west Sydney and is the 15th death in the Delta outbreak and the 71st COVID-19 related death in NSW.[146]

By 1 August, to 8pm on 31 July, there were 239 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 3,427. Of the new cases, 26 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 80 were isolated while infectious, 35 were isolated for part of their infectious period. 2 new cases were overseas acquired. 110 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 3 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 51 Western Sydney LHD, 69 Sydney LHD, 4 from Northern Sydney LHD and 2 from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD. 115 cases are linked to a known case or cluster, the source for 124 were under investigation. There were 222 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 54 in intensive care, 25 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 8,964. COVID-19 tests were 87,712 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 9,180,819. There were also 21,342 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for a state total of 3,893,122.[147]

By 2 August, to 8pm on 1 August, there were 207 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 3,634. Of the new cases, 51 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 89 were isolated while infectious, 21 were isolated for part of their infectious period. 2 new cases were overseas acquired. 83 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 17 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 53 Western Sydney LHD, 48 Sydney LHD, and 6 from Northern Sydney LHD. 105 cases are linked to a known case or cluster, the source for 102 were under investigation. There were 232 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 54 in intensive care, 25 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 9,171. COVID-19 tests were a new record of 117,009 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 9,297,828.There were also 14,497 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for a state total of 3,932,108.[146]

On 3 August two people died from COVID-19 in Sydney, both were confirmed COVID cases. One was a man in his twenties with no related health conditions who died in his home. The NSW Coroner had this death referred for investigation. The other death was a woman in her eighties at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA). This brought COVID deaths in NSW to 73.[148][149]

By 3 August, to 8pm on 2 August, there were 199 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 3,832. Of the new cases, 50 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 70 were isolated while infectious, 32 were isolated for part of their infectious period. 3 new cases were overseas acquired. 73 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 9 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 67 Western Sydney LHD, 35 Sydney LHD, 3 Northern Sydney LHD and 12 from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD. 88 cases are linked to a known case or cluster, the source for 111 were under investigation. There were 250 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 53 in intensive care, 20 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 9,372. COVID-19 tests were 104,536 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 9,402,364. There were also 25,312 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for a state total of 3,968,811.[150]

On 4 August, five people died from COVID-19 in NSW. All were confirmed confirmed COVID cases. Four of the five dead were male, three in their 60s, one in his 70s, and one female in her 80s. Three of the dead were from Sydney's south west, one inner west, and the last western Sydney. This brought deaths in NSW during the Delta outbreak to 21, and the entire pandemic to 78.[151]
By 4 August, to 8pm on 3 August, there were 233 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 4,063. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic reached 9,604. There were 286 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 53 in intensive care, 23 requiring ventilation.[148]

On 5 August there was one COVID-19 death, a woman in her 60s died at Liverpool Hospital. She had been admitted for kidney problems, not COVID, and was infected while in the hospital, which had an outbreak. The number of deaths in NSW reached 79.[152][153]

On 5 August new stay-at-home orders were issued for Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook Newcastle, Port Stephens and Singleton from 5pm that day until 12:01am on 13 August. The orders apply to people who have been in these areas on, or after, 31 July.[154] These restrictions were extended to 20 August, on 12 August.[155] NSW was to receive about 180,000 doses of Pfizer COVID vaccine from the Commonwealth government to allow NSW Health to rebook vaccinations affected by reallocation of doses to year 12 students in south west and western Sydney.[154]

On 6 August, another five people died from COVID-19 in NSW. A woman in her 80s, and 2 men, one in his 80s, the other in his 90s, died at Liverpool Hospital. There were now 5 deaths linked to the outbreak at that hospital. A man in his 60s also died there, but was infected elsewhere. The fifth new death was a man in his 80s at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Four of the dead were from Sydney's south west, one from the inner west. There were then 27 COVID-related deaths in NSW during the Delta outbreak, and 84 since the pandemic started in 2020.[156]

By 6 August, to 8pm on 5 August, there were 291 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 4,610. Of the new cases, 48 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 91 were isolated while infectious, 48 were isolated for part of their infectious period. No new cases were overseas acquired. 123 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 13 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 84 Western Sydney LHD, 30 Sydney LHD, 5 Northern Sydney LHD, 24 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 8 Central Coast LHD, and 4 Hunter New England LHD. 120 cases were linked to a known case or cluster, the source for 161 were under investigation. There were 304 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 50 in intensive care, 22 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 10,157. COVID-19 tests were 109,547 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 9,726,443. There were 24,894 COVID-19 vaccinations administered by NSW Health, and a state total of 4,221,181.[152]

On 7 August there was one COVID-19 death, a woman in her 80s died at RPA Hospital. The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 84, and 28 since 16 June during the Delta outbreak.[157] Also on 7 August, the Armidale Regional LGA went into lockdown from 5pm that day until 12.01am on 15 August. The same rules applied as in Greater Sydney and other regions in lockdown. Until 10 August weddings and funerals will be allowed, after which they will be banned, and funeral mourners will be limited to 10. The lockdown applies to anyone who has been in the LGA on, or after, 29 July 2021.[158] On 14 August the lockdown in Armidale Regional LGA (including Armidale and Guyra towns) was extended until 12:01am on 22 August,[159] but from 5pm that day all of regional NSW joined Sydney in lockdown.[93]

By 7 August, to 8pm on 6 August, there were 319 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 4,929. Of the new cases, 51 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 138 were isolated while infectious, 32 were isolated for part of their infectious period. 2 new cases were overseas acquired. 112 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 20 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 98 Western Sydney LHD, 57 Sydney LHD, 7 Northern Sydney LHD, 23 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, and 2 Hunter New England LHD. 125 cases were linked to a known case or cluster, the source for 194 were under investigation. There were 345 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 56 in intensive care, 23 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 10,478. COVID-19 tests were 108,449 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 9,834,892. There were 26,152 COVID-19 vaccinations administered by NSW Health, and a state total of 4,316,065.[156]

On 8 August there was one COVID-19 death, a woman in her 90s died at Greenwich Hospital. The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 85 since the beginning of the pandemic, and 29 in NSW since 16 June during the Delta outbreak.[160]

On 8 August, 12 suburbs in the City of Penrith LGA were identified as areas of concern due to increased community transmission and had extra restrictions applied from 5pm. The affected suburbs were:[157]

  • Caddens
  • Claremont Meadows
  • Colyton
  • Erskine Park
  • Kemps Creek
  • Kingswood
  • Mount Vernon
  • North St Marys
  • Orchard Hills
  • Oxley Park
  • St Clair
  • St Marys[157]

By 8 August, to 8pm on 7 August, there were 262 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 5,169. Of the new cases, 51 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 138 were isolated while infectious, 32 were isolated for part of their infectious period. 6 new cases were overseas acquired. 88 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 17 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 88 Western Sydney LHD, 31 Sydney LHD, 3 Northern Sydney LHD, 21 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 12 Hunter New England LHD and 2 Central Coast LHD. 88 cases were linked to a known case or cluster, the source for 174 were under investigation. There were 362 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 58 in intensive care, 24  requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 10,728. COVID-19 tests were 95,480 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 9,930,372 tests. There were 20,612 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 1,657,342 doses total by NSW Health, plus another 2,742,682 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 4,400,024 vaccinations.[157] Of the days 58 intensive care cases, 5 were aged in their 20s, 7 in their 30s, 4 in their 40s, 17 in their 50s, 7 in their 60s, 15 in their 70s and 3 in their 80s.[161]

On 9 August there were four COVID-19 deaths. A man in his 80s died at Liverpool Hospital, his was the sixth death linked to the outbreak at that hospital as he acquired his infection as part of it. A woman in her 80s also died at Liverpool Hospital, but her death was not linked to the Hospitals' outbreak. A man in his 70s died at Nepean Hospital, and a man in his 80s at RPA Hospital, but that death was not linked to any outbreak in NSW as his infection was overseas acquired. The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 89 since the beginning of the pandemic, 32 in NSW since 16 June caused by the Delta outbreak,[162] and 940 nationwide.[163]

On 9 August the town of Tamworth in the New England region went into lockdown at 5pm until 12.01am on 17 August. This follows an unknowingly infectious young woman travelling to Tamworth from Newcastle on 5 August and visiting several venues in the town. Stay-at-home orders applied to anyone who had been there on, or after, 5 August. The same rules applied as in Greater Sydney and other regions in lockdown[164]

The same day Ballina Shire, Byron Shire, the City of Lismore, and Richmond Valley Council Local Government Areas on the NSW north coast, went into lockdown from 6pm until 12:01 pm on 17 August. This occurred when a man from Sydney tested positive to the Delta strain after travelling to the Byron Shire and falling ill. The stay-at-home orders apply to all people who have been in these areas on, or after, 31 July.[165][166] The man who caused the lockdown was charged by NSW Police with breaching public health orders.[167]

By 9 August, to 8pm on 8 August, there were 283 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 5,452. Of the new cases, 64 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 106 were isolated while infectious, 42 were isolated for part of their infectious period. 2 new cases were overseas acquired. Allocation of cases to different LHDs was not reported for this day. 113 cases were linked to a known case or cluster, the source for 170 were under investigation. There were 349 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 67 in intensive care, 29 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 11,012. COVID-19 tests were 133,840 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 10,064,212 tests. There were 11,327 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 1,668,669 doses total by NSW Health, plus another 2,780,387 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 4,449,056 vaccinations.[160]

On 10 August there were two COVID-19 deaths. A man in his 30s, with underlying health conditions,[168] died at Northern Beaches Hospital, and man in his 90s died at Concord Hospital (Concord Repatriation General Hospital aka CRGH). The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 91 since the beginning of the pandemic, and 34 since 16 June during the Delta outbreak.[169]

By 10 August, to 8pm on 9 August, there were 356 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 5,805. Of the new cases, 57 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 102 were isolated while infectious, 40 were isolated for part of their infectious period. 4 new cases were overseas acquired. 113 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 38 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 121 Western Sydney LHD, 40 Sydney LHD, 7 Northern Sydney LHD, 24 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, and 13 Hunter New England LHD. 147 cases were linked to a known case or cluster, the source for 209 were under investigation. There were 357 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 60 in intensive care, 28 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 11,369. COVID-19 tests were 95,037 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 10,159,248 tests. There were 29,160 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 1,697,829 doses total by NSW Health, plus another 2,794,543 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 4,492,372 vaccinations.[162]

On 11 August there were two COVID-19 deaths. A man in his 90s died at Liverpool Hospital, having acquired his infection as part of the outbreak there, the sixth deaths linked to the outbreak at that hospital. The other death was man in his 90s, a resident at Wyoming Residential Aged Care Facility in Summer Hill, died at Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH). The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 93 since the beginning of the pandemic, and 36 since 16 June during the Delta outbreak.[170]
Also on 11 August, the town of Dubbo in the central northern Orana Region went into lockdown at 1pm until 12.01am on 19 August.[169] Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Coonamble, Gilgandra, Narromine, Walgett and Warren LGAs, also locked down from 7pm that day, until the beginning of 19 August 2021. Stay-at-home orders will apply to anyone has been in these areas on, or after, 5 August 2021.[171][172] On 13 August NSW Health announced that from 16 August (Monday) non-urgent elective surgery was to be postponed at Dubbo Base Hospital to keep beds available if needed.[173]

By 11 August, to 8pm on 10 August, there were 344 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 6,149. Of the new cases, 65 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 43 were isolated while infectious, 36 were isolated for part of their infectious period. No new cases were overseas acquired. 112 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 23 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 110 Western Sydney LHD, 29 Sydney LHD, 7 Northern Sydney LHD, 43 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 14 Hunter New England LHD, 2 Central Coast LHD, 1 Northern NSW LHD, and 1 Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD. 115 cases were linked to a known case or cluster, the source for 229 were under investigation. There were 357 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 60 in intensive care, 28 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 11,713. COVID-19 tests were 119,256, up on the previous days 95,037, to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 10,278,504 tests. There were 30,510 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 1,697,829 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 2,863,627 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 4,532,296 vaccinations.[169]

On 12 August there were another two COVID-19 deaths. A woman in her 40s, died at home in North West Sydney, and man in his 90s died died at RFBI Hawkins Masonic Retirement Village in Edgeworth, near Newcastle. The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 95 since the beginning of the pandemic, and 38 since 16 June during the Delta outbreak.[77]

By 12 August, to 8pm on 11 August, there were 345 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 6,491. Of the new cases, 57 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 116 were isolated while infectious, 34 were isolated for part of their infectious period. 2 new cases were overseas acquired. 120 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 19 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 85 Western Sydney LHD, 61 Sydney LHD, 25 Northern Sydney LHD, 24 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 25 Hunter New England LHD, 2 Central Coast LHD, 7 Northern NSW LHD, 2 Western NSW LHD, and 2 unknown. 128 cases were linked to a known case or cluster, the source for 217 were under investigation. There were 374 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 62 in intensive care, 29 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 12,056. COVID-19 tests were 151,830, up on the previous days 119,256, to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 10,430,334 tests. There were 30,425 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 1,758,764 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 2,939,709 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 4,698,473 vaccinations.[170]

On 12 August, new restrictions were introduced in some Sydney and regional areas, and a number of changes were made to existing rules:[155]

  • the stay-at-home orders for the Newcastle and Hunter regions were extended to 20 August
  • from 5pm additional restrictions applied to residents of Sydney's Bayside, Burwood and Strathfield Local Government Areas (LGAs) which are now "declared areas"
    • Bayside LGA includes the suburbs: Banksia, Bexley, Botany, Brighton le-Sands, Kogarah, Mascot, Rockdale and Sans Souci.
    • Strathfield LGA includes: Belfield, Flemington, Greenacre, Homebush, Homebush West, Strathfield and Strathfield South
    • Burwood LGA: includes Burwood, Burwood Heights, Enfield and Enfield South
  • those in a declared area can only obtain: food, or other goods and services; or exercise; within 5 km of their home.
  • they may only travel outside their declared area for work if they are an authorised worker

Following the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) going into lockdown on 12 August at 5pm:[174]

  • Anyone in NSW, who was in the ACT since 5 August, must isolate under stay-at-home rules
    • may only leave their residence with a "reasonable excuse"[155]

On 13 August there were four more COVID-19 deaths. A man in his 70s died at Liverpool Hospital; a woman in her 40s, and a man in his 80s died at Concord Hospital (CRGH); a woman in her 70s died at Campbelltown Hospital. The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 99 since the beginning of the pandemic, and 43 since 16 June during the Delta outbreak.[159]

Also on 13 August, restrictions on leaving Greater Sydney were tightened. Residents will have to obtain a permit to leave the region. Visiting holidays homes will only be permitted under "special circumstances", and limited to one person. From 16 August people who had to isolate when awaiting COVID-19 test results could be paid $320 to compensate for lost wages.[175]

By 13 August, to 8pm on 12 August, there were 390 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 6,874. Of the new cases, 58 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 98 were isolated while infectious, 43 were isolated for part of their infectious period. 1 new case was overseas acquired. 123 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 30 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 138 Western Sydney LHD, 47 Sydney LHD, 7 Northern Sydney LHD, 32 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 5 Hunter New England LHD, 2 Central Coast LHD, and 6 Western NSW LHD. 140 cases were linked to a known case or cluster, the source for 250 were under investigation. There were 391 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 63 in intensive care, 30 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 12,440. COVID-19 tests were 127,988 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 10,558,322 tests. There were 28,198 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 1,786,962 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 3,014,348 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 4,801,310 vaccinations.[77]

14 August - Regional NSW in lockdown
Wagga Wagga on 16 August 2021

On 14 August there were another 4 COVID-19 deaths, a woman in her 50s at Campbelltown Hospital, a woman in her 80s at RPA, a man in his 80s at Liverpool Hospital, and a woman in her 70s at RNSH. The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 104 since the beginning of the pandemic, and since 16 June, 48 deaths during the Delta outbreak.[176]

Also on 14 August, all of regional NSW went into lockdown from 5pm, initially until 12:01am on 22 August (Sunday),[93] extended on 19 August to 28 August,[177] and again extended on 26 August to 10 September due to growing case numbers in Western NSW.[178]

By 14 August, to 8pm on 13 August, there were 466 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 6,874. Of the new cases, 68 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 76 were isolated while infectious, 19 were isolated for part of their infectious period. 1 new case was overseas acquired. 106 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 30 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 166 Western Sydney LHD, 37 Sydney LHD, 15 Northern Sydney LHD, 59 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 16 Hunter New England LHD, 5 Central Coast LHD, 26 Western NSW LHD, 2 Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 4 unknown LHD. 121 cases were linked to a known case or cluster, the source for 345 were under investigation. There were 378 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 64 in intensive care, 29 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 12,903. COVID-19 tests were 129,352 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 10,687,674 tests. There were 29,397 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 1,816,359 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 3,092,481 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 4,908,840 vaccinations.[159]

On 15 August there were another 8 deaths of people with COVID-19:[176]
• A man in his 40s at Liverpool Hospital, and 3 men in their 80s, 2 at Campbelltown Hospital, 1 at Nepean Hospital.
• One woman in her 70s at RNSH.
• A man in his 70s at Liverpool Hospital, a patient in the geriatric ward. His was the 8th death linked to this hospital's outbreak.
• A woman in her 80s at RPA, a resident of the Wyoming Residential Aged Care Facility. She is the 3rd death linked to this facilitys' cluster.
• A 15-year-old boy died at Sydney Children’s Hospital. He was a confirmed COVID case, but was also receiving treatment for a serious medical condition.
The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 112 since the beginning of the pandemic, and 56 during the Delta outbreak.[176]

By 15 August, to 8pm on 14 August, there were 415 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 7,745. Of the new cases, 42 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 76 were isolated while infectious, 24 were isolated for part of their infectious period. 2 new case was overseas acquired. 98 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 31 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 167 Western Sydney LHD, 42 Sydney LHD, 6 Northern Sydney LHD, 36 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 9 Hunter New England LHD, 2 Central Coast LHD, 21 Western NSW LHD, 3 unknown LHD. 139 cases were linked to a known case or cluster, the source for 276 were under investigation. There were 381 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 62 in intensive care, 24 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 13,314. COVID-19 tests were 126,790 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 10,814,464 tests. There were 24,419 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 1,840,778 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 3,168,679 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 5,009,457 vaccinations.[179]

There was 1 death reported on 16 August of a person with COVID, a woman in her 70s at Westmead Hospital. The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 113 since the beginning of the pandemic, and 57 deaths since 16 June during the Delta outbreak.[180]

By 16 August, to 8pm on 15 August, there were 478 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 8,218. Of the new cases, 61 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 97 were isolated while infectious, 30 were isolated for part of their infectious period. For 290 cases', the isolation status was under investigation. 2 new cases were overseas acquired. 183 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 144 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 183 Western Sydney LHD, 43 Sydney LHD, 4 Northern Sydney LHD, 18 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 16 Hunter New England LHD, 2 Central Coast LHD, 35 Western NSW LHD, 6 not assigned to any LHD. 141 cases were linked to a known case or cluster, the source for 337 were under investigation. There were 391 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 66 in intensive care, 28 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 13,789. COVID-19 tests were 156,495 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 10,970,959 tests. There were 18,968 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 1,859,746 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 3,209,894 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 5,069,640 vaccinations.[176]

On 17 August there were another 3 deaths of people with COVID-19:[181]
• A man in his 60s died at Liverpool Hospital, a geriatric ward patient there, the 9th death linked to this hospitals' outbreak.
• Two men, both in their 70s, died at Nepean Hospital. One of these was the first in an outbreak at Nepean.[182]
The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 116 since the beginning of the pandemic, and 60 deaths during the Delta outbreak.[181]

By 17 August, to 8pm on 16 August, there were 452 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 8,654. Of the new cases, 30 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 101 were isolated while infectious, 24 were isolated for part of their infectious period. For 297 cases, their isolation status was under investigation. 2 new cases were overseas acquired. 132 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 24 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 189 Western Sydney LHD, 32 Sydney LHD, 13 Northern Sydney LHD, 25 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 10 Hunter New England, 1 Central Coast LHD, 18 Western NSW LHD, 1 Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 7  not assigned to any LHD. 129 cases were linked to a known case or cluster, the source for 323 were under investigation. There were 447 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 69 in intensive care, 24 requiring ventilation. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 14,227. COVID-19 tests were 151,767 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 11,122,726 tests. There were 36,817 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 1,896,563 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 3,341,115 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 5,237,678 vaccinations.[180]

Also on 17 August, a Byron Bay Bluesfest event arranged for October 2021, after the usual April date was cancelled a day before it was to start, was cancelled by the organisers. The next Bluesfest is now scheduled for 15–19 April 2022.[183]

On 18 August there was 1 death reported of a person with COVID, a man in his 80s at St George Hospital. The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 117 since the beginning of the pandemic, and 61 deaths since 16 June during the Delta outbreak.[184] Also on 18 August, NSW Health announced, from 23 August (Monday), the " ... temporary suspension of non-urgent elective surgery to free up staff to support the pandemic response." at 29 private hospitals across NSW.[185]

By 18 August, to 8pm on 17 August, there were 633 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 9,280. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 14,854. Of the new cases, 62 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 94 were isolated while infectious, 30 were isolated for part of their infectious period. For 444 cases, their isolation status was under investigation. 1 new case was overseas acquired. 224 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 24 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 216 Western Sydney LHD, 52 Sydney LHD, 6 Northern Sydney LHD, 54 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 15 Hunter New England, 23 Western NSW LHD, 4 Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 4 Far West LHD, 11 not assigned to any LHD. 158 cases were linked to a known case or cluster, the source for 475 were under investigation. There were 462 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 77 in intensive care, 25 requiring ventilation. COVID-19 tests were 102,749 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 11,225,475 tests. There were 36,175 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 1,932,738 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 3,420,626 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 5,353,364 vaccinations.[181]

The same day, Blacktown City Council, one of the 'LGAs of concern', closed all outdoor gym equipment and playgrounds on police advice as people were using them for recreation, rather than exercising.[186]

On 19 August there were another 4 deaths reported of people with COVID-19:[182]
• a woman in her 80s at RNSH, a resident of the Wyoming Aged Care Facility, the 4th death linked to this cluster.
• a woman in her 80s at Campbelltown Hospital
• a man in his 70s at St George Hospital, where he acquired his infection
• a man in his 80s at Nepean Hospital, where he also acquired the infection. An outbreak at Nepean has now been linked to 2 deaths. The other was a man in his 70s who died on 17 August as reported previously.

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 121 since the beginning of the pandemic, and 65 during the Delta outbreak.[182]

Also on 19 August, the end of the lockdown of regional NSW was extended from 22 to 28 August.[177]

By 19 August, to 8pm on 18 August, there were 681 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 9,950. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 15,528. Of the new cases, 59 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 135 were isolated while infectious, 28 were isolated for part of their infectious period. For 459 cases, their isolation status was under investigation. 3 new cases were overseas acquired. 172 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 29 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 291 Western Sydney LHD, 63 Sydney LHD, 14 Northern Sydney LHD, 74 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 15 Hunter New England, 25 Western NSW LHD, 5 Hunter New England LHD, 1 Central Coast LHD, 1 Mid North Coast LHD, and 1 Southern NSW LHD. 5 not assigned to any LHD. 170 cases were linked to a known case or cluster, the source for 511 were under investigation. There were 474 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 82 in intensive care, 25 requiring ventilation. COVID-19 tests were 119,310 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 11,344,785 tests. There were 42,301 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 1,975,039 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 3,499,517 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 5,474,556 vaccinations.[184]

20 August - Sydney lockdown extended

On 20 August NSW Health reported 4 deaths (from the previous day) and 644 new locally acquired COVID cases in the prior 24 hours. Changes announced that day to lockdown and isolation rules included:[187]

  • The lockdown of Greater Sydney was extended a month to the end of September.[187]
  • A curfew will be introduced in the 12 'LGAs of concern'. As of midnight on 23 August (Monday) people in the affected LGAs must remain home from 9pm to 5am.
  • In those LGAs only one hour of outdoor exercise allowed. The areas affected are:[187]
  • Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith and Strathfield[187]
  • NSW Police have new authority to enforce curfew restrictions[187]
    • They are able to "designate a person to self-isolate for two weeks"
  • As of midnight on 23 August, mask wearing will be mandatory outside the home everywhere in NSW[187]
    • those exercising are an exception
  • The Central Coast and Shellharbour, previously considered a part of Greater Sydney for lockdown purposes re-classified as regional areas.[187]

On 20 August there was another 3 deaths of people with COVID-19:[188]

  • a man in his 80s at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital
  • a man in his 90s also at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital
    • Both were residents of Greenwood Aged Care in Normanhurst and acquired their infections at that care facility.
  • a woman in her 90s at Liverpool Hospital, a geriatric ward patient there, the tenth death linked to the outbreak there

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 124 since the beginning of the pandemic, and 68 during the Delta outbreak.[188]

On 21 August there was also 3 deaths reported in the 24 hours up to 8pm that day:[189]

  • a man in his 60s at RPA, who was infected at Canterbury Hospital
  • a woman in her 80s at Wollongong Hospital
  • a man in his 70s at St George Hospital, where he acquired his infection and the second death linked to the outbreak there.

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 127 since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, and 71 since the Delta outbreak started in June 2021.[189]

By 21 August, to 8pm on 20 August, there were 825 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 11,395. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 16,984. Of the new cases, 58 were in the community, not isolated, while infectious, 92 were isolated while infectious, 38 were isolated for part of their infectious period. For 637 cases, their isolation status was under investigation. 7 new cases were overseas acquired. 253 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 61 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 290 Western Sydney LHD, 69 Sydney LHD, 18 Northern Sydney LHD, 65 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 1 Hunter New England LHD, 38 Western NSW LHD, 14 Far West LHD, 1 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 1 Central Coast LHD, and 2 Southern NSW LHD. 12 not assigned to any LHD. 149 cases were linked to a known case or cluster, the source for 676 were under investigation. There were 516 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 85 in intensive care, 29 requiring ventilation. COVID-19 tests were 124,610 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 11,596,985 tests. There were 50,212 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 2,071,896 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 3,670,315 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 5,742,211 vaccinations.[188]

Also on 21 August 2021 there was another anti-lockdown protest in Sydney city. The protest was countered by a pre-planned police response of over 1,500 officers and roadblocks on major roads into the central business district. About 250 protesters got into Sydney and over 45 people were arrested.[190] One of its main organisers, a 29-year-old Victorian man, was arrested before the protest on 19 August in Hornsby for breaching public health orders by travelling to Sydney from Queensland. On 20 August he pled guilty to 4 counts of: not complying with a direction, and 1 count each of: encouraging the commission of a crime, and; making false representations resulting in a police investigation. He was sentenced to 8 months prison, 3 months non-parole.[191] Protests were also held that day in Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne and Perth.[192]

On 22 August there was again 3 deaths reported in the 24 hours up to 8pm that day:[193]

  • a woman in her 80s at Campbelltown Hospital
  • a man in his 80s at Liverpool Hospital, where he was infected, the 11th death linked to an outbreak in that hospital's geriatric ward
  • a man in his 80s at John Hunter Hospital (JHH), having been infected at the RFBI Hawkins Masonic Village, and the second death linked to an outbreak there

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 130 since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, and 74 since the Delta outbreak started in June 2021.[193]

On 23 August, as of midnight, some previously announced added restrictions came into force:[187]

  • a curfew from 9pm to 5am in the 12 'LGAs of concern'
  • mask wearing became mandatory outside the home everywhere in NSW

On 24 August there were 2 deaths of confirmed COVID cases:

  • a woman in her 30s in her home at Emerton in Western Sydney. Her death is under investigation by the local health district, and was also referred to the NSW Coroner.[194]
  • a man in his 80s at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital
    • a resident of Greenwood Aged Care in Normanhurst and was infected there, the third death linked to an outbreak there after 2 deaths on 20 August.[195][188]

Also on that day there were 919 new cases, a record daily high in Australia. As of 24 August, the total number of confirmed COVID cases in NSW reached 20,266 cases during the entire pandemic, 14,673 of them locally acquired in the 10 weeks since 16 June 2021, when the first case of the Delta outbreak was reported in Bondi, Sydney.[195]

By 24 August 60% of the eligible state population had received their first vaccination.[196]

On 25 August there were 3 deaths reported of COVID cases who died on different days from 17 to 21 August. All were in western Sydney and died in their homes. At least 8 COVID cases have died in their homes since 16 June. None of these 3 were vaccinated, they were:[197][198]

  • a man in his 30s, a man in his 60s, and a man in his 80s

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 135 since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, and 79 since the Delta outbreak started in June 2021.[197]

In the preceding 24 hours to 8pm that day, there were 1,029 new locally acquired cases, another new record daily high in NSW and Australia. As of 25 August, the total number of confirmed COVID cases in NSW reached 21,282 during the entire pandemic, 15,684 of them locally acquired in the 10 weeks since the first case of the Delta outbreak was reported in Bondi in mid-June 2021.[197]

26 August - Regional lockdown extended

On 26 August there were 2 deaths of confirmed COVID cases:[199]

  • a man in his 60s at Nepean Hospital, after acquiring his infection there, the third death linked to that hospitals' outbreak
  • a man in his 90s at Concord Hospital, having been infected at Canterbury Hospital, the fifth death linked to an outbreak there

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 137 since the beginning of the pandemic, and 81 during the Delta outbreak.[199]

Also on 26 August, the lockdown in regional NSW was extended to 10 September at midnight as COVID has continued to spread in the Western NSW LHD.[178]

On 27 August there were 2 more deaths of confirmed COVID cases:[199]

  • a woman in her 70s at Nepean Hospital, after acquiring her infection there, the fourth death linked to an outbreak at that hospital.
  • a woman in her 80s at Westmead Hospital.

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW reached 139 since the beginning of the pandemic, and 83 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[200]

During the 24 hours to 8pm on 28 August, there were 6 more deaths of confirmed COVID cases:[201]

  • a man in his 80s at Nepean Hospital, after being infected there, the fifth death linked to that hospitals' outbreak
  • a man in his 80s at Concord Hospital, infected at the Wyoming Aged Care facility, the fifth death linked to their outbreak
  • 2 men in their 70s at Liverpool Hospital
  • a man in his 70s, and a woman in her 80s, at Westmead Hospital

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW reached 145 since the beginning of the pandemic, and 89 during the Delta outbreak.[201] Nationally deaths were approximately 999.

By 28 August there was another record high of 1,035 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 17,582. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 21,282. 1 new case was overseas acquired. 316 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 52 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 398 Western Sydney LHD, 100 Sydney LHD, 25 Northern Sydney LHD, 78 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 3 Hunter New England LHD, 42 Western NSW LHD, 4 Far West LHD, 7 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, and 2 Central Coast LHD. 8 not assigned to any LHD.[200]
There were 778 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 125 in intensive care, 52 requiring ventilation. COVID-19 tests were 129,182 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 12,800,559 tests. There were 61,778 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 2,417,750 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 4,153,879 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 6,571,629 vaccinations.[200] There was a record total of 156,165 COVID-19 vaccinations administered this day.[202]

In the 24 hours up to 8pm on 29 August, there were 4 more deaths of confirmed COVID cases:[203]

  • a man in his 50s at Dubbo Hospital ‡
  • a man in his 70s at Westmead Hospital
  • woman in her 60s at Westmead Hospital, she was infected at Cumberland Hospital
  • a man in his 70s from at Concord Hospital, and was infected at Meredith House Aged Care facility
‡ The man at Dubbo was the first death of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander from COVID-19. He was not vaccinated.[204]

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 149 since the beginning of the pandemic, and 93 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[203] National deaths rose to 1,003.

By 29 August, new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were again a new record high of 1,218, bringing the total reported since 16 June to 18,792. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 24,396. 3 new cases were overseas acquired. 421 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 67 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 466 Western Sydney LHD, 96 Sydney LHD, 28 Northern Sydney LHD, 66 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 7 Hunter New England LHD, 25 Western NSW LHD, 2 Far West LHD, 13 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, and 2 Central Coast LHD. 25 not assigned to any LHD.[201]
There were 813 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 126 in intensive care, 54 requiring ventilation. COVID-19 tests were 106,038 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 12,906,597 tests. There were 49,849 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 2,467,599 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 4,236,118 total doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 6,703,717 vaccinations.[201]

Also by 29 August, there were 31 cases of COVID at Parklea Correctional Centre in north-western Sydney.[205]

In the 24 hours up to 8pm on 30 August, there were 3 more deaths of confirmed COVID cases:[206]

  • a woman in her 50s, and a man in his 90s, at Campbelltown Hospital
  • a man in his 80s at St Vincent's Hospital.

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 152 since the beginning of the pandemic, 96 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[206] National deaths rose to 1,006.

By 30 August, new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 set another record high of 1,290, bringing the total new cases reported since 16 June to 20,061. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 25,668. 3 new cases were overseas acquired. 434 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 70 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 449 Western Sydney LHD, 126 Sydney LHD, 38 Northern Sydney LHD, 83 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 3 Hunter New England LHD, 51 Western NSW LHD, 9 Far West LHD, 5 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 6 Central Coast LHD and 3 Justice Health Forensic Mental Health Network. 13 cases were not assigned to any LHD.[203]
There were 840 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 137 in intensive care, 48 requiring ventilation. COVID-19 tests were 157, 221 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 13,063,818 tests. There were 49,103 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 2,516,702 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 4,277,772 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 6,794,474 vaccinations.[203]

In the 24 hours up to 8pm on 31 August, there were 4 more deaths of confirmed COVID cases:[207]

  • 2 women, one her 50s, one in her 70s, at Liverpool Hospital
  • a woman in her 80s at RPA Hospital
  • a woman in her 60s at Concord Hospital

The first 3 people were all from south western Sydney, the last from western Sydney.[207]
The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 156 since the beginning of the pandemic, 100 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[207]National deaths rose to 1,012, as there were also 2 deaths in Victoria.

By 31 August, new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 1,164, bringing the total new cases reported since 16 June to 21,208. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 26,820. 4 new cases were overseas acquired. 379 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 73 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 417 Western Sydney LHD, 116 Sydney LHD, 15 Northern Sydney LHD, 45 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 2 Hunter New England LHD, 54 Western NSW LHD, 4 Far West LHD, 5 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 4 Central Coast LHD, and 1 Southern NSW LHD. 6 cases were not assigned to any LHD.[206]
There were 871 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 143 in intensive care, 58 requiring ventilation. COVID-19 tests were 130,027 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 13,193,845 tests. There were 47,429 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 2,564,131 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 4,295,148 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 6,859,279 vaccinations.[206]

Also on 31 August, there were numerous anti-lockdown protests across the state. At least 79 protests occurred, including outside the NSW Parliament building and Byron Shire Council Chambers in Mullumbimby. Protests also took place in Blacktown, Fairfield, Sutherland and Liverpool in Sydney, and Ballina, Cessnock, Dubbo, Grafton, Lake Macquarie, Lismore, Mudgee, Nowra, Orange, Port Macquarie, Shellharbour and Wagga Wagga in regional NSW. 24 of the protests were in the state's north alone. Police arrested over 150 people and issued more than 500 infringement notices in connection with the events.[208][209] Several police officers were injured.[210]

September

In the 24 hours up to 8pm on 1 September, there were 7 more deaths of confirmed COVID cases:[211]

  • a man in his 50s at Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH)
  • 2 people, a woman in her 70s, and a man in his 80s at Campbelltown Hospital
  • a woman in her 80s at Liverpool Hospital
  • a man in his 80s at St George Hospital
  • a man in his 70s at Liverpool Hospital, he acquired his infection there, the 12th death linked to this hospitals' outbreak
  • a man in his 80s at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital who acquired his infection at that hospital

The first 6 people were all from south western Sydney, the last from northern Sydney.[211] The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 163 since the beginning of the pandemic, 107 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[211]
National deaths rose to 1,019.

By 1 September there were 1,116 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total new cases reported since 16 June to 22,308. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 27,922. 2 new cases were overseas acquired. 372 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 52 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 408 Western Sydney LHD, 132 Sydney LHD, 22 Northern Sydney LHD, 68 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 6 Hunter New England LHD, 29 Western NSW LHD, 3 Far West LHD, 8 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 2 Central Coast LHD and 4 are in a correctional centre. 10 were not assigned to any LHD. There were 917 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 150 in intensive care, 66 requiring ventilation. COVID-19 tests were 173,913 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 13,367,758 tests. There were 50,212 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 2,611,205 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 4,366,249 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 6,977,454 vaccinations.[207]

On 1 September the NSW government announced it would cut its international arrivals into the state from 1,500 to 750 until the end of October. This was to allow resources to be moved away from hotel quarantine during the state's continuing, and worsening, Delta outbreak.[212]

In the 24 hours up to 8pm on 2 September, there were 12 more deaths confirmed of COVID cases, a NSW record:[213]

  • a woman in her 30s at home, the source of her infection was being investigated (died on 1 September)
  • a woman in her 70s at Westmead Hospital, where she became infected
  • a woman in her 80s at Westmead Hospital
  • a man in his 70s at Concord Hospital (CRGH)
  • 4 people: 3 women, 1 in her 60s, 2 in their 70s; and a man in his 80s, at Liverpool Hospital
  • a man in his 70s at St George Hospital
  • a man in his 70s at Hornsby Hospital
  • a man in his 90s at the 'Hawkesbury Living' aged care facility
  • a man in his 70s at St George Hospital, a resident of St George Aged Care Centre in Bexley from where he acquired his infection

The first 9 people were all from south western Sydney, the next three were from Sydney's north, the Blue Mountains, and south eastern Sydney.[213] The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 175 since the beginning of the pandemic, 119 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[213]
National deaths rose to 1,032. (includes 1 death in Victoria)

By 2 September there were 1,288 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, bringing the total new cases reported since 16 June to 23,586. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 29,202. 1 new case was overseas acquired. 387 of the new cases were from South Western Sydney LHD, 101 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 445 Western Sydney LHD, 149 Sydney LHD, 31 Northern Sydney LHD, 82 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 4 Hunter New England LHD, 23 Western NSW LHD, 5 Far West LHD, 22 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 7 Central Coast LHD and 11 were in a correctional centre. 21 were not yet assigned to any LHD. There were 957 cases in hospital, 160 in intensive care, 64 requiring ventilation. COVID-19 tests were 127,428 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 13,495,186 tests. There were 45,665 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 2,656,870 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 4,445,048 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 7,101,918 vaccinations.[211]

Also by 2 September, 70% of the eligible NSW population had received their first dose of vaccine. NSW was the first Australian state to reach this milestone.[214]

In the 24 hours up to 8pm on 3 September, there were 4 more deaths of confirmed COVID cases:[215]

  • a woman in her 80s at Fairfield Hospital
  • a man in his 70s at Liverpool Hospital
  • a man in his 50s at Westmead Hospital
  • a man in his 60s at home

The first 2 people were from south western Sydney, the last 2 from western Sydney.[215] None of them were vaccinated.[216] The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 179 since the beginning of the pandemic, 123 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[215]

By 3 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 at 1,431 were again a record high, and brought total new cases reported since 16 June to 25,002. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 30,618. 1 new case was overseas acquired. Of the new cases: 508 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 102 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 424 Western Sydney LHD, 152 Sydney LHD, 32 Northern Sydney LHD, 95 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 11 Hunter New England LHD, 53 Western NSW LHD, 7 Far West LHD, 13 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 8 Central Coast LHD, 1 Southern NSW LHD, and 13 were in "correctional settings". 12 were not yet assigned to any LHD. There were 979 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 160 in intensive care, 63 requiring ventilation. COVID-19 tests were 154,654 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 13,649,840 tests. There were 44,248 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 7,223,164 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 4,522,046 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 7,223,164 vaccinations.[213]

Also by 3 September, the small country town of Wilcannia had 9 new cases, bringing the total to 97, around 13% of the population, which is largely indigenous. The NSW Health Minister, Brad Hazzard, said it was the second busiest day for the ambulance service in the state's history.[216]

In the 24 hours up to 8pm on 4 September, there were 3 more deaths of confirmed COVID cases:[217]

  • a woman in her 70s at Campbelltown Hospital
  • a man in his 70s at Liverpool Hospital
  • a woman in her 50s at Blacktown Hospital

The first 2 people were from south western Sydney, the last from western Sydney.[217] The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 182 since the beginning of the pandemic, 126 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[217]
National deaths rose to 1,039.

By 4 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 1,533, yet again a record high, and brought total new cases reported since 16 June to 26,517. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 32,134. 1 new case was overseas acquired.
• Of the new cases: 494 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 122 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 512 Western Sydney LHD, 150 Sydney LHD, 36 Northern Sydney LHD, 90 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 15 Hunter New England LHD, 38 Western NSW LHD, 9 Far West LHD, 17 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 15 Central Coast LHD, and 13 were in "correctional settings". 22 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[215]
• There were 1,041 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 173 in intensive care (ICU), 62 requiring ventilation.[215] Of the ICU cases, 137 were unvaccinated, 7 fully vaccinated, 29 had one dose of vaccine.[216] COVID-19 tests were 131,174 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 13,781,014 tests.
• There were 49,779 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 2,750,897 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 4,601,473 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 7,352,370 vaccinations.[215]

In the 24 hours up to 8pm on 5 September, there were 5 more deaths of confirmed COVID cases:[218]

  • 2 women, 1 in her 50s, 1 in her 80s at Westmead Hospital
  • a woman in her 80s at Ryde Hospital
  • a man in his 60s at home
  • a man in his 90s at St George Hospital, a resident of St George Aged Care Centre in Bexley where he was infected

The first 2 people were from south western Sydney, next northern Sydney, the Southern Highlands and south east Sydney.[218] The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 187 since the beginning of the pandemic, 131 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[218]

By 5 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were at 1,485, and brought total new cases reported since 16 June, during the Delta outbreak, to 27,984. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 33,603. 2 new cases were overseas acquired.
• Of the new cases: 518 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 116 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 479 Western Sydney LHD, 174 Sydney LHD, 31 Northern Sydney LHD, 80 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 12 Hunter New England LHD, 32 Western NSW LHD, 4 Far West LHD, 11 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 7 Central Coast LHD, and 15 were in "correctional settings". 15 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[217]
• There were 1,030 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 175 in intensive care, 72 requiring ventilation. COVID-19 tests were 115,495 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 13,896,509 tests.
• There were 46,502 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 2,797,399 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 4,676,147 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 7,473,546 vaccinations.[217]

Also by 5 September, 40% of the NSW population was fully vaccinated.[219]

In the 24 hours up to 8pm on 6 September, there were 8 more deaths of confirmed COVID cases:[220]

  • 2 people, a man in his 50s, and a woman in her 70s, at Nepean Hospital
  • a man in his 60s at home
  • a man in his 90s at St George Hospital
  • a man in his 70s at Liverpool Hospital
  • a man in his 80s at Westmead Hospital
  • a man in his 90s at Campbelltown Hospital
    – a resident of 'Advantage Aged Care at Prestons Lodge', where he acquired his infection
  • a woman in her 70s at Dubbo Hospital

The people were from western, south west and south east Sydney, Nepean Blue Mountains, and Dubbo.[220] The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 195 since the beginning of the pandemic, 139 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[220]
National deaths rose to 1,052.

By 6 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were at 1,281, and brought total new cases reported since 16 June, during the Delta outbreak, to 29,253. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 34,873. 1 new case was overseas acquired.
• Of the new cases: 483 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 118 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 348 Western Sydney LHD, 137 Sydney LHD, 22 Northern Sydney LHD, 67 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 5 Hunter New England LHD, 44 Western NSW LHD, 7 Far West LHD, 21 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 8 Central Coast LHD, 5 Southern NSW LHD and 7 were in "correctional settings". 9 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[218]
• There were 1,071 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 177 in intensive care, 67 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 136,455 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 14,032,964 tests.
• There were 31,903 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 2,829,302 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 4,714,220 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 7,543,522 vaccinations[218]

In the 24 hours up to 8pm on 7 September, there were 9 more deaths of confirmed COVID cases:[221]

  • a man in his 20s at Nepean Hospital
    – he was not vaccinated, and had underlying health conditions[222]
  • a woman in her 60s at Nepean Hospital
  • a man in his 70s at St Vincent's Hospital
  • a man in his 80s at Prince of Wales Hospital
  • a man in his 40s at Liverpool Hospital
    – with underlying health conditions[222]
  • a man in his 70s at Liverpool Hospital
  • a man in his 80s at Westmead Hospital
  • a man in his 90s at St George Hospital
    – a resident of St George Aged Care Centre in Bexley who acquired his infection there
  • a man in his 60s at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) - from Dubbo

The people were from western, south western and south eastern Sydney, Nepean Blue Mountains, and Dubbo.[221] The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 204 since the beginning of the pandemic, 148 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[221]
National deaths rose to 1,061.

By 7 September, there had been 3 deaths of indigenous Australians, none of whom were vaccinated.[223]

Also by 7 September, new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were at 1,220, and brought total new cases reported since 16 June, during the Delta outbreak, to 30,456. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 36,078. 2 new cases were overseas acquired.
• Of the new cases: 392 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 89 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 422 Western Sydney LHD, 128 Sydney LHD, 20 Northern Sydney LHD, 74 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 5 Hunter New England LHD, 27 Western NSW LHD, 4 Far West LHD, 14 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 22 Central Coast LHD, 2 Southern NSW LHD and 7 were in "correctional settings". 12 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[220]
• There were 1,151 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 192 in intensive care, 75 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 100,745 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 14,133,709 tests.
• There were 28,812 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 2,858,114 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 4,729,728 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 7,587,842 vaccinations.[220]

In the 24 hours up to 8pm on 8 September, there were 5 more deaths of confirmed COVID cases:[221]

  • a woman in her 40s at Liverpool Hospital
  • a man in his 80s at Nepean Hospital
  • a woman in her 70s at Ryde Hospital
  • a woman in her 70s at Concord Hospital (CRGH)
  • a man in his 80s at Westmead Hospital

The people were 2 from western, 2 south western and 1 north western Sydney.[224] The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 209 since the beginning of the pandemic, 153 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[224]

By 8 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were at 1,480, which brought total new cases reported since 16 June, during the Delta outbreak, to 31,914. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 37,535. There were no new cases acquired overseas.
• Of the new cases: 467 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 119 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 442 Western Sydney LHD, 233 Sydney LHD, 38 Northern Sydney LHD, 60 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 11 Hunter New England LHD, 27 Western NSW LHD, 7 Far West LHD, 34 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 15 Central Coast LHD, and 20 were in "correctional settings". 25 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[220]
• There were 1,136 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 194 in intensive care, 78 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 130,341 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 14,264,050 tests.
• There were 31,064 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 2,889,178 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 4,799,942 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 7,689,120 vaccinations.[221]

In the 24 hours up to 8pm on 9 September, there were 9 more deaths of confirmed COVID cases:[225]

  • a man in his 30s at Nepean Hospital
  • 2 people, a woman in her 40s, and a man in his 50s, in Liverpool Hospital
  • a man in his 60s at home
  • a man in his 60s at Royal North Shore Hospital
  • a woman in her 80s at Ryde Hospital
  • a man in his 70s from at Prince of Wales Hospital
  • a man in his 70s at home
  • a woman in her 50s at Gosford Hospital

The first was from Nepean Blue Mountains, next 2 from south western Sydney, next 3 from western, 1 each from south eastern and southern suburban Sydney, then 1 from the Central Coast.[225] The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 218 since the beginning of the pandemic, 162 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[224]
National deaths rose to 1,075.

By 9 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were at 1,405, which brought total new cases reported since 16 June, during the Delta outbreak, to 33,296. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 38,919. There were 2 new cases acquired overseas.
• Of the new cases: 450 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 118 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 394 Western Sydney LHD, 211 Sydney LHD, 34 Northern Sydney LHD, 74 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 12 Hunter New England LHD, 24 Western NSW LHD, 4 Far West LHD, 23 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 22 Central Coast LHD, 3 Southern NSW LHD, and 9 were in "correctional settings". 27 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[224]
• There were 1,175 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 202 in intensive care, 80 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 156,481 to 8pm for that day.
• There were 27,871 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 2,917,049 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 4,876,369 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 7,793,418 vaccinations.[224]

On 9 September, the NSW state government announced that when full vaccination levels reached 70%, those who are fully vaccinated would have greater freedoms than others. This 70% level was predicted to happen in mid-October.[226]

Also on 9 September, the state government announced that NSW would be unable to host the 2021 NRL Grand Final, originally set for 3 October at Stadium Australia due to "the current Covid-19 situation in Greater Sydney and across the state". The event will instead be held in Brisbane, Queensland at Suncorp Stadium.[227]

In the 24 hours up to 8pm on 10 September, there were 8 more deaths of confirmed COVID cases:[228]

  • a man in his 30s from western Sydney at home
  • 2 men, one in his 50s, one in his 70s at RNSH
  • a man in his 70s at Blacktown Hospital
  • a man in his 40s at home
  • a man in his 80s at Liverpool Hospital
  • a woman in her 80s at Campbelltown Hospital
  • a woman in her 80s at Sutherland Hospital

The first 4 were from Sydney's west, 3 south west, and the southern suburbs.[228] The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 226 since the beginning of the pandemic, 170 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[228]
National deaths rose to 1,084.

By 10 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were at 1,542, another daily record, and brought total new cases reported since 16 June, during the Delta outbreak, to 34,804. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 40,427. No new cases were acquired overseas.
• Of the new cases: 506 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 134 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 402 Western Sydney LHD, 199 Sydney LHD, 30 Northern Sydney LHD, 88 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 13 Hunter New England LHD, 28 Western NSW LHD, 5 Far West LHD, 38 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 26 Central Coast LHD, 3 Southern NSW LHD, and 49 were in "correctional settings". 21 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[225]
• There were 1,156 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 207 in intensive care, 89 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 133,226 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 14,553,757 tests.
• There were 27,871 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 2,948,884 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 4,953,385 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 7,902,269 vaccinations.[225]

Regional lockdown partially lifted

On 11 September at 12:01am, many areas of regional NSW came out of lockdown (stay-at-home orders lifted) as planned, after the last extension. Those areas were ones which had no cases of COVID for 14 days, and were also deemed low-risk. Even 'out' of lockdown many restrictions will remain in effect.[229] The lockdown started on 14 August,[93] and was extended several times.[178]
Within a week Yass, Albury, Lismore, Hilltops and Glen Innes LGAs all had stay-at-home orders re-introduced,[230][231][232] and by 21 September the Cowra, Kempsey, Byron and Tweed Shires' LGAs were also again under stay-at-home orders.[233][234]
On 28 September the Port Macquarie and Muswellbrook Shire LGAs were both placed back into lockdown.[235]

In the 24 hours up to 8pm on 11 September, there were 7 more deaths of confirmed COVID cases:[236]

  • a man in his 20s at Nepean Hospital
  • a man in his 50s at Westmead Hospital
  • a woman in her 40s at Campbelltown Hospital
  • a woman in her 50s at St George Hospital
  • 3 people: a man in his 70s, a man in his 80s, and a woman in her 80s, all at Liverpool Hospital

The first 2 people were from western Sydney, the last 5 all from south western Sydney.[236] The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 233 since the beginning of the pandemic, 177 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[236]
National deaths rose to 1,091.

By 11 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 rose to 1,599, a NSW and Australian record high, and brought total new cases reported, during the state's Delta outbreak (since 16 June) to 36,374.[228] The record of 1,599 stood until 4 October when Victoria had 1,763 new cases.[237]
• The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 42,000. 4 new cases were acquired overseas.
• Of the new cases: 490 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 177 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 444 Western Sydney LHD, 192 Sydney LHD, 57 Northern Sydney LHD, 94 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 10 Hunter New England LHD, 16 Western LHD, 13 Far West LHD, 37 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 27 Central Coast LHD, 2 Southern LHD, and 7 were in "correctional settings". 33 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[228]
• There were 1,164 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 221 in intensive care, 94 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 147,975 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 14,701,732 tests.
• There were 32,150 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 2,981,034 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 5,035,771 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 8,016,805 vaccinations.[228]

In the 24 hours up to 8pm on 12 September, there were another 7 deaths of confirmed COVID cases:[238]

  • a woman in her 60s at Campbelltown Hospital
  • a man in his 80s at Sutherland Hospital
  • a man in his 90s at Liverpool Hospital
  • a man in his 80s at St Vincent’s Hospital
  • a woman in her 90s at Concord Hospital
  • a man in his 80s at Nepean Hospital, who acquired his infection at Hawkesbury Living Aged Care
    - the second death linked to an outbreak there.
  • a man in his 90s at St Mary’s Villa Aged Care, where he acquired his infection

The first 3 people were from south western Sydney, then inner-, inner west-, and north west Sydney, lastly Dubbo.[238] The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 240 since the beginning of the pandemic, 184 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[238]
National deaths rose to 1,098.

By 12 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 1,262, which brought total new cases reported, during the state's Delta outbreak (since 16 June) to 37,621. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 43,247. No new cases were acquired overseas.
• Of the new cases: 399 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 161 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 336 Western Sydney LHD, 135 Sydney LHD, 25 Northern Sydney LHD, 80 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 7 Hunter New England LHD, 14 Western LHD, 5 Far West LHD, 53 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 33 Central Coast LHD. None were in "correctional settings". 11 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[236]
• There were 1,206 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 220 in intensive care, 92 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 105,505 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 14,807,237 tests.
• There were 27,114 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,008,148 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 5,119,604 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 8,127,752 vaccinations.[236]

In the 24 hours up to 8pm on 13 September, there were 2 deaths of confirmed COVID cases:[239]

  • a man in his 50s at Concord Hospital
  • a woman in her 80s at Ryde Hospital

Both were from western Sydney.[239] The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 242 since the beginning of the pandemic, 186 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[239]
National deaths rose to 1,102, as there were also 2 deaths in Victoria.

By 13 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 1,257, which brought total new cases reported, during the state's Delta outbreak (since 16 June) to 38,856. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 44,485. 3 new cases were acquired overseas.
• Of the new cases: 427 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 127 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 314 Western Sydney LHD, 181 Sydney LHD, 22 Northern Sydney LHD, 78 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 18 Hunter New England LHD, 12 Western LHD, 7 Far West LHD, 27 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 16 Central Coast LHD and 2 from Southern LHD. 8 were in "correctional settings". 18 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[238]
• There were 1,189 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 222 in intensive care, 94 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 137,668 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 14,944,905 tests.
• There were 21,892 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,030,040 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 5,159,600 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 8,189,640 vaccinations.[238]

On 14 September, there were 12 deaths of confirmed COVID cases in the 24 hours up to 8pm:[240]

  • a woman in her 30s at Royal North Shore Hospital
  • 2 people, a man in his 50s, a woman in her 50s at Westmead Hospital
  • a man in his 60s at Liverpool Hospital
  • 2 women, one in her 70s, one in her 80s, at Campbelltown Hospital
  • a woman in her 60s at home
  • a woman in her 70s at Prince of Wales Hospital
  • 2 men, one in his 60s, one in his 90s at Westmead Hospital
  • a woman in her 80s at Blacktown Hospital
  • a man in his 70s at Liverpool Hospital

The first 6 were from south western, next 2 south eastern, the last 4 from western Sydney.[240] The total number of COVID related in NSW was now 254 since the beginning of the pandemic, 198 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[240]
National deaths rose to 1,114.

By 14 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 1,127, which brought total new cases reported, during the state's Delta outbreak (since 16 June) to 39,954. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 45,593. 8 new cases were acquired overseas.[239]
• Of the new cases: 379 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 152 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 283 Western Sydney LHD, 148 Sydney LHD, 25 Northern Sydney LHD, 58 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 14 Hunter New England LHD, 14 Western LHD, 5 Far West LHD, 17 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 9 Central Coast LHD and 4 from Southern LHD. 8 were in "correctional settings". 11 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[239]
• There were 1,253 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 231 in intensive care, 104 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 114,084 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 15,058,989 tests.
• There were 27,367 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,057,407 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 5,178,127 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 8,235,534 vaccinations.[239]

Yass lockdown

On 14 September, Yass Valley Council LGA was placed back into lockdown, 3 days after the regional lockdown lifted there, with stay-at-home orders effective from 12:01am. This followed a local case of COVID-19, and also virus detection in sewage. This lockdown is due to last for 2 weeks and applied to all residents, and anyone who visited the LGA on, or after, 9 September.[230]

On 15 September, there was again 12 deaths of confirmed COVID cases in the 24 hours up to 8pm:[241]

  • a woman in her 60s at home
  • a man in his 60s at Northern Beaches Hospital
  • a woman in her 80s at Concord Hospital
  • a man in his 70 at Campbelltown Hospital
  • a woman in her 60s at Prince of Wales Hospital
  • 2 people, man in his 40s and a woman in her 70s at Nepean Hospital
  • a man in his 60s at Northern Beaches Hospital
  • 3 people, a man in his 50s, and 2 woman in their 80s at Westmead Hospital
  • a man in his 90s, also at Westmead Hospital, who was infected at Hardi Guildford Aged Care
    – the second death linked to an outbreak there

The first 4 were from south western, 1 south eastern, and the last 7 from western Sydney.[241] 10 of the 12 were not vaccinated.[242] The total number of COVID related in NSW was now 266 since the beginning of the pandemic, 210 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[241]
National deaths rose to 1,128.

By 15 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 1,259, which brought total new cases reported since 16 June, during the state's Delta outbreak, to 41,177. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 46,818. 2 new cases were acquired overseas.[240]
• Of the new cases: 366 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 156 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 310 Western Sydney LHD, 172 Sydney LHD, 38 Northern Sydney LHD, 82 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 27 Hunter New England LHD, 6 Western LHD, 10 Far West LHD, 46 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 11 Central Coast LHD, 7 Southern LHD and 2 from Murrumbidgee LHD. 10 were in "correctional settings". 16 not yet assigned to any LHD.[240]
• There were 1,241 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 234 in intensive care, 108 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 137,498 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 15,196,487 tests.
• There were 30,776 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,088,183 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 5,263,946 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 8,352,129 vaccinations.[240]

Albury – Lismore lockdown

On 16 September, the LGAs of City of Albury which borders Victoria, and City of Lismore in NSWs north-east, were both placed back into lockdown with stay-at-home orders effective from 6pm. This occurred less than 6 days after the regional NSW lockdown covering both areas was lifted on 11 September. It applied to all residents, and anyone who visited Albury since 10 September, and Lismore since 7 September. This step was due to what the NSW Health department called "an increased COVID-19 public health risk.".[231] The lockdown was due to last for 7 days, but the stay-at-home requirement was lifted early, after midnight on 22 September.[243]

Also on 16 September, from 1pm stay-at-home orders were lifted in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of: Bega, Blayney, Bogan, Cabonne, Dungog, Forbes, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Parkes, Singleton, Snowy Monaro and Upper Hunter.[244]

On 16 September there were again 12 deaths, for the third consecutive day, of confirmed COVID cases in the 24 hours up to 8pm. 7 of the 12 were not vaccinated, 2 partly vaccinated, 3 were fully vaccinated. They included:[245]

  • a woman in her 20s at Nepean Hospital
– She had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions
  • 2 people, a man in his 50s, a woman in her 80s (both unvaccinated) at their homes
– Their COVID-19 infections were only diagnosed after their deaths
  • a woman in her 20s (not vaccinated) at Gosford Hospital, residing at the Life Without Barriers group home where she was infected
  • a woman in her 80s (fully vaccinated) at Holy Spirit aged care
    – the first death linked to an outbreak there
  • 2 people, a woman in her 90s (fully vaccinated), a man in his 80s, (partially vaccinated), both at St Mary's Villa aged care
– There are now 3 deaths associated with an outbreak there

The first 3 were from western Sydney, 1 Wyong, the last 3 from Dubbo.[245] The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 278 since the beginning of the pandemic, 222 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[245]
Including a single death in Victoria,[246] national deaths rose to 1,141.

By 16 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 1,351, which brought total new cases reported since 16 June, during the state's Delta outbreak, to 42,511. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 48,152. No new cases were acquired overseas.[241]
• Of the new cases: 337 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 154 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 337 Western Sydney LHD, 163 Sydney LHD, 37 Northern Sydney LHD, 59 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 16 Hunter New England LHD, 27 Western LHD, 2 Far West LHD, 44 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 23 Central Coast LHD, 3 Southern LHD and 1 from Northern NSW LHD. 18 were in "correctional settings". 14 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[241]
• There were 1,231 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 231 in intensive care, 108 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 129,266 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 15,325,753 tests.
• There were 29,976 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,118,159 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 5,338,096 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 8,456,255 vaccinations.[241]

Also by 16 September at 11:59pm, more than 50% of the over-16 population in NSW were fully vaccinated. Over 81% had received one dose.[247]

Hilltops and Glen Innes lockdowns

On 17 September the Hilltops Council and Glen Innes Severn LGAs were both placed back into lockdown with stay-at-home orders effective from 6pm. The lockdown was due to last for 7 days due to "an increased COVID-19 public health risk." The stay-at-home orders applied to residents, or visitors to Hilltops, including Young and adjoining areas since 3 September, and Glen Innes, since 13 September.[232] The Hilltops lockdown was extended by 7 days on 23 September.[248]

On 17 September there were 6 deaths of confirmed COVID cases in the 24 hours up to 8pm. 3 of the 6 were not vaccinated, 3 were partly vaccinated. They included:[247]

  • 1 person in their 40s, 1 in their 60s, 2 in their 70s, and 2 were in their 80s
  • a man in his 70s from western Sydney had acquired his infection overseas

They were four women and two men, coming from south western and western Sydney. The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 284 since the beginning of the pandemic, 228 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[247]
National deaths rose to 1,148.

By 17 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 1,284, which brought total new cases reported since 16 June, during the state's Delta outbreak, to 43,779. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 49,422. 2 new cases were acquired overseas.[245]
• Of the new cases: 429 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 141 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 322 Western Sydney LHD, 129 Sydney LHD, 36 Northern Sydney LHD, 60 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 24 Hunter New England LHD, 15 Western LHD, 5 Far West LHD, 36 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 27 Central Coast LHD, 17 Southern NSW LHD and 1 from Murrumbidgee LHD. 11 were in "correctional settings". 31 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[245]
• There were 1,245 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 228 in intensive care, 112 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 155,334 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 15,573,011 tests.
• There were 32,804 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,150,963 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 5,452,497 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 8,603,460 vaccinations.[245]

On 18 September there were 13 deaths, the state's second highest COVID-19 death toll in a 24-hour period, of confirmed cases up to 8pm.[249] 9 of the 12 were not vaccinated, 2 were partly vaccinated, 2 were fully vaccinated. They included:[250]

  • 1 person in their 40s, 2 their 50s, 2 their 60s, 5 their 70s, and 3 in their 80s
  • a man in his 40s, at home
    – unvaccinated, his infection was diagnosed after his death
  • a man in his 60s, at home,
    – had received one vaccine dose, and had underlying health conditions
  • a woman in her 60s at Ryde Hospital
    – the first death linked to an outbreak at Gallipoli Home aged care
  • a woman in her 70s at Holy Spirit aged care, Dubbo
    – the second death linked an outbreak there
  • 2 people, a man in his 80s and a woman in her 70s
    – each had received two vaccine doses, and both with underlying health conditions

There were 4 women and 9 men, 2 from south western Sydney, 5 western, 2 northern, 1 southern and 2 inner city Sydney, plus 1 from Dubbo. The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 297 since the beginning of the pandemic, 241 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[250]
National deaths rose to 1,162.

By 18 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 1,331, which brought total new cases reported since 16 June, during the state's Delta outbreak, to 45,085. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 50,730. 2 new cases were acquired overseas.[247]
• Of the new cases: 400 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 164 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 326 Western Sydney LHD, 160 Sydney LHD, 40 Northern Sydney LHD, 47 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 30 Hunter New England LHD, 17 Western LHD, 6 Far West LHD, 75 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 29 Central Coast LHD, 8 Southern NSW LHD and 4 from Murrumbidgee LHD. 8 were in "correctional settings". 17 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[247]
• There were 1,219 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 233 in intensive care, 123 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 120,954 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 15,693,965 tests.
• There were 32,994 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,183,957 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 5,536,771 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 8,720,728 vaccinations.[247]

On 19 September there were 4 deaths of confirmed COVID cases in the 24 hours up to 8pm. They were:[251]

  • 2 men in their 60s at Liverpool Hospital
  • a man in his 80s at Nepean Hospital
    – the second death linked to Uniting Edinglassie Lodge Residential Aged Care in Penrith
  • a woman in her 80s at Wollongong Hospital

The first 2 were from south western Sydney, next western Sydney, the last from Wollongong. The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 301 since the beginning of the pandemic, 245 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[251]
National deaths rose to 1,166.

By 19 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 1,083, which brought total new cases reported since 16 June, during the state's Delta outbreak, to 46,151. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 51,797. 2 new cases were acquired overseas.[250]
• Of the new cases: 302 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 159 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 293 Western Sydney LHD, 115 Sydney LHD, 26 Northern Sydney LHD, 48 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 13 Hunter New England LHD, 8 Western LHD, 10 Far West LHD, 64 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 20 Central Coast LHD, 7 Southern NSW, 3 Mid North Coast LHD, and 1 Northern NSW LHD. 8 were in "correctional settings". 6 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[250]
• There were 1,238 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 234 in intensive care, 123 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 99,782 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 15,793,747 tests.
• There were 31,934 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,215,891 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 5,631,627 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 8,847,518 vaccinations.[250]

Cowra lockdown

On 20 September, from 5pm the Cowra Shire LGA was placed back into lockdown with stay-at-home orders in place. The lockdown was due to last for 7 days and followed "an increased COVID-19 public health risk." The stay-at-home order applied to residents, or visitors to Cowra, since 13 September.[233] On 27 September the lockdown was extended by 7 days.[252]

On 20 September there were 10 deaths of confirmed COVID cases in the 24 hours up to 8pm.[253] Of the ten, 6 were not vaccinated, 2 partly vaccinated. The last 2, a woman in her 90s and a man in his 80s were fully vaccinated, but both had serious underlying health conditions. The deaths included:[253]

  • 1 person in their 50s, 1 in their 60s, 2 in their 70s, 5 in their 80s and 1 in their 90s
  • a man in his 80s at Hornsby Hospital, where he acquired his infection
  • a man in his 80s at Concord Hospital, he was infected at Canterbury Hospital
  • a woman in her 90s at Westmead Hospital
    – the third death linked to an outbreak at Hardi Guildford Aged Care

6 were from south western Sydney, 1 western Sydney, 1 south eastern Sydney, 1 northern Sydney and 1 north west Sydney. The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 311 since the beginning of the pandemic, 255 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[253]
National deaths rose to 1,178.

By 20 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 935, the first time new cases dropped below 1,000 since 27 August.[251][254] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak rose to 47,058. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 52,705. 1 new case was acquired overseas.[251]
• Of the new cases: 275 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 111 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 219 Western Sydney LHD, 102 Sydney LHD, 50 Northern Sydney LHD, 49 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 24 Hunter New England LHD, 10 Western LHD, 2 Far West LHD, 45 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 19 Central Coast LHD, 7 Southern NSW LHD, and 3 Murrumbidgee LHD. 10 were in "correctional settings". 9 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[251]
• There were 1,207 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 236 in intensive care, 123 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 124,650 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 15,918,397 tests.
• There were 23,156 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,239,047 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 5,683,302 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 8,922,349 vaccinations.[251]

On 21 September there were 5 deaths of confirmed COVID cases in the 24 hours up to 8pm.[255] 2 of the 5, were not vaccinated, 2 partly vaccinated. The last, a woman in her 80s, was fully vaccinated but had underlying health conditions. The deaths included:[255]

  • 2 people in their 50s, 1 in their 60s, 1 in their 70s, and 1 in their 80s
  • a woman in her 50s at home, her infection diagnosed after her death in western Sydney

2 were from south western-, and 1 western-, Sydney, 1 the Wollongong region and the last the Kiama region. The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 316 since the beginning of the pandemic, 260 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[255]
National deaths rose to 1,186.

Friends bubble

From mid-day on 21 September, those aged 18 and less living in areas of concern, and areas under stay-at-home rules, can create a 3-person 'friends bubble' to visit each other for play activities. Rules to the bubble are:[256]

  • child can have 2 designated friends come to their home
    • These 2 friends must always be the same 2 friends, creating a 3-person 'friends bubble'
  • all adults (over 18 years) in all the households to be fully vaccinated
  • friends must live within 5km of each other, or in the same LGA
  • parents/carers dropping children off, may not interact with other parents/carers[256]
Kempsey - Byron - Tweed lockdowns

Also on 21 September, from 5pm the Kempsey Shire, Byron Shire and Tweed Shire LGAs in the state's north were placed back into lockdown with stay-at-home orders re-implemented. The lockdown was due to last for 7 days and followed "an increased COVID-19 public health risk." The stay-at-home orders applied to residents, or visitors to:[234]

  • Kempsey LGA since 14 September
  • Byron LGA since 18 September
  • Tweed LGA since 18 September

By 21 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were up again to 1,022.[253] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak rose to 48,061. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 53,709. 1 new case was acquired overseas.[253]
• Of the new cases: 368 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 105 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 226 Western Sydney LHD, 102 Sydney LHD, 40 Northern Sydney LHD, 44 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 18 Hunter New England LHD, 7 Western LHD, 6 Far West LHD, 50 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 27 Central Coast LHD, 9 Southern NSW LHD, 5 Murrumbidgee LHD, 1 Northern NSW LHD. 5 were in "correctional settings". 9 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[253]
• There were 1,266 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 244 in intensive care, 118 requiring ventilation.[253] The number hospitalised was a record, until 3 January 2022, when 1,344 were hospitalised.[257]
• COVID-19 tests were 121,661 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 16,040,058 tests.
• There were 35,216 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,274,263 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 5,706,925 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 8,981,188 vaccinations.[253]

On 22 September there were 6 deaths of confirmed COVID cases in the 24 hours up to 8pm.[13] 4 of the 6, were not vaccinated. One, a woman in her 90s was partly vaccinated. The last, a woman in her 50s, was fully vaccinated but had significant underlying health conditions. The deaths included:[13]

  • 4 women and 2 men
  • a woman in her 90s at St Mary's Villa Aged Care in Dubbo where she acquired her infection
    – the fourth death linked to an outbreak there
  • 2 were from south western-, 3 western-, Sydney and the last from Dubbo

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 322 since the beginning of the pandemic, 266 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[13]
National deaths rose to 1,196.

By 22 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were up again to 1,035.[255] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak rose to 49,082. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 54,730. No new case was acquired overseas.[255]
• Of the new cases: 312 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 126 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 211 Western Sydney LHD, 100 Sydney LHD, 41 Northern Sydney LHD, 62 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 45 Hunter New England LHD, 9 Western LHD, 3 Far West LHD, 62 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 35 Central Coast LHD, 5 Southern NSW LHD, and 1 Mid North Coast LHD. 3 were in "correctional settings". 20 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[255]
• There were 1,232 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 242 in intensive care, 122 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 133,839 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 16,173,897 tests.
• There were 34,848 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,309,111 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 5,797,457 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 9,106,568 vaccinations.[255]

On 22 September at midnight, stay-at-home orders were lifted in the Albury and Lismore LGAs, a day earlier than originally scheduled. Other rules remained in force.[243]

On 23 September there were 11 deaths of confirmed COVID cases in the 24 hours up to 8pm.[258] 10 were not vaccinated, 1 was fully vaccinated. The deaths included:[258]

  • 1 person in their 40s, 2 their 50s, 1 their 60s, 6 their 80s, and 1 in their 90s
    – all had underlying medical conditions
  • an Aboriginal man at Broken Hill Base Hospital
    – not vaccinated
    – close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • 2 people, a woman in her 80s, a man in his 40s, at their homes
    – both unvaccinated
    – her infection was linked to an outbreak at a social housing complex

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 333 since the beginning of the pandemic, 277 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[258]
National deaths rose to 1,208.

By 23 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 rose again, to 1,063.[13] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak rose to 50,123. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 55,773. One new case was acquired overseas, and one from interstate.[13]
• Of the new cases: 294 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 119 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 220 Western Sydney LHD, 139 Sydney LHD, 43 Northern Sydney LHD, 64 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 41 Hunter New England LHD, 11 Western LHD, 7 Far West LHD, 65 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 32 Central Coast LHD, 2 Southern NSW LHD, 1 Northern NSW and 1 Mid North Coast LHD. 9 were in "correctional settings". 13 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[13]
• There were 1,244 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 233 in intensive care, 112 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 139,182 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 16,313,079 tests.
• There were 35,121 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,344,232 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 5,889,831 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 9,234,063 vaccinations.[13]

On 23 September at midnight, stay-at-home orders were lifted in the Brewarrina Shire and Gilgandra Shire LGAs as they had been declared low-risk, and had no cases or sewage detection of COVID-19 for 2 weeks. Other restrictions will remain in force. The two LGAs had been locked-down since 11 August.[171] Narromine Shire LGA has also been declared low-risk, and the lockdown there is due to be lifted on 25 September, provided there are no cases or sewage detection of COVID-19.[259]

Also on 23 September, the lockdown in Hilltops was extended by 7 days, according to NSW Health, "… due to ongoing transmission in the area".[248]

On 24 September there was again 11 deaths of confirmed COVID cases in the 24 hours up to 8pm.[260] 9 were not vaccinated, 2 were partially vaccinated. The deaths included:[260]

  • 10 men and 1 woman
  • 1 person in their 40s, 1 their 50s, 2 their 60s, 3 their 70s, 3 their 80s, and 1 in their 90s
    – 8 had underlying medical conditions
  • 3 people, a man in his 40s, a man in his 50s, a woman in her 80s, at home
    – their COVID-19 infections were diagnosed after death
  • a man in his 70s, a resident of Uniting Springwood Residential Aged Care
    – he was not vaccinated
  • 5 were from south western-, 2 south eastern-, 1 western-, 2 -Sydney, 1 the Blue Mountains

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 344 since the beginning of the pandemic, 288 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[260]
National deaths, including 1 death in Victoria, rose to 1,220.

By 24 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were down to 1,043.[258] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak rose to 51,148. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 56,799. One new case was acquired overseas.[258]
• Of the new cases: 256 were from South Western Sydney LHD, 123 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 211 Western Sydney LHD, 107 Sydney LHD, 44 Northern Sydney LHD, 58 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 38 Hunter New England LHD, 32 Western LHD, 11 Far West LHD, 103 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 35 Central Coast LHD, 3 Southern LHD, 5 Murrumbidgee LHD, and 1 Mid North Coast LHD. 4 were in "correctional settings". 12 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[258]
• There were 1,186 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 232 in intensive care, 110 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 131,668 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 16,444,747 tests.
• There were 32,275 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,376,507 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 5,979,932 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 9,356,439 vaccinations.[258]

On 25 September there were 9 deaths of confirmed COVID cases in the 24 hours up to 8pm.[261] 8 were not vaccinated, 1 was partially vaccinated. The deaths included:[261]

  • 6 men and 3 women
  • 1 person in their 40s, 2 their 60s, 2 their 70s, 4 their 80s
  • 3 were from south western-, 4 western-, 1 inner west-, 1 inner city Sydney

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 353 since the beginning of the pandemic, 297 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[261]
National deaths rose to 1,231

By 25 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were down to 1,007.[260] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak rose to 52,143. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 57,794. No new case was acquired overseas.[260]
• Of the new cases: 308 (+14) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 82 (-41) South Eastern Sydney LHD, 214 Western Sydney LHD, 103 Sydney LHD, 56 (-12) Northern Sydney LHD, 66 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 31 Hunter New England LHD, 20 (-12) Western LHD, 6 Far West LHD, 70 (-33) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 31 Central Coast LHD, 4 Southern LHD, 3 Murrumbidgee LHD, and 1 Mid North Coast LHD. 3 were in "correctional settings". 9 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[260]
• There were 1,187 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 229 in intensive care, 118 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 108,105 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 16,552,852 tests.
• There were 36,426 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,412,933 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 6,076,367 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 9,489,300 vaccinations.[260]

On 26 September there were 12 deaths of confirmed COVID cases in the 24 hours up to 8pm.[262] 6 were not vaccinated, 5 were partially vaccinated, 1 was fully vaccinated. The deaths included:[261]

  • 6 men and 6 women
  • 4 people in their 60s, 2 their 70s, 4 their 80s, 2 in their 90s
  • 5 were from south western-, 2 western-, 2 south eastern-, 1 inner west-, 1 eastern suburbs, of Sydney, 1 from Wollongong

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 365 since the beginning of the pandemic, 309 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[262]
National deaths rose to 1,245, including deaths in Victoria and the ACT.

On 26 September the 60% level of eligible residents being fully vaccinated was reached.[14]

By 26 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the prior 24 hours were down again, to 961.[261] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak rose to 53,088. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 58,742. 3 new cases were acquired overseas.[261]
• Of the new cases: 246 (-62) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 102 (+20) South Eastern Sydney LHD, 206 Western Sydney LHD, 96 Sydney LHD, 36 (-20) Northern Sydney LHD, 82 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 45 (-13) Hunter New England LHD, 21 Western LHD, 5 Far West LHD, 75 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 30 Central Coast LHD, and 11 Southern LHD. 2 were in "correctional settings". 4 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[261]
• There were 1,146 (-41) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 222 in intensive care, 117 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 106,451 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 16,659,303 tests.
• There were 33,776 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,446,709 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 6,173,247 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 9,619,956 vaccinations.[261]

On 27 September there were 7 deaths of confirmed COVID cases in the 24 hours up to 8pm.[263] 1 was not vaccinated, 3 were partially vaccinated, 3 were fully vaccinated. The deaths included:[263]

  • 4 men and 3 women
  • 1 person in their 40s, 1 their 50s, 2 their 70s, 2 their 80s, 1 in their 90s
  • 2 were from south western-, 3 western-, 1 northern Sydney, and 1 from Dubbo

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 372 since the beginning of the pandemic, 316 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[263]
National deaths rose to 1,256, including 4 deaths in Victoria.[264]

Also on 27 September, Cowra was due to come out of lockdown at midnight, but "due to the risk of ongoing COVID-19 transmission" it was extended to 12:01am on 5 October.[252]

By 27 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 787, down by 174 cases on the previous 24 hours.[262] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak rose to 53,865. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 59,520. 1 new case was acquired overseas.[262]
• Of the new cases: 239 (-7) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 73 (-29) South Eastern Sydney LHD, 158 (-48) Western Sydney LHD, 74 (-22) Sydney LHD, 16 (-20) Northern Sydney LHD, 43 (-39) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 46 Hunter New England LHD, 24 Western LHD, 4 Far West LHD, 63 (-12) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 29 Central Coast LHD, 9 Southern LHD, and 1 Mid North Coast LHD. 4 were in "correctional settings". 4 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[262]
• There were 1,155 (+9) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 214 in intensive care, 115 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 93,577 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 16,752,880 tests.
• There were 19,184 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,465,893 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 6,228,106 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 9,693,999 vaccinations.[262]

Record daily deaths

On 28 September there were 15 deaths of confirmed COVID cases to 8pm, the state's highest COVID-19 death toll in a 24-hour period.[7] 9 were not vaccinated, 5 were partially vaccinated, 1 had received 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths included:[7]

  • 8 men and 7 women
  • 2 people in their 40s, 2 their 50s, 4 their 60s, 3 their 70s, 1 their 80s, 3 in their 90s
  • a man in his 40s at Nepean Hospital
    – not vaccinated
    – underlying health conditions
  • 2 people, a man in his 60s, a woman in her 90s
    – both were infected at Liverpool Hospital
  • 2 people at home:
    • a man in his 40s, receiving community care from Hunter New England Local Health District
      – not vaccinated
      – underlying health conditions
    • a woman in her 70s
      – had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, the second shortly before she died
      – underlying health conditions
      – diagnosed with COVID-19 after death
  • 11 were from Sydney: 5 south western, 3 western, 1 inner west, 1 south eastern, and 1 eastern suburban Sydney
    • 4 were from: Bateman's Bay, Dubbo, Lake Macquarie and Newcastle

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 387 since the beginning of the pandemic, 331 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[7]
National deaths rose to 1,278, including 7 deaths in other states.

Port Macquarie and Muswellbrook lockdowns

Also on 28 September, the Port Macquarie-Hastings and Muswellbrook Shire LGAs were both placed back into lockdown with stay-at-home orders effective from 6pm. The lockdown is due to last for 7 days due to "an increased COVID-19 public health risk." The stay-at-home orders apply to residents, or visitors to Port Macquarie since 17 September, and Muswellbrook since 22 September. That same day the Byron, Kempsey and Tweed Shire LGAs came out of lockdown at midnight as scheduled.[235][265]

By 28 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 863, up by 76 cases on the previous 24 hours.[263] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak rose to 54,714. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 60,372. 2 new cases were acquired overseas, and 1 from interstate.[263]
• Of the new cases: 241 (+2) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 98 (+25) South Eastern Sydney LHD, 161 (+3) Western Sydney LHD, 80 (+6) Sydney LHD, 31(+15) Northern Sydney LHD, 53 (+19) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 63 (+17) Hunter New England LHD, 21 Western LHD, 5 Far West LHD, 62 Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 29 Central Coast LHD, and 14 (+5) Southern LHD. 3 were in "correctional settings". 2 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[263]
• There were 1,155 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 213 in intensive care, 113 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 132,279 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 16,885,159 tests.
• There were 25,942 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,491,835 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 6,250,994 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 9,742,829 vaccinations.[263]

On 29 September there were 6 deaths of confirmed COVID cases to 8pm, down from the previous days' record high of 15 deaths. 4 were not vaccinated, 2 were partially vaccinated. The deaths included:[266]

  • 4 men and 2 women
  • 2 people in their 70s, 2 their 80s, 1 in their 90s
  • 2 were from south western-, 1 western-, 1 inner west-, 1 south eastern-, and 1 north western-Sydney

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 393 since the beginning of the pandemic, 337 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[266]
National deaths rose to at least 1,289, including deaths in other states.

Oberon lockdown

Also on 29 September, Oberon Council LGA went into lockdown at 6pm for 7 days. The stay-at-home orders apply to residents, or visitors to Oberon, since 20 September.[267]

By 29 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 863, the same as in the previous 24 hours.[7] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak rose to 55,570. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 61,231. 3 new cases were acquired overseas, none from interstate.[7]
• Of the new cases: 241 (+14) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 80 (-18) South Eastern Sydney LHD, 187 (+16) Western Sydney LHD, 80 (-12) Sydney LHD, 38 (+7) Northern Sydney LHD, 34 (-19) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 55 (-8) Hunter New England LHD, 24 Western LHD, 5 Far West LHD, 94 (+32) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 23 (-6) Central Coast LHD, 18 (+4) Southern LHD and 2 Northern NSW LHD. 3 were in "correctional settings". 5 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[7]
• There were 1,082 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 212 in intensive care, 108 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 120,281 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 17,005,440 tests.
• There were 26,002 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,517,837 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 6,349,648 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 9,867,485 vaccinations.[7]

On 30 September there were another 15 deaths of confirmed COVID cases to 8pm,[268] matching the states highest 24 hour COVID-19 death toll 2 days earlier on 28 September.[263] 9 were not vaccinated, 1 was partially vaccinated, 5 had received 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths included:[268]

  • 7 men and 8 women
  • 3 people in their 50s, 2 their 60s, 2 their 70s, 6 their 80s, 2 in their 90s
  • a woman in her 50s at home
    – diagnosed with COVID-19 after death
  • 2 who acquired their infections in an aged care facility:
    • a woman in her 80s at Uniting Springwood Aged Care
    • a woman in her 90s at Hawkesbury Living Aged Care
  • 2 who acquired their infections at a hospital:
    • a man in his 80s at the Mater Hospital
    • a woman in her 80s at Westmead Hospital
  • 13 were from Sydney: 4 south western-, 5 western-, 2 inner west-, and 1 south eastern-
    • 3 were from Nepean Blue Mountains

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 408 since the beginning of the pandemic, 352 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[268]
National deaths rose to 1,307.

Also on on 30 September by 11:59pm, at least 65% of the over-16 population in NSW were fully vaccinated. Over 87% had received one dose.[15]

Regional lockdown changes

On 30 September there were multiple changes, including extensions and additions, to stay-at-home orders in NSW regional areas:

  • Stay-at-home orders were put in place for 7 days from 3pm in Snowy Monaro LGA. The orders apply to anyone who was in the LGA since 22 September[269]
  • Stay-at-home orders were put in place until 11 October from 12 midnight in the Kyogle and Narromine LGAs. The orders apply to anyone who was in:[270]
    • Kyogle since 21 September
    • Narromine since 28 September
  • Stay-at-home orders were extended by 7 days in 18 LGA regions, "due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health risk." The areas' lockdowns were due to ease on 4 October, now they will extend to 11 October. The regional LGAs affected are:[269]
    • Bathurst Regional, Bourke, City of Broken Hill, Central Coast, City of Cessnock, Dubbo Regional, Eurobodalla, Goulburn Mulwaree, Kiama, City of Lake Macquarie, City of Lithgow, City of Maitland, City of Newcastle, Port Stephens, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional, City of Shellharbour, City of Shoalhaven, and Wingecarribee
  • Mid-Western Regional, Hilltops and Walgett LGAs[269]
    • Stay-at-home orders lifted on 1 October
  • In Central Darling Shire Council, stay-at-home orders will mostly be lifted on 1 October[269]
    • The exceptions are two towns:
      • Menindee extended for 7 days
      • Wilcannia extended until 11 October[269]

By 30 September new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were up at 941.[266] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak rose to 56,500. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 62,164. 1 new case was acquired overseas, 1 from interstate.[266]
• Of the new cases: 231 (-10) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 93 (+13) South East Sydney LHD, 177 (-10) Western Sydney LHD, 63 (-17) Sydney LHD, 42 (+4) Northern Sydney LHD, 45 (+11) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 82 (+27) Hunter New England LHD, 43 (19) Western LHD, 5 Far West LHD, 82 (-12) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 36 (+13) Central Coast LHD, 26 (+8) Southern LHD and 3 Northern NSW LHD. None were in "correctional settings". 12 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[266]
• There were 1,090 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 213 in intensive care, 105 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 120,993 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 17,126,433 tests.
• There were 26,504 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,544,341 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 6,444,398 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 9,988,739 vaccinations.[266]

October

On 1 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 10 in the 24 hours to 8pm. This was down on 15 the day before, [268][15] which equalled the state's highest 24-hour COVID-19 death toll on 28 September.[7] 4 were not vaccinated, 5 partially vaccinated, 1 had received 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths included:[15]

  • 6 men and 4 women
  • 1 person in their 50s, 3 their 60s, 2 their 70s, 3 their 80s, 1 in their 90s
  • 2 at home:
    • a man in his 60s (inner Sydney)
      – not vaccinated
      – diagnosed with COVID-19 following his death
    • a man in his 80s (Lake Macquarie region)
      – had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
      – underlying health conditions
      – under community care by the LHD
  • a man in his 60s (western Sydney)
    – had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
    – underlying health conditions
    – acquired his infection at Mount Druitt Hospital
  • 8 were from Sydney: 5 south western-, 2 western-, 1 inner city- Sydney
    • 1 from Wollongong, 1 Lake Macquarie region

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 418 since the beginning of the pandemic, 362 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[15]
National deaths rose to 1,321, including 5 deaths interstate.

Casino lockdown

Also on 1 October, the town of Casino in the Northern Rivers region went into lockdown at midnight until 11 October. The stay-at-home orders apply to residents, or visitors to Casino since 24 September.[271]

By 1 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were down to 864.[268] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak rose to 57,357. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 63,023. 1 new case was acquired overseas, 1 from interstate.[268]
• Of the new cases: 188 (-43) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 83 (-10) South East Sydney LHD, 167 (-10) Western Sydney LHD, 45 (-18) Sydney LHD, 35 (-7) Northern Sydney LHD, 44 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 69 (-13) Hunter New England LHD, 48 (+5) Western LHD, 7 Far West LHD, 96 (+14) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 36 Central Coast LHD, 20 (-6) Southern LHD and 3 Northern NSW LHD. 4 were in "correctional settings". 7 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[268]
• There were 1,055 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 210 in intensive care, 104 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 112,334 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 17,238,767 tests.
• There were 26,530 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,570,871 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 6,531,099 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 10,101,970 vaccinations.[268]

On 2 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 10 in the 24 hours to 8pm.[272] This was the same as the day before, but down on the 15 before that,[15] which equalled the state's highest 24-hour COVID-19 death toll on 28 September.[7] 4 were not vaccinated, 4 partially vaccinated, 2 had received 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths included:[272]

  • 4 men and 6 women
  • 2 people in their 50s, 4 their 60s, 2 their 70s, 2 their 80s
  • 2 at home:
    • a woman in her 50s (Eastern Suburbs)
      – had one dose of COVID-19 vaccine
      – diagnosed with COVID-19 after death
    • a man in his 60s (Wollongong)
      – not vaccinated
      – underlying health conditions
  • a woman in her 60s at Westmead Hospital
    – Her infection is associated with Mount Druitt Hospital, the second death linked to an outbreak there
  • a man in his 80s (western Sydney) at Auburn Hospital
    – had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
    – underlying health conditions
    – acquired his infection at Hardi Aged Care, the fifth death linked to an outbreak there
  • a woman in her 80s (western Sydney) at Campbelltown Hospital
    – had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
    – acquired her infection at Northcourt Aged Care, the first death in an outbreak there
  • 8 were from Sydney: 3 south western-, 1 south eastern-, 3 western-, 1 eastern suburban- Sydney
    • 1 from Wollongong, 1 Nepean Blue Mountains region

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 428 since the beginning of the pandemic, 372 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[272]
National deaths rose to 1,334, including 3 deaths interstate.

By 2 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were down at 813.[15] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak rose to 58,158. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 63,825. 1 new case was acquired overseas, none from interstate.[15]
• Of the new cases: 196 (+8) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 71 (-12) South East Sydney LHD, 155 (-12) Western Sydney LHD, 73 (+28) Sydney LHD, 29 (-6) Northern Sydney LHD, 42 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 65 (-4) Hunter New England LHD, 19 (-29) Western LHD, 6 Far West LHD, 72 (-24) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 30 (-6) Central Coast LHD, 27 (+7) Southern LHD and 8 (+5) Northern NSW LHD. 6 were in "correctional settings". 8 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[15]
• There were 1,005 (-50) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 202 in intensive care, 99 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 98,266 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 17,337,033 tests.
• There were 23,636 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,594,507 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 6,625,201 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 10,219,708 vaccinations.[15]

On 3 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 6 in the 24 hours to 8pm.[273] This was 4 less than the day before, and the day before that.[272] 4 were not vaccinated, 1 partially vaccinated, 1 had received 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths included:[273]

  • 3 men and 3 women
  • 1 person in their 40s, 3 their 60s, 1 their 70s, 1 their 90s
  • a woman in her 90s at Hawkesbury Living Nursing Home
    – had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
    – the fifth death linked to an outbreak there
  • a man in his 60s (south-western Sydney) at Campbelltown Hospital
    – acquired his infection at that hospital, the third death in an outbreak there
  • 5 were from Sydney: 3 south western, 2 western
    • 1 Nepean Blue Mountains region

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 434 since the beginning of the pandemic, 378 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[273]
National deaths rose to 1,344, including 4 deaths interstate.

Lismore lockdown

On 3 October, the City of Lismore LGA in the Northern Rivers region went into lockdown, again, at midnight until 11 October. The stay-at-home orders apply to residents who were in, or visitors to, Lismore since 28 September.[274]

By 3 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were down 146 on the previous 24 hours to 667.[272] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak rose to 58,811. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 64,479. 1 new case was acquired overseas, none from interstate.[272]
• Of the new cases: 154 (-42) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 64 (-7) South East Sydney LHD, 109 (-46) Western Sydney LHD, 36 (-37) Sydney LHD, 36 (+7) Northern Sydney LHD, 15 (-27) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 82 (+17) Hunter New England LHD, 34 (+15) Western LHD, 4 Far West LHD, 49 (-23) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 43 (+13) Central Coast LHD, 27 Southern LHD and 6 Northern NSW LHD. 9 were in "correctional settings". 9 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[272]
• There were 981 (-24) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 195 in intensive care, 93 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 88,210 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 17,425,243 tests.
• There were 21,972 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,616,479 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 6,719,201 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 10,335,680 vaccinations.[272]

On 4 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 7 in the 24 hours to 8pm.[275] This was 1 more than the day before, 3 less than the day before that.[273] 5 were not vaccinated, 2 partially vaccinated. The deaths included:[275]

  • 6 men and 1 woman
  • 1 person in their 50s, 2 their 60s, 3 their 70s, 1 their 80s
  • 5 were from Sydney: 5 south western-, 1 western
    • 1 Dubbo

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 441 since the beginning of the pandemic, 385 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[275]
National deaths rose to at least 1,357, including 6 deaths interstate.

By 4 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 623, down by 44 on the previous day.[273] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak rose to 59,419. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 65,090. No new case was acquired overseas, or from interstate.[273]
• Of the new cases: 144 (-10) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 52 (-12) South East Sydney LHD, 103 (-6) Western Sydney LHD, 51 (+15) Sydney LHD, 18 (-18) Northern Sydney LHD, 25 (+10) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 59 (-23) Hunter New England LHD, 23 (-11) Western LHD, 1 (-3) Far West LHD, 77 (+28) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 32 (-11) Central Coast LHD, 21 (-6) Southern LHD, 4 Northern NSW LHD, 3 Mid North Coast LHD, and 1 Murrumbidgee LHD. 3 were in "correctional settings". 6 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[273]
• There were 959 (-22) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 193 in intensive care, 97 requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 88,210 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 17,425,243 tests.
• There were 13,045 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,629,524 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 6,763,470 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 10,392,994 vaccinations.[273]

Lockdown changes

On 4 October there were several lockdown changes in regional NSW:

  • Gunnedah Shire LGA in the North West Slopes region went into lockdown, again, at midnight until 11 October. The stay-at-home orders apply to residents who were in, or visitors to, Gunnedah since 27 September.[276]
  • in the Mid North Coast LGA postcodes 2430 (including Taree), and 2428 (including Forster and Tuncurry), went into lockdown at midnight until 11 October. The stay-at-home orders apply to residents who were in, or visitors to, those areas since 27 September.[277]
  • in Muswellbrook Shire LGA in the Hunter Region their lockdown was extended until 11 October.[277]

On 5 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 10 in the 24 hours to 8pm. This was up on 6 the day before, [275][278] 3 were not vaccinated, 4 partially vaccinated, 3 had received 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths included:[278]

  • 7 men and 3 women
  • 1 person in their 40s, 1 their 60s, 4 their 70s, 2 their 80s, 2 in their 90s
  • 3 men, 1 in his 60s, 2 in their 80s, at Allity Beechwood Aged Care (Revesby) where they were infected
    – the first deaths linked to an outbreak there
  • a man in his 70s at Westmead Hospital
    – linked to an outbreak at Northcourt Aged Care (North Parramatta)
    – the second death linked to this outbreak
  • a woman in her 70s at The Alfred Hospital (Melbourne), acquired her infection in the community
    – transferred to Melbourne for specialist care
  • 8 were from Sydney: 5 south western-, 3 western

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 451 since the beginning of the pandemic, 395 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[278]
National deaths rose to 1,379, including 11 Victorian, and 1 ACT death.

By 5 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 608, down by 15 on the previous day.[275] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak rose to 60,016. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 65,687. No new case was acquired overseas, or from interstate.[275]
• Of the new cases: 183 (+39) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 50 (-2) South East Sydney LHD, 96 (-7) Western Sydney LHD, 40 (-11) Sydney LHD, 24 (+6) Northern Sydney LHD, 24 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 65 (+6) Hunter New England LHD, 8 (-17) Western LHD, 51 (-26) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 28 (-4) Central Coast LHD, 19 (-2) Southern LHD, 6 (+2) Northern NSW LHD, 2 Mid North Coast LHD, and 1 Murrumbidgee LHD. 4 were in "correctional settings". 7 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[275]
• There were 978 (+19) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 190 (-3) in intensive care, 94 (-3)  requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 85,642 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 17,587,777 tests.
• There were 10,741 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,640,265 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 6,782,196 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 10,422,461 vaccinations.[275]

On 6 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 8 in the 24 hours to 8pm. This was 2 down on the day before.[278][279] 5 were not vaccinated, 1 partially vaccinated, 2 had 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine and underlying health conditions.The deaths included:[279]

  • 5 men and 3 women
  • 1 person in their 20s, 1 their 50s, 2 their 60s, 2 their 70s, 2 in their 80s
  • 2 at home:
    • a man in his 20s (western Sydney)
    • a woman in her 80s (south eastern Sydney)
      – both were diagnosed as positive to COVID-19 after their deaths
  • a man in his 70s at Campbelltown Hospital
    – the fourth death linked to an outbreak there
  • 7 were from Sydney: 3 south western-, 1 south eastern-, 2 western-, 1 inner city, -Sydney

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 459 since the beginning of the pandemic, 403 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[279]
National deaths rose to 1,389, including 2 Victorian deaths.

By 6 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 594, down by 14 on the previous day.[278] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak rose to 60,596. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 66,267. No new case was acquired overseas, or from interstate.[278]
• Of the new cases: 144 (-39) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 55 (+5) South East Sydney LHD, 95 (-1) Western Sydney LHD, 44 (+4) Sydney LHD, 15 (-9) Northern Sydney LHD, 33 (+9) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 93 (+28) Hunter New England LHD, 8 (-17) Western LHD, 51 (-) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 30 (+2) Central Coast LHD, 12 (-7) Southern LHD, 3 (-3) Northern NSW LHD, 2 Mid North Coast LHD, and 1 Murrumbdgee LHD. 1 was in "correctional settings". 5 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[278]
• There were 959 (-19) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 188 (-2) in intensive care, 93 (-1)  requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 90,680 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 17,678,457 tests.
• There were 22,987 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,663,252 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 6,795,836 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 10,459,088 vaccinations.[278]

Regional NSW lockdown extensions

On 6 October there were several lockdown extensions in regional NSW LGAs. The areas affected are:[280]

  • Oberon Council
  • Snowy Monaro Regional Council
  • In the Central Darling Shire, the towns of:
    • Menindee
    • Sunset Strip

Existing lockdowns in all these locations were extended until 11 October.[280]

On 7 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 11 in the 24 hours to 8pm. This was 3 up on the day before.[279][16] 7 were not vaccinated, 3 partially vaccinated, 1 had 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths included:[16]

  • 9 men and 2 women
  • 2 people in their 50s, 1 their 60s, 4 their 70s, 4 in their 80s
  • a man in his 80s at Allity Beechwood Aged Care, where he resided and was infected
    – the fourth death linked to an outbreak there
  • all were from Sydney: 5 south western-, 1 south eastern-, 3 western-, 1 inner city-, 1 suburban Lower North Shore Sydney

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 470 since the beginning of the pandemic, 414 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[16]
National deaths rose to 1,405, including 5 interstate deaths.

By 7 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 587, down by 7 on the previous day.[279] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 60,596. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 66,835. No new case was acquired overseas, or from interstate.[279]
• Of the new cases: 119 (-25) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 59 (+4) South East Sydney LHD, 105 (+10) Western Sydney LHD, 2 (+2) Far West LHD, 59 (+15) Sydney LHD, 22 (+7) Northern Sydney LHD, 20 (-13) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 83 (-10) Hunter New England LHD, 7 (-1) Western LHD, 60 (-9) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 21 (-9) Central Coast LHD, 15 (+5) Southern LHD, 7 (+4) Northern NSW LHD, and 4 Murrumbidgee LHD. 1 was in "correctional settings". 3 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[279]
• There were 911 (-48) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 181 (-7) in intensive care, 85 (-8)  requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 112,186 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 17,790,643 tests.
• There were 22,609 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,685,861 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 6,903,516 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 10,589,377 vaccinations.[279]

On 8 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 11 in the 24 hours to 8pm, the same as the day before.[281] 4 were not vaccinated, 4 partially vaccinated, 3 had 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths included:[281]

  • 8 men and 3 women
  • 1 person in their 50s, 1 their 60s, 4 their 70s, 2 their 80s, and 3 in their 90s
  • a woman in her 80s at Allity Beechwood Aged Care, where she was infected
    – the fifth death linked to an outbreak there
  • a woman in her 80s at Hardi Guildford Aged Care, where she was infected
    – the sixth death linked to an outbreak there
  • all were from Sydney: 5 south western, 3 south eastern, 3 western

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 481 since the beginning of the pandemic, 425 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[281]
National deaths rose to 1,421, including 6 interstate deaths.

Also this day, 90% of the eligible population had received at least one vaccine dose.[282]

By 8 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 646, up by 59 on the previous day.[16] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 61,808. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 67,480. 2 new cases were acquired overseas, none from interstate.[16]
• Of the new cases: 136 (+17) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 42 (-17) South East Sydney LHD, 119 (+14) Western Sydney LHD, 2 (+2) Far West LHD, 52 (-7) Sydney LHD, 20 (-2) Northern Sydney LHD, 35 (+15) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 97 (+14) Hunter New England LHD, 16 (-1) Western LHD, 5 (+5) Far West LHD, 48 (-12) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 31 (+10) Central Coast LHD, 25 (+10) Southern LHD, 9 (+2) Northern NSW LHD, and 1 Murrumbidgee LHD. None were in "correctional settings". 7 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[16]
• There were 856 (-55) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 170 (-11) in intensive care, 75 (-10)  requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 103,388 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 17,894,031 tests.
• There were 23,101 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,708,962 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 6,998,187 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 10,707,149 vaccinations.[16]

On 9 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 6, down by 5 on the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[282] 4 were not vaccinated, 1  was partially vaccinated. The deaths included:[282]

  • 6 men, no women
  • 2 men in their 50s, 1 their 60s, and 3 in their 70s
  • a man in his 50s at home (southern New South Wales)
  • a man in his 50s at Canberra Hospital
  • a man in his 70s at St George Hospital, where he was infected
    – the third death linked to an outbreak there
  • a man in his 70s at Nepean Hospital, where he was infected
    – the eighth death linked to an outbreak there
  • 4 were from Sydney: 2 south western, 1 south eastern, 1 western
    • 2 from southern New South Wales

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 487 since the beginning of the pandemic, 431 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[282]
National deaths rose to at least 1,432, including 4 interstate deaths.

By 9 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 580, down by 66 on the previous day.[281] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 62,384. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 68,057. 1 new case was acquired overseas, none from interstate.[281]
• Of the new cases: 130 (-6) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 42 (-) South East Sydney LHD, 74 (-45) Western Sydney LHD, 6 (+4) Far West LHD, 42 (-10) Sydney LHD, 9 (-11) Northern Sydney LHD, 41 (+6) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 98 (+1) Hunter New England LHD, 17 (+1) Western LHD, 6 (+1) Far West LHD, 54 (+6) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 31 (-) Central. Coast LHD, 20 (-5) Southern LHD, and 7 (-2) Northern NSW LHD. 4 were in "correctional settings". 5 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[281]
• There were 812 (-44) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 163 (-7) in intensive care, 75 (-)  requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 79,894 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 17,973,925 tests.
• There were 23,776 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,732,738 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 7,090,455 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 10,823,193 vaccinations.[281]

On 10 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 8, up by 2 on the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[283] Minimal information was published on their vaccination status. The deaths included:[283]

  • 6 men, 2 women
  • 1 person was in their 40s, 1 their 50s, 3 their 60s, 1 their 70s, 1 their 80s, 1 their 90s
  • a woman in her 90s at Liverpool Hospital
    – had 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine
    – underlying health conditions
    – a resident of Allity Beechwood Aged Care where she was infected
    – the sixth death linked to an outbreak there
  • all were from Sydney: 2 south western, 4 western, 1 inner west, 1 suburban north shore

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 495 since the beginning of the pandemic, 439 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[283]
National deaths rose to 1,448, including 8 interstate deaths.

By 10 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 477, down by 103 on the previous day.[282] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 62,847. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 68,523. 1 new case was acquired overseas, 0 from interstate.[282]
• Of the new cases: 106 (-24) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 40 (-2) South East Sydney LHD, 77 (-3) Western Sydney LHD, 32 (-10) Sydney LHD, 20 (+11) Northern Sydney LHD, 20 (-11) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 56 (-42) Hunter New England LHD, 17 (+1) Western LHD, 1 (-5) Far West LHD, 58 (+4) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 25 (-6) Central. Coast LHD, 11 (+11) Southern LHD, and 5 (-2) Northern NSW LHD, and 1 Murrumbidgee LHD. 0 were in "correctional settings". 5 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[282]
• There were 794 (-18) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 159 (-4) in intensive care, 76 (+1)  requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 86,155 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 18,060,080 tests.
• There were 22,296 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,755,034 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 7,186,382 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 10,941,416 vaccinations.[282]

On 11 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 5, down by 3 on the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[284] 3 were not vaccinated, 2 had 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths included:[284]

  • 4 men, 1 women
  • 1 was in their 40s, 1 their 50s, 3 their 80s
  • a man in his 80s at Campbelltown Hospital, a resident of Hawkesbury Living Aged Care, where he was infected
    – had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
    – underlying health conditions
  • a woman in her 80s at Hawkesbury Living Aged Care where she was infected
    – the seventh death linked to an outbreak there
    – had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
    – underlying health conditions
  • 2 were from Sydney: 1 south eastern, 1 western
    • 3 from Nepean Blue Mountains

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 500 since the beginning of the pandemic, 444 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[284]
National deaths rose to 1,461, including 8 interstate deaths.

State lockdown eased

On 11 October, which some news media dubbed "Freedom Day", the 107 day lockdown in NSW was eased, mostly for the fully vaccinated. Stay-at-home orders were removed for them; non-essential retailers, hairdressers, and hospitality venues were among those able to re-open to people who could prove their full-vaccinated status; masks were no longer mandatory in the open, though still required indoors in public places and on public transport.[285][286]

The same day, full COVID-19 vaccination reached 75.2%, and 90.8% had received one dose.[17]

By 11 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 496, up by 22 on the previous day.[283] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 63,338. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 69,016. 2 new cases were acquired overseas, 0 from interstate.[283]
• Of the new cases: 113 (+7) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 42 (+2) South East Sydney LHD, 94 (+17) Western Sydney LHD, 36 (+4) Sydney LHD, 13 (-7) Northern Sydney LHD, 23 (+3) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 82 (+26) Hunter New England LHD, 13 (-4) Western LHD, 4 (+3) Far West LHD, 38 (-20) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 21 (-5) Central Coast LHD, 6 (+5) Southern LHD, 4 (-1) Northern NSW LHD, and 1 Murrumbidgee LHD. 1 was in "correctional settings". 0 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[283]
• There were 769 (-25) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 153 (-6) in intensive care, 71 (-5) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 83,498 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 18,143,578 tests.
• There were 19,706 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,774,740 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 7,241,547 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 11,016,287 vaccinations.[283]

On 12 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 4, down by 1 on the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[17] 2 were not vaccinated, 2 had 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths included:[17]

  • 3 men, 1 women
  • 1 was in their 60s, 3 their 70s
  • man in his 70s at home (south western Sydney)
    – not vaccinated and had underlying health conditions
    – tested positive to COVID-19 after death.
  • 2 people who each had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine:
    • a man in his 60s at Nepean Hospital
      – underlying health conditions
    • a woman in her 70s at Allity Beechwood Aged Care, where she was infected
      – underlying health conditions
      – the seventh death linked to an outbreak at Allity Beechwood
  • all were from Sydney: 2 south eastern, 2 western

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 504 since the beginning of the pandemic, 448 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[17]
National deaths rose to 1,478, including 13 interstate deaths.

By 12 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 360, down by 136 on the previous day.[284] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 63,686. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 69,363. 0 new cases were acquired oversea or from interstate.[284]
• Of the new cases: 93 (-20) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 26 (-16) South East Sydney LHD, 53 (-14) Western Sydney LHD, 26 (-10) Sydney LHD, 8 (-5) Northern Sydney LHD, 13 (-10) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 47 (-35) Hunter New England LHD, 11 (-2) Western LHD, 1 (-3) Far West LHD, 38 (-20) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 22 (+1) Central Coast LHD, 10 (+4) Southern LHD, 4 (-) Northern NSW LHD, and 1 Murrumbidgee LHD. 3 were in "correctional settings". 3 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[284]
• There were 766 (-3) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 153 (+2) in intensive care, 74 (+3) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 88,988 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 18,232,566 tests.
• There were 21,910 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,796,650 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 7,266,345 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 11,062,995 vaccinations.[284]

On 13 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 6, up by 2 on the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[287] 3 were not vaccinated, 2 had 1 dose, 1 had 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths included:[287]

  • 3 men, 3 women
  • 2 were in their 60s, 2 their 80s, and 2 their 90s
  • a man in his 60s at Campbelltown Hospital, where he was infected
    – the fifth death linked to an outbreak there
    – not vaccinated
    – underlying health conditions
  • a man in his 90s at Hawkesbury Living Aged Care Facility, where he was infected
    – the seventh death linked to an outbreak there
    – 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine
    – underlying health conditions
  • 4 were from Sydney: 1 south eastern, 1 western, 2 south western
    • 1 from Wollongong, 1 the Nepean area

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 510 since the beginning of the pandemic, 454 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[287]
National deaths rose to 1,496, including 12 interstate deaths.

By 13 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 444, up by 84 on the previous day.[17] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 64,125. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 69,804. 2 new cases were acquired oversea, 0 from interstate.[17]
• Of the new cases: 108 (+15) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 14 (-12) South East Sydney LHD, 36 (-17)Western Sydney LHD, 34 (+8) Sydney LHD, 9 (+1) Northern Sydney LHD, 20 (+7) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 78 (+31) Hunter New England LHD, 14 (+3) Western LHD, 0 (-1) Far West LHD, 23 (-15) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 7 (-15) Central Coast LHD, nil (-10) Southern LHD, 12 (+8) Northern NSW LHD, and 2 (+1) Murrumbidgee LHD. 1 was in a "correctional setting". 2 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[17]
• There were 716 (-50) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 150 (-3) in intensive care, 76 (+2) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 105,508 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 18,338,074 tests.
• There were 20,677 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,817,327 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 7,361,395 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 11,178,722 vaccinations.[17]

On 14 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 4, down by 2 on the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[288] 1 was not vaccinated, 1 had 1 dose, 2 had 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths included:[288]

  • 2 men, 2 women
    • all had underlying health conditions
  • 1 was in their 50s, 1 their 70s, and 2 their 80s
  • a man in his 50s at St Vincent’s Hospital
    – not vaccinated
  • a man in his 70s at Campbelltown Hospital, where he was infected
    – the sixth death linked to an outbreak there
    – had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • a woman in her 80s at St George Hospital
    – resided at Allity Beechwood Aged Care, where she was infected
    – the eighth death linked to an outbreak there
    – had two doses of vaccine
  • a woman in her 80s at Liverpool Hospital
    – had one dose of vaccine
  • All were from Sydney: 1 western, 3 south western

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 514 since the beginning of the pandemic, 458 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[288]
National deaths rose to 1,506, including 6 interstate deaths.

By 14 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 406, down by 38 on the previous day.[287] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 64,522. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 70,202. 1 new case was acquired overseas, 0 from interstate.[287]
• Of the new cases: 62 (-46) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 31 (+17) South East Sydney LHD, 62 (+26) Western Sydney LHD, 53 (+19) Sydney LHD, 9 (-) Northern Sydney LHD, 24 (+4) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 103 (+25) Hunter New England LHD, 8 (-6) Western LHD, 1 (+1) Far West LHD, 22 (-1) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 18 (+11) Central Coast LHD, 3 (+3) Mid North Coast LHD, 2 (+2) Southern LHD, 3 (-9) Northern NSW LHD, and 2 (-) Murrumbidgee LHD. 1 was in a "correctional setting". 3 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[287]
• There were 711 (-5) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 143 (-7) in intensive care, 75 (-1) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 85,133 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 8,423,207 tests.
• There were 19,313 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,836,640 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 7,456,568 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 11,293,208 vaccinations.[287]

On 15 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 2, down by 2 on the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[289] 1 was not vaccinated, 1 had 1 dose. The deaths included:[289]

  • 1 man, 1 woman
  • The man was in his 60s, the woman her 90s
  • the man at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
    – had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • the woman at St George Hospital
  • both were from Sydney: 1 inner west, 1 south eastern

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 516 since the beginning of the pandemic, 460 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[289]
National deaths rose to 1,515, including 7 interstate deaths.

By 15 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 399, down by 7 on the previous day.[288] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 64,911. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 70,592. 1 new case was acquired overseas, 0 from interstate.[288]
• Of the new cases: 92 (+30) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 28 (-3) South East Sydney LHD, 63 (+1) Western Sydney LHD, 31 (-22) Sydney LHD, 4 (-5) Northern Sydney LHD, 20 (-4) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 79 (-24) Hunter New England LHD, 8 (-6) Western LHD, 3 (+2) Far West LHD, 31 (-9) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 15 (-3) Central Coast LHD, 2 (-) Southern LHD, 4 (+1) Northern NSW LHD, and 8 (+6) Murrumbidgee LHD. 1 was in a "correctional setting". 3 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[288]
• There were 677 (-34) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 145 (+2) in intensive care, 77 (+2) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 85,000 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 18,508,207 tests.
• There were 20,877 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,857,517 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 7,539,312 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 11,396,829 vaccinations.[288]

On 16 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 10, up by 8 on the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[290] 5 were not vaccinated, 1 had 1 dose, 4 had 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths included:[290]

  • 5 men, 5 women
  • 2 were in their 50s, 2 their 60s, 2 their 70s, 3 their 80s, and 1 their 90s
  • a woman in her 80s at Liverpool Hospital, where she was infected
    – the 12th death linked an outbreak there
    – not vaccinated
    – underlying health conditions
  • a man in his 80s at Prince of Wales Hospital, where he was infected
    – had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine
    – underlying health conditions
  • a man in his 90s also at Prince of Wales Hospital
    – a resident of Southern Cross Care Daceyville aged care, where he was infected
    – the first death linked to an outbreak there
    – had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
    – underlying health conditions
  • 7 were from Sydney: 2 south eastern, 3 south western, 2 southern
    • 1 from Central Coast, 1 the Newcastle area, 1 Cessnock area

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 526 since the beginning of the pandemic, 470 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[290]
National deaths rose to 1,531, including interstate deaths.

80% full vaccination reached

On 16 October NSW reached 80% full vaccination. Because of this, for those who are fully vaccinated, from 18 October mask wearing requirements, among others, and restrictions on numbers attending gatherings were eased, allowing more people to visit at home, gather outside, and at "controlled" (seated, fenced or ticketed) outdoor events. Travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW was not yet permitted.[18]

By 16 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 319, down by 80 on the previous day.[289] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 65,228. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 70,910. 2 new cases were acquired overseas, 0 from interstate.[289]
• Of the new cases: 89 (-3) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 22 (-6) South East Sydney LHD, 51 (-12) Western Sydney LHD, 25 (-6) Sydney LHD, 3 (-1) Northern Sydney LHD, 4 (-16) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 51 (-28) Hunter New England LHD, 10 (+2) Western LHD, 4 (+1) Far West LHD, 21 (-10) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 7 (-8) Central Coast LHD, 4 (+4) Mid North Coast, 7 (+5) Southern LHD, 1 (-3) Northern NSW LHD, and 18 (+10) Murrumbidgee LHD. Nil were in a "correctional setting". 2 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[289]
• There were 652 (-25) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 138 (-7) in intensive care, 73 (-4) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 66,311 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 18,574,518 tests.
• There were 20,460 COVID-19 vaccinations administered, for 3,877,977 doses total, by NSW Health, plus another 7,617,875 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 11,495,852 vaccinations.[289]

On 17 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 5, down 5 by on the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[291] 3 were not vaccinated, 2 had 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths included:[291]

  • 1 man, 4 women
  • 1 each was in their 30s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and their 80s
  • a woman in her 30s at John Hunter Hospital
    – not vaccinated
    – underlying health conditions
  • 2 people: a man in his 50s, a woman in her 70s at Concord Hospital
    – he was unvaccinated, she had one vaccine dose
    – both with underlying health conditions
  • a woman in her 60s at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
    – not vaccinated
  • a woman in her 80s at Wollongong Hospital
    – had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
    – underlying health conditions
  • 3 were from Sydney: 1 south western, 2 inner west
    • 1 from the Wollongong area, 1 Cessnock area

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 531 since the beginning of the pandemic, 475 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[291]
National deaths rose to at least 1,543, including interstate deaths.

By 17 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 301, down by 18 on the previous day.[290] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 65,528. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 71,210. 0 new cases were acquired overseas, or from interstate.[290]
• Of the new cases: 74 (-15) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 18 (-4) South East Sydney LHD, 33 (-18) Western Sydney LHD, 24 (-1) Sydney LHD, 2 (-1) Northern Sydney LHD, 6 (+2) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 73 (+22) Hunter New England LHD, 5 (-5) Western LHD, 1 (-3) Far West LHD, 26 (+5) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 14 (+7) Central Coast LHD, 1 (-3) Mid North Coast, 4 (-3) Southern LHD, 3 (+2) Northern NSW LHD, and 11 (-7) Murrumbidgee LHD. 1 was in a "correctional setting". 5 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[290]
• There were 619 (-33) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 137 (-1) in intensive care, 71 (-2) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 69,107 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 18,643,625 tests.
• There had been 3,897,451 total vaccine doses administered by NSW Health, plus another 7,694,069 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 11,591,520 vaccinations.[290]

On 18 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 4, down 1 by on the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[292] 2 were not vaccinated, 1 had 1 dose, and 1 had 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths included:[292]

  • 3 men, 1 woman
  • 3 in their 60s, and 1 in their 80s
  • 3 were from Sydney: 1 south western, 1 inner city, 1 Northern Beaches
    • 1 from the Wollongong area

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 535 since the beginning of the pandemic, 479 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[292]
National deaths rose to 1,558, including interstate deaths.

By 18 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 265, down by 36 on the previous day.[291] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 65,786. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 71,469. 1 new case was acquired overseas, 0 from interstate.[291]
• Of the new cases: 65 (- 9) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 18 (-) South East Sydney LHD, 33 (-) Western Sydney LHD, 21 (-3) Sydney LHD, 4 (+2) Northern Sydney LHD, 5 (-0) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 63 (-10) Hunter New England LHD, 2 (-3) Western NSW LHD, 0 (-1) Far West LHD, 16 (+10) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 10 (-4) Central Coast LHD, 0 (-1) Mid North Coast, 5 (-1) Southern NSW LHD, 1 (-2) Northern NSW LHD, and 18 (+7) Murrumbidgee LHD. 1 was in a "correctional setting". 3 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[291]
• There were 606 (-13) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 132 (-5) in intensive care, 71 (-) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 60,273 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 18,703,898 tests.
• There had been 3,910,844 total vaccine doses administered by NSW Health, plus another 7,733,379 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 11,644,223 vaccinations.[291]

On 19 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 7, up by 3 on the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[293] 4 were not vaccinated, 1 had 1 dose, and 2 had 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths included:[293]

  • 5 men, 2 women
  • 1 was in their 40s, 1 their 50s, 2 their 70s, and 3 their 90s
  • a man in his 40s at Maitland Hospital
    – not vaccinated
  • a man in his 50s died at home
    – tested positive to COVID-19 after death
    – had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • 2 men in their 90s at Tarrawana aged care, where they were infected
    – both had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • a man in his 90s at Mercy Place aged care, where he was infected
    – the first death linked to an outbreak there
    – not vaccinated
  • 3 were from Sydney: 1 south western, 2 inner city
    • 2 from the Wollongong area, 1 Maitland area, 1 Albury area

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 542 since the beginning of the pandemic, 486 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[293]
National deaths rose to 1,577, including interstate deaths.

By 19 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 273, up by 8 on the previous day.[292] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 66,051. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 71,734. No new case was acquired overseas or from interstate.[292]
• Of the new cases: 77 (+12) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 26 (+8) South East Sydney LHD, 48 (+15) Western Sydney LHD, 19 (-2) Sydney LHD, 1 (-3) Northern Sydney LHD, 27 (+22) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 35 (-28) Hunter New England LHD, 1 (-1) Western NSW LHD, 0 (-) Far West LHD, 9 (-7) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 11 (+1) Central Coast LHD, 0 (-1) Mid North Coast, 2 (-3) Southern NSW LHD, 1 (-) Northern NSW LHD, and 10 (-8) Murrumbidgee LHD. 2 were in a "correctional setting". 3 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[292]
• There were 589 (-17) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 128 (-4) in intensive care, 69 (-2) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 90,597 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 18,794,495 tests.
• There had been 3,928,195 total vaccine doses administered by NSW Health, plus another 7,749,237 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 11,677,432 vaccinations.[292]

On 20 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 1, down by 6 on the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[294] The death was:[294]

  • 1 man
  • who was in his 50s
  • at Sutherland Hospital
    – had 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine
  • came from south eastern Sydney

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 543 since the beginning of the pandemic, 487 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[294]
National deaths rose to 1,590 including interstate deaths.

By 20 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 283, up by 10 on the previous day.[293] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 66,330. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 72,013. No new case was acquired overseas or from interstate.[293]
• Of the new cases: 60 (-17) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 12 (-14) South East Sydney LHD, 43 (-5) Western Sydney LHD, 24 (-2) Sydney LHD, 6 (+3) Northern Sydney LHD, 13 (-14) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 62 (+27) Hunter New England LHD, 5 (+4) Western NSW LHD, 1 (+1) Far West LHD, 17 (+8) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 13 (+2) Central Coast LHD, 4 (+4) Mid North Coast, 3 (+1) Southern NSW LHD, 2 (+1) Northern NSW LHD, and 17 (+7) Murrumbidgee LHD. 0 were in a "correctional setting". 1 was not yet assigned to any LHD.[293]
• There were 552 (-27) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 124 (-4) in intensive care, 66 (-3) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 88,664 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 18,883,159 tests.
• There had been 3,942,283 total vaccine doses administered by NSW Health, plus another 7,809,384 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 11,751,667 vaccinations.[293]

On 21 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 6, up 5 by on the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[295] 1 was not vaccinated, 2 had 1 dose, and 2 had 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths included:[295]

  • 2 men, 3 women
  • 1 each was in their 30s, 50s, 70s, 80s, and their 90s
  • a man in his 70s at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
    – infected at the Greek Orthodox Community Home for the Aged in Earlwood
    – the first death linked to an outbreak there
    – had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
    – underlying health conditions
  • a woman in her 90s at Prince of Wales Hospital, where she was infected
    – had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
    – underlying health conditions
  • all were from Sydney: 3 south western, 2 inner west, 1 south eastern

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 548 since the beginning of the pandemic, 492 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[295]
National deaths rose to at least 1,611, including interstate deaths.

By 21 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 372, up by 89 on the previous day.[294] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 66,686. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 72,371. 2 new cases were acquired overseas, 0 from interstate.[294]
• Of the new cases: 80 (+20) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 26 (+14) South East Sydney LHD, 24 (-19) Western Sydney LHD, 25 (+1) Sydney LHD, 16 (+10) Northern Sydney LHD, 6 (-7) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 74 (+12) Hunter New England LHD, 2 (-3) Western NSW LHD, 3 (+2) Far West LHD, 22 (+5) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 12 (-1) Central Coast LHD, 16 (+12) Mid North Coast, nil (-3) Southern NSW LHD, 4 (+2) Northern NSW LHD, and 51 (+34) Murrumbidgee LHD. 1 was in a "correctional setting". 10 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[294]
• There were 523 (-29) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 124 (-) in intensive care, 64 (-2) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 86,235 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 18,969,394 tests.
• There had been 3,956,157 total vaccine doses administered by NSW Health, plus another 7,866,007 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 11,822,164 vaccinations.[294]

On 22 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 2, down by 4 by on the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[296] 1 was not vaccinated, and 1 had 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths were:[296]

  • 1 man, 1 woman
  • the man in his 60s, the woman her 70s
  • the man died at Mercy Place Albury Aged Care, where he was infected
    – the second death linked to an outbreak there
    – had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • the woman at Hornsby Hospital
    – not vaccinated
  • she was from north west Sydney

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 550 since the beginning of the pandemic, 494 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[296]
National deaths rose to at least 1,622, including interstate deaths.

By 22 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 345, down by 27 on the previous day.[295] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 67,024. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 72,710. 0 new cases were acquired overseas, 0 from interstate.[295]
• Of the new cases: 63 (-17) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 28 (+2) South East Sydney LHD, 40 (+16) Western Sydney LHD, 18 (-7) Sydney LHD, 11 (-5) Northern Sydney LHD, 15 (+9) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 61 (-13) Hunter New England LHD, 2 (-3) Western NSW LHD, 0 (-3) Far West LHD, 12 (-10) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 25 (+13) Central Coast LHD, 12 (-4) Mid North Coast, nil (-) Southern NSW LHD, 5 (+1) Northern NSW LHD, and 35 (-16) Murrumbidgee LHD. 3 were in a "correctional setting". 10 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[295]
• There were 482 (-41) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 125 (+1) in intensive care, 67 (+3) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 76,594 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 19,045,988 tests.
• There had been 3,968,352 total vaccine doses administered by NSW Health, plus another 7,920,067 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 11,888,419 vaccinations.[295]

On 23 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 4, up by 2 by on the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[297] 3 were not vaccinated, and 1 had 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths were:[297]

  • 4 men, no woman
  • 2 were in their 60s, 1 their 70s, and 1 their 80s
  • all were from Sydney: 2 south western, 2 western

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 554 since the beginning of the pandemic, 498 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[297]
National deaths rose to 1,637, including interstate deaths.

By 23 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 332, down by 13 on the previous day.[296] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 67,336. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 73,023. 1 new case was acquired overseas, 0 from interstate.[296]
• Of the new cases: 69 (+6) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 19 (-9) South East Sydney LHD, 37 (-3) Western Sydney LHD, 17 (-1) Sydney LHD, 12 (+1) Northern Sydney LHD, 6 (-9) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 78 (+17) Hunter New England LHD, 8 (-6) Western NSW LHD, 1 (+1) Far West LHD, 6 (-6) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 10 (-15) Central Coast LHD, 22 (+10) Mid North Coast, 5 (+5) Southern NSW LHD, 2 (-3) Northern NSW LHD, and 37 (-2) Murrumbidgee LHD. 1 was in a "correctional setting". 2 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[296]
• There were 469 (-13) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 123 (-2) in intensive care, 66 (-1) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 64,118 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 19,110,106 tests.
• There had been 3,982,178 total vaccine doses administered by NSW Health, plus another 7,975,029 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 11,957,207 vaccinations.[296]

On 24 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 4, the same as the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[298] 1 was not vaccinated, 2 had 1 dose, and 2 had 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. All 4 had underlying health conditions. The deaths were:[298]

  • 3 men, 1 woman
  • 2 were in their 60s, 1 their 70s, and 1 their 80s
  • 3 were from Sydney: 1 south western, 2 inner western
    • 1 from the Central Coast

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 558 since the beginning of the pandemic, 502 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[298]
National deaths rose to 1,648, including interstate deaths.

By 24 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 296, down by 36 on the previous day.[297] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 67,625. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 73,311. No new case was acquired overseas, or from interstate.[297]
• Of the new cases: 62 (-7) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 12 (-7) South East Sydney LHD, 20 (-17) Western Sydney LHD, 12 (-5) Sydney LHD, 6 (-6) Northern Sydney LHD, 11 (+5) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 53 (-25) Hunter New England LHD, 10 (+2) Western NSW LHD, 5 (+4) Far West LHD, 17 (+11) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 4 (-6) Central Coast LHD, 23 (+1) Mid North Coast, 6 (+5) Southern NSW LHD, 2 (-4) Northern NSW LHD, and 47 (+10) Murrumbidgee LHD. 1 was in a "correctional setting". 5 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[297]
• There were 480 (-11) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 119 (-4) in intensive care, 67 (+1) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 66,740 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 19,176,846 tests.
• There had been 3,994,205 total vaccine doses administered by NSW Health, plus another 8,026,902 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 12,021,107 vaccinations.[297]

On 25 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 1, 3 less than the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[299] They were not vaccinated. The death was:[299]

  • 1 man
  • in his 70s
  • at Wollongong Hospital
  • from Wollongong

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 559 since the beginning of the pandemic, 503 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[299]
National deaths rose to 1,653, including interstate deaths.

By 25 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 294, down by 2 on the previous day.[298] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 67,910. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 73,596. No new case was acquired overseas, or from interstate.[298]
• Of the new cases: 54 (-8) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 18 (+6) South East Sydney LHD, 24 (+4) Western Sydney LHD, 10 (-2) Sydney LHD, 8 (+2) Northern Sydney LHD, 6 (-5) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 59 (+6) Hunter New England LHD, 6 (-4) Western NSW LHD, 5 (-) Far West LHD, 8 (-9) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 8 (+4) Central Coast LHD, 30 (+7) Mid North Coast LHD, 3 (-3) Southern NSW LHD, 1 (-1) Northern NSW LHD, and 46 (-1) Murrumbidgee LHD. 1 was in a "correctional setting". 7 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[298]
• There were 474 (-6) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 116 (-3) in intensive care, 57 (-10) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 59,612 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 19,236,458 tests.
• There had been 4,000,039 total vaccine doses administered by NSW Health, plus another 8,054,167 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 12,054,206 vaccinations.[298]

On 26 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 3, up 2 on the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[19] 2 were not vaccinated, 1 had 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths were:[19]

  • 2 men, 1 woman
  • 1 was in their 30s, 1 their 70s, and 1 their 80s
  • the man in his 30s died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
    – before testing positive he had one dose of vaccine
  • All 3 were from Sydney: 1 western, 2 inner western

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 562 since the beginning of the pandemic, 506 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[19]
National deaths rose to 1,656 including interstate deaths.

By 26 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 282, down by 12 on the previous day.[299] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 68,180. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 73,868. 2 new cases were acquired overseas. 0 from interstate.[299]
• Of the new cases: 41 (-13) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 28 (+10) South East Sydney LHD, 41 (+27) Western Sydney LHD, 12 (+2) Sydney LHD, 3 (-5) Northern Sydney LHD, 5 (-1) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 49 (-10) Hunter New England LHD, 7 (+1) Western NSW LHD, 1 (-4) Far West LHD, 7 (-1) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 2 (-6) Central Coast LHD, 33 (+3) Mid North Coast LHD, 6 (+3) Southern NSW LHD, 6 (+5) Northern NSW LHD, and 45 (-1) Murrumbidgee LHD. 1 was in a "correctional setting". 6 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[299]
• There were 457 (-17) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 109 (-7) in intensive care, 57 (-) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 71,352 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 19,307,810 tests.
• There had been 4,008,333 total vaccine doses administered by NSW Health, plus another 8,063,915 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 12,072,248 vaccinations.[299]

On 27 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 2, down by 1 on the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[300] 1 had 1 dose, 1 had 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths were:[300]

  • 1 man, 1 woman
  • 1 was in their 70s, and 1 their 90s
  • the man, in his 70s, at St. George Hospital
    – had one dose of vaccine
  • the woman at Tarrawanna Aged Care, north of Wollongong, where she acquired her infection
    – the third death linked to an outbreak there
    – had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine
  • 1 from south western Sydney
    • 1 Wollongong

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 564 since the beginning of the pandemic, 508 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[300]
National deaths rose to 1,696, including interstate deaths.

By 27 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 304, up by 22 on the previous day.[19] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 68,474. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 74,163. 2 new cases were acquired overseas. 0 from interstate.[19]
• Of the new cases: 36 (-5) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 18 (-10) South East Sydney LHD, 18 (-23) Western Sydney LHD, 22 (+10) Sydney LHD, 13 (+10) Northern Sydney LHD, 6 (+1) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 83 (+34) Hunter New England LHD, 7 (-) Western NSW LHD, 1 (-) Far West LHD, 15 (+8) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 3 (+1) Central Coast LHD, 22 (-11) Mid North Coast LHD, 6 (+3) Southern NSW LHD, 11 (+10) Northern NSW LHD, and 38 (-7) Murrumbidgee LHD. 2 was in a "correctional setting". 8 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[19]
• There were 418 (-39) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 97 (-12) in intensive care, 43 (-14) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 89,875 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 19,397,685 tests.
• There had been 4,015,370 total vaccine doses administered by NSW Health, plus another 8,100,689 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 12,116,059 vaccinations.[19]

On 28 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 2, the same as the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[301] 1 was not vaccinated, 1 had 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths were:[301]

  • 1 man, 1 woman
  • 1 was in their 70s, and 1 their 90s
  • the man in his 70s at Mercy Place Aged Care in Albury, where he acquired his infection
    – the third death linked to an outbreak
    – had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • the woman at Tarrawanna Aged Care, where she acquired her infection
    – the fourth death linked to an outbreak there
    – she was not vaccinated

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 566 since the beginning of the pandemic, 510 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[301]
National deaths rose to 1,708, including interstate deaths.

By 28 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 293, down by 11 on the previous day.[300] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 68,756. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 74,445. 2 new cases were acquired overseas. 0 from interstate.[300]
• Of the new cases: 51 (+15) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 14 (-4) South East Sydney LHD, 26 (+8) Western Sydney LHD, 22 (-) Sydney LHD, 9 (-4) Northern Sydney LHD, 11 (+5) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 79 (-4) Hunter New England LHD, 6 (-1) Western NSW LHD, 1 (-) Far West LHD, 12 (-3) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 4 (+1) Central Coast LHD, 18 (-4) Mid North Coast LHD, 5 (-1) Southern NSW LHD, 9 (-2) Northern NSW LHD, and 30 (-8) Murrumbidgee LHD. 0 were in a "correctional setting". 6 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[300]
• There were 381 (-37) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 97 (-12) in intensive care, 38 (-5) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 89,678 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 19,487,363 tests.
• There had been 4,022,792 total vaccine doses administered by NSW Health, plus another 8,140,155 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 12,162,947 vaccinations.[300]

On 29 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 3, up by 1 on the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[302] 1 was not vaccinated, 2 had 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The deaths were:[302]

  • 3 men, 0 women
    • all had underlying health conditions
  • 1 was in their 40s, 1 their 60s, and 1 their 80s
  • man in his 40s at John Hunter Hospital
    – had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • man in his 60s at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
    – had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • man in his 80s at Liverpool Hospital, where he was infected
    – had two doses of vaccine
  • 2 from Sydney: 1 south western, 1 western
    • 1 Newcastle

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 569 since the beginning of the pandemic, 513 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[302]
National deaths rose to 1,722, including interstate deaths.

By 29 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 268, down by 25 on the previous day.[301] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 69,008. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 74,698. 1 new case was acquired overseas. 0 from interstate.[301]
• Of the new cases: 41 (-10) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 11 (-3) South East Sydney LHD, 21 (-5) Western Sydney LHD, 29 (+7) Sydney LHD, 3 (-6) Northern Sydney LHD, 12 (+1) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 54 (-25) Hunter New England LHD, 1 (-5) Western NSW LHD, 3 (+2) Far West LHD, 8 (-4) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 4 (+1) Central Coast LHD, 13 (-5) Mid North Coast LHD, 7 (+2) Southern NSW LHD, 1 (-8) Northern NSW LHD, and 52 (+22) Murrumbidgee LHD. 0 were in a "correctional setting". 8 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[301]
• There were 363 (-18) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 82 (-15) in intensive care, 32 (-6) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 82,840 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 19,570,203 tests.
• There had been 4,030,008 total vaccine doses administered by NSW Health, plus another 8,178,712 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 12,208,720 vaccinations.[301]

On 30 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 1, down by 2 on the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[303] They were not vaccinated. The death was:[303]

  • 1 woman
  • in her 70s
  • at Concord Hospital
  • from south western Sydney

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 570 since the beginning of the pandemic, 514 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[303]
National deaths rose to 1,735, including interstate deaths.

By 30 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 236, down by 32 on the previous day.[302] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 69,232. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 74,923. 1 new case was acquired overseas. 0 from interstate.[302]
• Of the new cases: 24 (-27) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 17 (+6) South East Sydney LHD, 15 (-6) Western Sydney LHD, 23 (-6) Sydney LHD, 1 (-2) Northern Sydney LHD, 5 (-7) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 73 (+19) Hunter New England LHD, 5 (+4) Western NSW LHD, 0 (-3) Far West LHD, 8 (-) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 7 (+3) Central Coast LHD, 13 (-) Mid North Coast LHD, 1 (-6) Southern NSW LHD, 1 (-) Northern NSW LHD, and 33 (-19) Murrumbidgee LHD. 2 were in a "correctional setting". 8 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[302]
• There were 343 (-20) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 81 (-1) in intensive care, 33 (+1) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 77,271 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 19,647,474 tests.
• There had been 4,038,573 total vaccine doses administered by NSW Health, plus another 8,218,032 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 12,256,605 vaccinations.[302]

On 31 October deaths of confirmed COVID cases were at 4, up by 3 on the previous 24 hours to 8pm.[304] 2 were not vaccinated, 2 had 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. All had underlying health conditions. The deaths were:[304]

  • 2 men, 2 women
  • 2 in their 60s, 1 their 70s, 1 over 100 years of age
  • a man in his 60s at Concord Hospital
    – infected at Parklea Correctional Centre
  • a woman in her 60s at Prince of Wales Hospital
  • a man in his 70s, a woman aged 101
    – both infected at Mercy Place aged care, Albury
    – the 4th and 5th deaths linked to an outbreak there
  • 2 from Sydney: 1 south western, 1 south eastern
    • 2 from Albury

The total number of COVID related deaths in NSW was now 574 since the beginning of the pandemic, 518 during the NSW Delta outbreak.[304]
National deaths rose to 1,743, including interstate deaths.

By 31 October new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 177, down by 59 on the previous day.[303] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 69,397. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 75,089. 1 new case was acquired overseas. 0 from interstate.[303]
• Of the new cases: 25 (+1) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 14 (-3) South East Sydney LHD, 18 (+2) Western Sydney LHD, 17 (-6) Sydney LHD, 7 (+6) Northern Sydney LHD, 3 (-2) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 33 (-40) Hunter New England LHD, 18 (+13) Western NSW LHD, 1 (+1) Far West LHD, 9 (+1) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 6 (-1) Central Coast LHD, 13 (-) Mid North Coast LHD, 4 (+3) Southern NSW LHD, 7 (+6) Northern NSW LHD, and 22 (-11) Murrumbidgee LHD. None were in a "correctional setting". 3 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[303]
• There were 340 (-3) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 78 (-3) in intensive care, 32 (-1) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 75,378 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 19,722,852 tests.
• There had been 4,045,698 total vaccine doses administered by NSW Health, plus another 8,258,696 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 12,304,394 vaccinations.[303]

November

On 1 November the state government announced $130 million of funding, including for psychology and psychiatry services, to assist those who had been adversely affected mentally by the COVID-19 pandemic.[305]

By 1 November new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were 135, down by 42 on the previous day.[304] Total new cases reported during the state's Delta outbreak were 69,526. The total number of confirmed cases in NSW reached 75,218. No new case was acquired overseas. 1 from interstate.[304]
• Of the new cases: 23 (-2) were from South Western Sydney LHD, 2 (-12) South East Sydney LHD, 9 (-9) Western Sydney LHD, 11 (-6) Sydney LHD, 2 (-5) Northern Sydney LHD, 3 (-) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 30 (-3) Hunter New England LHD, 2 (-16) Western NSW LHD, 1 (-) Far West LHD, 3 (-6) Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHD, 1 (-5). Central Coast LHD, 14 (+1) Mid North Coast LHD, 5 (+1) Southern NSW LHD, 0 (-7) Northern NSW LHD, and 26 (+4) Murrumbidgee LHD. 3 were in a "correctional setting". 0 were not yet assigned to any LHD.[304]
• There were 349 (+9) COVID-19 cases in hospital, 77 (-1) in intensive care, 33 (+1) requiring ventilation.
• COVID-19 tests were 62,857 to 8pm for that day bringing the state total to 19,785,709 tests.
• There had been 4,050,714 total vaccine doses administered by NSW Health, plus another 8,278,417 doses administered by the GP network and other providers, for a state total to this date of 12,329,131 vaccinations.[304]

On 28 November, two cases of the Omicron variant were detected in Sydney. Both people landed in Sydney the previous day, and have travelled from southern Africa to Sydney via Doha, Qatar. The two people, who are fully vaccinated, entered isolation; 12 other travellers from southern Africa also entered quarantine for fourteen days, while about 260 other passengers and crew on the flight have been directed to isolate.[306] On 29 November, two more passengers which arrived from southern Africa via Singapore tested positive for the Omicron variant.[307]

On 30 November, a positive case of the Omicron variant was recorded in Sydney. The person had visited southern Africa before arriving in Sydney prior to travel restrictions, and was subsequently active in the community in Sydney and the Central Coast.[308] By 3 December, a cluster including Omicron variant cases had developed in western Sydney, in the suburbs of Regents Park and Villawood.[309]

December

On 5 December, new daily case numbers dropped to a low of 208.[310]

On 16 December, due to the spread of COVID-19 Omicron variant in the area, NSW Health urged the Newcastle community to consider deferring social events till after Christmas.[311]

On the afternoon of 16 December the Lunar Electric Music Festival in Newcastle, scheduled for December 18, was cancelled by a Public Health Order. This was done because the ongoing spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in that area was too high a risk.[312]

After falling as low as 208 then gradually rising, on 13 December new daily case numbers began to rise quickly again. By 18 December they had risen sharply for six consecutive days reaching what was then a new NSW state, and national, record of 2,566 new daily cases,[313] before dropping slightly again to 2,501 on 19 December.[314]

By 22 December, great difficulties in finding rapid antigen tests (RAT) for COVID-19 became apparent.[315]

On 23 December, NSW single-dose vaccinations reached 95%, and 93.5% double dose, for the 16-years and older community[20] and the NSW government announced that on 27 December until 27 January 2022, QR code check-ins would again be compulsory, including in hospitality and retail settings. Also, hospitality venues such as cafes, clubs, pubs and restaurants would return to a 1-person per 2 square metre rule indoors, but no density limit in outdoor settings.[316]

The same day, the state government also announced that they would source rapid antigen test (RAT) kits and distribute them for free.[316]

On 24 December, the states' new daily cases of COVID-19 rose to 6,288.[20][317] Also on 24 December, mask wearing indoors again became mandatory.[316]

On 25 December, there were no deaths recorded, and new daily cases of COVID-19 rose to 6,394. Cases admitted to hospital rose to 458, 52 in intensive care, 15 on ventilation.[318]

On 26 December NSW had 3 deaths, including its first death related to the Omicron variant, raising to 654 the states' total official COVID deaths. All 3 people were in their 80s or 90s, had 2 doses of vaccine, and underlying health conditions. The Omicron death was a man from western Sydney, at Westmead Hospital. He was infected at Uniting Lilian Wells aged care in North Parramatta where he lived.[319][320] New case numbers were down slightly at 6,324. Cases admitted to hospital were 520, with 55 in intensive care, 17 on ventilation, all more than the previous day.[320]

By 27 December, NSW pathology services processed more than 24 million PCR tests but, as in other states, resources were being strained by "tourism testing". Consequently, on 29 December the NSW Health Department asked that people getting tested to travel interstate for holidays avoid going to COVID testing sites unnecessarily as it was unlikely they would get test results within 72 hours. If travelling to Qld, this would be after that states' 1 January 2022 changes to test requirements became effective and only a RAT test needed.[321]

Priority for getting a PCR test was then given to those who:[321]
• had COVID-19 symptoms or
– a positive rapid antigen test
• were a household contact of a confirmed case
• had been in a venue, for example a club, where there had been high transmission
• had been in a setting with vulnerable people which was experiencing an outbreak, such as an aged care home

On 28 December there were 3 more deaths, raising the state total to 658, and new case numbers jumped by about 85% in 24 hours to 11,201[322][8] from 6,062 on 27 December.[323]

On 30 December there were another 6 deaths raising the state total to 665. They were 4 men and 2 women aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. 1 was not vaccinated, 1 had 1 dose, 4 had 2 doses of vaccine. New cases jumped sharply by over 70% to 21,151[324] from 12,226 on 29 December.[325] Cases admitted to hospital rose to 832, with 69 in intensive care, 19 on ventilation, all above the previous day.[324]

On 31 December there were another 4 deaths raising the state total to 669. They were 1 man and 3 women aged in their 60s, 70s, and 80s. 1 was not vaccinated, 1 had 1 dose, 2 had 2 doses of vaccine. New cases rose to 22,577. Cases admitted to hospital rose to 901, and to 79 in intensive care.[326]

2022

On 1 January there were another 2 deaths raising the state total to 671. Both were men, aged in their 80s, and 90s. Both had 2 doses of vaccine.[327]
Daily new cases fell to 18,278 from 22,577. The majority were from the Sydney region: 3,740 South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 3,336 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 2,961 Western Sydney LHD, 1,999 Northern Sydney LHD, and 1,918 from Sydney LHD. There were another 1,342 from Hunter New England LHD, with lesser numbers in other health districts.[327]
Cases admitted to hospital rose to 1,066, with 83 in intensive care and 24 on ventilation, both slightly up.[327]

On 2 January there were another 4 deaths raising the state total to 675. They were 2 men and 2 women, 2 aged in their 70s, 1 each in their 80s, and 90s. Three had 2 doses of vaccine, one had received 3 doses.[328]
Daily new cases rose to 20,794 from 18,278. The majority were from the Sydney region: 3,966 South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 3,576 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 4,047 Western Sydney LHD, 1,889 Northern Sydney LHD, and 2,122 from Sydney LHD. There were another 1,612 from Hunter New England LHD, with lesser numbers in other health districts.[328]
Cases admitted to hospital rose to 1,204, with 95 in intensive care and 25 on ventilation, all up on the preceding day.[328]
Confirmed state COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic reached 248,875.[328]

On 3 January there were another 2 deaths raising the state total to 677. They were 2 men, one aged in his 70s at Westmead Hospital in Sydney, the other his 90s at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle. Each had 2 doses of vaccine.[329]
Daily new cases rose to 23,131 from 20,794. The majority were from the Sydney region: 4,258 South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 4,602 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 3,680 Western Sydney LHD, 1,979 Northern Sydney LHD, and 2,969 from Sydney LHD. There were another 1,689 from Hunter New England LHD, with lesser numbers in other health districts.[329]
Cases admitted to hospital were 1,344, with 105 in intensive care and 27 on ventilation, all up on the day before.[329] The number hospitalised was a new record, previously 1,268 cases set on 21 September 2021.[257]

On 4 January there were another 8 deaths raising the state total to 685. They were 6 men and 2 women. 1 was in their 50s, 2 their 60s, 2 their 70s, 2 their 80s, and 1 person their 90s. One death each was at Coffs Harbour Base Hospital, Gosford Hospital and Bupa Aged Care in Ballina. 2 were not vaccinated, 5 had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 1 person had 3 doses of COVID vaccine.[330]
Daily new cases rose markedly from 23,131 to 35,054, over 50% increase. The majority of new cases, over 70%, were from the Sydney region: 6,542 South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 5,710 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 5,989 Western Sydney LHD, 3,667 Northern Sydney LHD, and 3,827 from Sydney LHD. There were another 2,961 from Hunter New England LHD, 1,502 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, and 1,496 Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, with numbers below 600 cases in all other LHDs.[330]
Cases admitted to hospital were 1,491, with 119 in intensive care and 32 on ventilation, all up on the previous day.[330] The number hospitalised set another new record at 1,491, up on the 1,344 set the previous day, the record before that was 1,268 cases on 21 September 2021.[257]

Also on 4 January, booster shots of COVID-19 vaccine became available for those aged over 18-years, and whose last vaccination was at least 4 months prior. NSW Health also "strongly" recommended a third vaccine dose for those aged 12 years and over who were, severely immuno-compromised, and two months since their second dose.[329]

Shortage of some foods on supermarket shelves, such as fresh fruit, meat and vegetables, became apparent on 4 January as the effects of the pandemic on supply chains, such as staff shortages caused by transport and distribution centre workers having to isolate after COVID exposure, took hold. The problem is worse because of the extra demand during the Christmas/New Year holiday period coinciding with large increases in COVID-19 infections.[331]

On 5 January there were another 6 deaths raising the state total to 691. They were 5 men and 1 woman. 1 was in their 20s, others their 60s, 80s, and 90s. 3 were from western Sydney, 2 the Lake Macquarie area. The last 1 was from the ACT, the man in his 20s, at St Vincent's Hospital. He had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, no known underlying health conditions.[9]
Daily new cases fell slightly from 35,054 to 34,994, detected by 111,231 tests. The majority of new cases, were again from the Sydney region: 5,364 South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 5,556 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 5,456 Western Sydney LHD, 3,538 Northern Sydney LHD, and 4,226 from Sydney LHD. There were another 3,424 from Hunter New England LHD, 1,452 (down slightly) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 1,633 Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD and 1,116 Central Coast LHD (up from previous days' 588), with numbers below 700 cases in all other LHDs.[9]
Cases admitted to hospital were up to 1,609, with 131 in intensive care and 38 on ventilation, all up on the previous day.[9] The number hospitalised set another state record, up on the 1,491 record set the previous day.

Also on 5 January, Coles Supermarkets introduced limits on some food items. Chicken breasts, chicken thighs, mince and sausages were limited to 2 packs. Matthew Swindells, their chief operations officer, said that east coast stores will be affected the most, particularly NSW and Greater Sydney. Woolworths Supermarkets said it will not be limiting buying.[332]

On 6 January there was a jump up to 11 deaths that day, raising the state total to 702. They were 6 men and 5 women, aged in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. 3 were from south eastern Sydney, 1 western Sydney, 1 south western Sydney, 1 northern Sydney. Another 3 from northern NSW, 1 from Port Stephens and 1 Lake Macquarie.[333]
Daily new cases rose again, to 38,625 from 34,994, detected by 112,725 tests. The majority of new cases, were again from the Sydney region: 6,076 South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 6,444 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 6,968 Western Sydney LHD, 4,172 Northern Sydney LHD, and 4,162 from Sydney LHD. There were another 2,430 from Hunter New England LHD, 1,740 (up ~20%) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, and 1,606 (up ~25%) Central Coast LHD, with numbers below 1,000 cases in all other LHDs.[333]
Cases admitted to hospital were up to 1,738, with 134 in intensive care and 33 on ventilation.[333] The number hospitalised set another state record, up on the 1,609 record set the previous day.

On 7 January there were 9 deaths, raising the official state total to 711. They were 4 men and 5 women, aged in their 50s, 70s, and 90s. 2 were from south eastern Sydney, 1 western Sydney, 5 south western Sydney, 1 northern Sydney. 1 was from Newcastle.[10]
Daily new cases rose again, to 45,098 from 38,625, detected by 116,915 tests. The majority of new cases, ~47%, were again from the Sydney region: 7,970 (up ~33%) South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 6,413 (down slightly) South Eastern Sydney LHD, 6,972 Western Sydney LHD, 4,392 (up ~5%) Northern Sydney LHD, 4,930 (up ~15%) from Sydney LHD. There were another 4,432 (up ~80%) from Hunter New England LHD, 1,788 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD (up again), 1,691 (up ~5%) Central Coast LHD, 1,154 (up ~70%) Northern NSW LHD, and 1,059 (up ~20%) from Western NSW LHD, with numbers below 800 cases in all other LHDs.[10]
Cases admitted to hospital were up to 1,795, with 145 in intensive care and 40 on ventilation, both also up.[10] The number hospitalised was another record, up on the 1,738 the previous day.

Restrictions reintroduced

Also on 7 January, the NSW government reintroduced some COVID safety measures. From 8 January, till 27 January:[334]

  • singing and dancing banned in:
    • hospitality venues (including bars, clubs, nightclubs, pubs and restaurants)
    • entertainment facilities
    • major recreation facilities
      – weddings are exempted, as are performers, students and instructors in the listed settings
  • non-urgent elective surgery will be paused (until mid-February)[10]

As a result, the Tamworth Country Music Festival, set to start on 14 January, was postponed to April.[335]

On 8 January there was a state record of 16 deaths (previously 15) in a 24-hour period, raising the official state total to 727. They were 8 men and 8 women, aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. 14 were from Sydney: 2 from south eastern, 2 western, 7 south western, 1 northern, and 2 inner-west Sydney. 1 was from the central coast, and 1 the south coast.[11]
Daily new cases fell sharply, to 30,062 from 45,098, detected by 98,986 tests. The majority of new cases, ~75%, were from the Sydney region: 5,077 (down ~35%) South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 4,442 (down ~30%) South Eastern Sydney LHD, 5,077 (down ~40%) Western Sydney LHD, 2,505 (down ~45%) Northern Sydney LHD, 3,184 (down ~33%) from Sydney LHD. There were another 2,527 (down ~40%) from Hunter New England LHD, 1,535 (down ~15%) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 1,121 (down ~33%) Central Coast LHD, 1,027 (down ~10%) Northern NSW LHD, 1,059 (up ~20%) from Western NSW LHD, and 1,386 Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, with numbers below 600 cases in all other LHDs.[11]
Cases admitted to hospital were up to 1,927, with 151 in intensive care and 38 on ventilation.[11] The number hospitalised was a record, up on the 1,795 the previous day.

On 9 January there was a state record of 18 (previously 16) deaths reported, raising the official state total to 745 deaths. They were 11 men and 6 women, 3 were aged in their 60s, 4 their 70s,7 their 80s, 2 their 90s, and a child under 5 years. 14 were from Sydney and suburbs: 3 western, 4 south western, 1 northern, 2 southern, 2 inner-west, 1 the inner city, and 1 eastern Sydney. There was also 1 from Penrith, 2 the Hunter region, and 1 from the Riverina region.[336]
The deaths included:
• a child from south western Sydney, at home, with "significant underlying health conditions"
• man in his 30s, from eastern Sydney, at Prince of Wales Hospital.
Daily new cases were 20,293 (only from PCR testing in the 24 hours to 8pm on 9 January). Total tests were down ~15% at 84,333. NSW Health stated: "As increasingly people follow NSW Health’s advice to use rapid antigen tests (RAT) for diagnosing COVID-19, the number of PCR tests will underestimate the true number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19.[336] The majority of new cases were from the Sydney region: 3,230 South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 2,660 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 3,654 Western Sydney LHD, 1,811 Northern Sydney LHD, and 2,095 from Sydney LHD. There were another 1,115 from Hunter New England LHD, and 1,231 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, with numbers below 900 cases in all other LHDs.[336]
Cases admitted to hospital were up to 2,030, with 159 in intensive care and 47 on ventilation.[336] The number hospitalised was a record high, up ~5% on the 1,927 the previous day.

On 10 January there were 11 deaths reported, raising the official state total to 756 deaths. They were 5 men and 6 women, 1 was aged in their 70s, 7 their 80s, and 3 their 90s. 8 were from Sydney and suburbs: 1 western, 4 south western, 1 northern, 1 southern, and 1 eastern Sydney. There was also 1 from the Central Coast, and 2 the Hunter Region.[337]
Daily new cases were 25,870 (only from PCR testing). Total tests reported were down ~15% at 71,325.[337] The majority of new cases were from the Sydney region: 5,014 South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 3,319 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 4,345 Western Sydney LHD, 2,345 Northern Sydney LHD, and 2,640 from Sydney LHD. There were another 1,661 from Hunter New England LHD, 1,425 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 1,448 Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, and 1,001Central Coast LHD, with numbers below 900 cases in all other LHDs.[337]
Cases admitted to hospital rose to 2,186, with 170 in intensive care and 51 on ventilation. The total of reported cases in NSW since the pandemic began there in March 2019 was 501,200.[337] The number hospitalised was again a record high, up on the previous days' 2,030 admissions.

On 11 January there were 21 deaths reported, 7 of the deaths were from 2021 in September (1 death), October (2) and December (4), and were added after the end of coronial inquiries. This raised the official state total to 777 deaths. They were 17 men and 4 women, 1 was aged in their 30s, 1 their 40s, 2 their 50s, 4 their 60s, 6 their 70s, 4 their 80s, 2 their 9s and 1 their 100s. 17 were from Sydney and suburbs: 2 western, 4 south western, 2 northern, 4 Northern Beaches, 4 south eastern, 1 the inner city,. There was also 2 from the Newcastle area, and 2 Wollongong.[12]
Daily new cases were 34,759 (only from PCR testing). Total tests reported were up 90% at 134,411 from 71,325.[12] The majority of new cases were from the Sydney region: 7,350 South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 3,911 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 5,394 Western Sydney LHD, 3,237 Northern Sydney LHD, and 2,522 from Sydney LHD. There were another 3,410 from Hunter New England LHD, 1,345 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 2,169 Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, and 1,054 Central Coast LHD, with numbers below 1,000 cases in all other LHDs.[12] 90% of the new cases were of the Omicron variant, the remainder Delta.[338]
Cases admitted to hospital rose to 2,242, with 175 in intensive care and 54 on ventilation.[12] Half those in ICU were not vaccinated and 67% were infected with Omicron. This contrasts to during the first week of December 2021, when Omicron was 10% of ICU infections.[338] The number hospitalised was a new record high, slightly up on the previous days' 2,186 admissions.

RAT (Rapid Antigen Test) reporting

On 12 January, on-line reporting of RAT tests became available, and positive result reporting was made mandatory, backdated to 1 January. Failure to report positives, from 12 January onwards, can result in a $1,000 fine from 19 January After the reporting system went live at 9am that day, 53,909 positives were reported in less than 8 hours.[338]

On 12 January there were 22 deaths reported. 14 were vaccinated, 8 not vaccinated. This raised the official state total to 799 deaths.There were 13 men and 9 women, 1 was aged in their 60s, 8 their 70s, 7 their 80s, 5 their 90s and 1 their 100s. 20 were from Sydney and suburbs: 7 south western, 7 Northern Sydney, 3 south eastern, 2 Inner Sydney, 1 from the Eastern Suburbs. There was also 1 from the Central Coast and 1 person the Cessnock area.[339]
Daily new cases were 30,541 (only from PCR testing). Total tests reported were down 34% at 88,164 from 134,411. RAT test positives reported that day totalled 61,387. These tests cover from 1 January. 50,729 positives are from the last seven days. Multiple positives by one person on different days are included.[339]
Most new cases, ~68%, were from the Sydney region: 6,080 (down~27%) South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 3,655 (down~7%) South Eastern Sydney LHD, 4,929 (down ~9%) Western Sydney LHD, 2,841 (down ~12%) Northern Sydney LHD, and 2,873 (up ~14%) from Sydney LHD. There were another 2,491 (down ~27%) from Hunter New England LHD, 1,506 (up ~12%) Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 1,396 (down ~35%) Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, and 1,424 (up ~40%) Central Coast LHD, with numbers below 800 cases in all other LHDs.[339]
Cases admitted to hospital rose to 2,383, with 182 in intensive care and 60 on ventilation.[339] The 22 deaths was a new state high, and those hospitalised was also a new high, slightly up on the previous days' 2,242 admissions.

On 13 January there were 29 deaths reported. 19 were vaccinated, 10 not vaccinated. This raised the official state total to 828 deaths. There were 15 men and 14 women, 3 were aged in their 40s, 5 their 60s, 5 their 70s, 11 their 80s, and 5 their 90s. 25 were from Sydney and suburbs: 10 south western Sydney, 5 northern, 5 south eastern, 3 western Sydney, 2 Sydney's Inner West. There was also: 2 people from the Tweed Heads area, 1 Wollongong and 1 the Lake Macquarie area.[340]
Daily new cases reported were down at 63,018 from 88,164. PCR testing results were 25,080 cases, and RAT test positives reported that day totalled 37,938.[340] Most new cases, were from the Sydney region: 4,599  South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 3,173 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 4,280 Western Sydney LHD, 2,157 Northern Sydney LHD, and 2,480 from Sydney LHD. There were another 1,554 from Hunter New England LHD, 1,249 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 1,289 Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, and 1,094 Central Coast LHD, with numbers below 1,000 cases in all other LHDs.[340]
Cases admitted to hospital rose to 2,525, with 184 in intensive care and 59 on ventilation.[340] The 29 deaths was a new state high, and those hospitalised was also new high, up on the previous days' 2,383 admissions.

On 14 January there were 20 deaths reported. 16 were vaccinated, 4 not vaccinated. This raised the official state total to 848 deaths. There were 11 men and 9 women, 1 was aged in their 20s, 3 their 50s, 1 their 60s, 4 their 70s, 9 their 80s and 2 were in their 90s. 15 were from Sydney and suburbs: 7 south western Sydney, 3 south eastern, 4 western, 1 Sydney's Inner West. There was also: 1 from the Mid North Coast, 2 Wollongong area and 2 the Riverina.[6]
One death was a man in his 20s at Albury Base Hospital who had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and serious underlying health conditions.
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported were down again at 48,768 from 88,164. PCR testing results were 27,020 cases, and RAT test positives reported that day were 21,748.[6]
Most new cases were from the Sydney region: 5,143 South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 3,072 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 3,805 Western Sydney LHD, 2,483 Northern Sydney LHD, and 2,013 from Sydney LHD. There were another 2,334 from Hunter New England LHD, 1,221 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 2,196 Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, and 1,166 Central Coast LHD, with numbers below 900 cases in all other LHDs.[6]
Cases admitted to hospital rose to 2,576, with 193 in intensive care and 58 on ventilation.[6] The hospitalisations were a new high, up on the previous days' 2,525 admissions.

On 15 January another 20 deaths were reported. 14 were vaccinated, 6 not vaccinated. This raised the official state total to 868 deaths. There were 12 men and 8 women, 2 were aged in their 50s, 6 their 70s, 7 their 80s, 4 their 90s, and 1 was in their 100s. 18 were from Sydney and suburbs: 6 south western Sydney, 2 south eastern, 4 western, 4 Inner West, 1 northern, 1 Northern Beaches. There was also: 1 from the Wollongong area and 1 the Tamworth area.[341] The 2 deaths in their 50s had serious underlying health conditions.
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported were down again at 34,660 from 48,768. PCR testing results were 20,978 cases, and RAT test positives reported were 13,682.[341]
Most new cases were from the Sydney region: 4,063 South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 2,336 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 3,139 Western Sydney LHD, 1,875 Northern Sydney LHD, and 1,858 from Sydney LHD. There were another 1,755 from Hunter New England LHD, 989 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, and 1,458 Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, with numbers below 700 cases in all other LHDs.[341]
Cases admitted to hospital rose to 2,650, with 191 in intensive care and 61 on ventilation.[341] Numbers hospitalised were a new high, up on the previous days' 2,576.

On 16 January another 17 deaths were reported. 14 were vaccinated, 1 had 1 dose, 2 were not vaccinated. This raised the official state total to 885 deaths. There were 12 men and 5 women, 1 was aged in their 60s, 4 their 70s, 9 their 80s, and 3 in their 90s. 13 were from Sydney and suburbs: 7 south western Sydney, 2 south eastern, 2 western, 1 northern, 1 south Sydney. There was also: 1 from the Newcastle area, 1 Central Coast, 1 Wagga Wagga, 1 the Tweed Heads area.[342]
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported were down again at 29,504 from 34,660. Of those, 17,646 cases were from PCR tests, 11,858 RAT tests.[342]
Most new cases were from the Sydney region: 3,279 South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 1,888 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 3,234 Western Sydney LHD, 1,669 Northern Sydney LHD, and 1,613 from Sydney LHD. There were another 1,365 from Hunter New England LHD, 845 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, and 1,058 Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, with numbers below 700 cases in all other LHDs.[342]
Cases admitted to hospital rose to 2,776, with 203 in intensive care and 61 on ventilation.[342] Numbers hospitalised were a new high, up on the previous days' 2,650.

On 17 January another 36 deaths were reported. 33 were vaccinated with at least 2 vaccine doses, 3 were not vaccinated. This raised the official state total to 921 deaths. There were 22 men and 14 women, 1 was aged in their 40s, 2 their 50s, 1 their 60s, 11 their 70s, 12 their 80s, and 9 in their 90s. 27 were from Sydney and suburbs: 9 south western Sydney, 8 western, 2 northern, 5 Sydney, 3 Northern Beaches. There was also 9 from regional NSW: 1 the Newcastle area, 1 Coffs Harbour area, 1 Lake Macquarie area, 1 New England area, 1 Northern Rivers area, Shellharbour area, 1 Bega Valley Shire area, 1 Southern Tablelands area, and 1 from the Taree area.[343]
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported were up at 29,830 from 29,504. Of those, 16,067 cases were from PCR tests, 13,763 RAT tests.[343]
Most new cases were from the Sydney region: 2,594 South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 2,100 South Eastern Sydney LHD, 2,868 Western Sydney LHD, 1,489 Northern Sydney LHD, and 1,312 from Sydney LHD. There were another 1,035 from Hunter New England LHD, 878 Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, and 928 Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, with numbers below 900 cases in all other LHDs.[343]
Cases admitted to hospital rose to 2,850, with 209 in intensive care and 63 on ventilation, all up.[343] The 36 deaths was a new state high, and numbers hospitalised were also a new high, up on the previous days' 2,776.

On 18 January another 32 deaths were reported. 23 were vaccinated with at least 2 doses of vaccine, 1 had 1 dose, 8 were not vaccinated. This raised the official state total to 953 deaths. There were 20 men and 12 women, 3 were aged in their 40s, 3 their 60s, 8 their 70s, 11 their 80s, and 7 in their 90s. 28 were from Sydney and suburbs: 11 south western Sydney, 2 western, 9 south east, 4 northern Sydney, 1 inner west, 1 from the Northern Beaches. There was also 4 from regional NSW: 2 from the Illawarra Shoalhaven region, 1 the Central Coast and 1 New England area.[344]
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported were up at 32,297 from 29,830. Of those, 19,847 cases were from PCR tests, 12,450 RAT tests. Of the RAT positives, 10,417 were from the previous seven days.[344]
Cases admitted to hospital rose to 2,863, with 217 in intensive care and 66 on ventilation, all up.[344] The numbers hospitalised set a new record high, slightly up on the previous days' 2,850.

On 19 January 25 deaths were reported. 16 were vaccinated with at least 2 doses of vaccine, 1 had 1 dose, 8 were not vaccinated. This raised the official state total to 978 deaths. There were 16 men and 9 women, 1 was aged in their 30s, 2 their 50s, 5 their 60s, 5 their 70s, 7 their 80s, 4 in their 90s and 1 over 100 years old. 17 were from Sydney and suburbs: 1 south western, 6 western, 5 south east, 3 inner west, 2 Northern Beaches. There was also 8 from regional NSW: 1 the Illawarra Shoalhaven region, 2 the Central Coast, 2 Lake Macquarie area, 1 Newcastle area, 1 Queanbeyan, and 1 Albury.[345]
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported were down at 30,825 from 32,297. Of those, 17,647 cases were from PCR tests, 13,178 RAT tests. Of the RAT positives, 11,034 were from the previous seven days.[345]
Cases admitted to hospital fell to 2,781, down to 212 in intensive care, and up slightly to 68 on ventilation.[345]

Over 1,000 deaths total

On 20 January 46 deaths were reported, a new state record. These deaths raised the official state total to 1,024 deaths. 7 were from 29 December 2021 to 13 January 2022, and were included after coronial enquiries were finished. 1 had 3 doses of vaccine, 29 had 2 doses, 2 had 1 dose. 14 were not vaccinated. There were 33 men and 13 women, 1 was aged in their 30s, 1 their 40s, 4 their 50s, 8 their 60s, 12 their 70s, 13 their 80s, 7 in their 90s.[346]
35 were from Sydney and suburbs: 20 south western, 5 western, 1 inner west, 2 Eastern Suburbs, 1 inner west, 2 Northern, 1 Northern Beaches, 3 Sydney's south. There was also 11 from regional NSW: 1 Port Macquarie, 1 Coffs Harbour, 1 Bega Valley area, 1 Singleton, 1 Jervis Bay area, 1 Wollongong, 1 the South Coast and 1 the Tweed Heads area, 2 Newcastle area, 1 Queanbeyan.[346]
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported were down at 25,168 from 30,825. Of those, 15,153 cases were from PCR tests, 10,015 RAT tests. Of the RAT positives, 8,774 were from the previous seven days.[346]
Cases admitted to hospital fell again to 2,743, down to 209 in intensive care, and unchanged at 68 on ventilation.[346]

On 21 January 30 deaths were reported. This raised the official state total to 1,054 deaths. 4 had 3 doses of vaccine, 16 had 2 doses, 1 had 1 dose. 9 were not vaccinated. There were 18 men and 12 women, 1 was aged in their 50s, 7 their 70s, 15 their 80s, 7 in their 90s.[347]
23 were from Sydney and suburbs: 10 south western, 1 inner Sydney, 5 Eastern Suburbs, 2 inner west, 2 north west, 3 Sydney's south. There was also 7 from regional NSW: 2 Northern Rivers, 1 Coffs Harbour, 2 Central Coast, 1 Dubbo, and 1 Wollongong. [347]
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported were down at 20,148 from 25,168. Of those, 11,582 cases were from PCR tests, 8,566 RAT tests. Of the RAT positives, 7,687 were from the previous seven days.[347]
Cases admitted to hospital rose from 2,743 to 2,762, down to 204 in intensive care, and up slightly to 70 on ventilation.[347]

On 22 January 34 deaths were reported. This raised the official state total to 1,088 deaths. 2 had 3 doses of vaccine, 23 had 2 doses, 3 had 1 dose. 6 were not vaccinated. There were 26 men and 8 women, 1 was aged in their 40s, 5 their 50s, 5 their 60s, 9 their 70s, 10 their 80s, 4 in their 90s.[348]
23 were from Sydney and suburbs: 11 south western, 4 western, 4 south eastern, 2 north west, 1 northern, 1 inner west Sydney. There was also 10 from regional NSW: 2 Northern Rivers, 3 Newcastle area, 1 Mid North Coast, 1 South Coast, 1 Riverina, 2 Wollongong area.[348]
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported were up at 20,324 from 20,148. Of those, 13,620 cases were from PCR tests, 6,704 RAT tests. Of the RAT positives, 6,165 were from the previous seven days. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 748,995.[348]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 2,762 to 2,712, down to 189 in intensive care, and up slightly to 72 on ventilation.[348]

On 23 January 24 deaths were reported. This raised the official state total to 1,112 deaths. 2 had 3 doses of vaccine, 16 had 2 doses, 3 had 1 dose. 3 were not vaccinated. There were 16 men and 8 women, 2 were aged in their 50s, 1 their 60s, 2 their 70s, 12 their 80s, and 7 in their 90s.[349]
22 were from Sydney and suburbs: 10 south western, 3 western, 5 south eastern, 4 inner west. There was also 2 from northern NSW.[349]
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported were down at 15,091 from 20,324. Of those, 8,190 cases were from PCR tests, 6,901 RAT tests. Of the RAT positives, 6,336 were from the previous seven days. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 757,386.[349]
Cases admitted to hospital rose from 2,712 to 2,816, up to 196 in intensive care, and down slightly to 69 on ventilation.[349]

On 24 January 29 deaths were reported. This raised the official state total to 1,141 deaths. 2 had 3 doses of vaccine, 21 had 2 doses. 6 were not vaccinated. There were 16 men and 13 women, 5 were aged in their 60s, 3 their 70s, 14 their 80s, 6 their 90s and 1 more than 100 years.[350]
21 were from Sydney and suburbs: 10 south western, 6 western, 3 south eastern, 2 northern Sydney. There was also 8 from regional NSW: 4 the Shellharbour area, 1 Wollongong area, 1 New England region, 1 Broken Hill, and 1 the Central Coast.[350]
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported were up at 18,512 from 15,091. Of those, 9,422 cases were from PCR tests, 9,090 RAT tests. Of the RAT positives, 8,242 were from the previous seven days. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 766,996.[350]
Cases admitted to hospital rose from 2,816 to 2,943, down to 183 in intensive care, and up slightly to 72 on ventilation.[350]

Also on 24 January, the restrictions in NSW regarding QR code check-ins, venue capacity, singing, dancing and mask wearing, all due to expire on 27 January, were extended by a month to 28 February.[351]

On 25 January 29 deaths were reported. This raised the official state total to 1,170 deaths. 6 had 3 doses of vaccine, 16 had 2 doses, 7 were not vaccinated. There were 17 men and 12 women, 2 were aged in their 50s, 3 their 60s, 2 their 70s, 16 their 80s and 6 in their 90s.[352]
19 were from Sydney and suburbs: 8 south western, 3 western, 4 northern Sydney, 2 Northern Beaches, 1 Eastern Suburbs, 1 Inner West. There was also 10 from regional NSW: 2 the Shellharbour area, 2 Wollongong area, 1 Mid North Coast, 1 the Mid Coast area, 1 Griffith area, 1 Northern Rivers region, 1 Tamworth region and 1 the Central Coast.[352]
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported were up at 21,030 from 18,512. Of those, 12,918 cases were from PCR tests, 8,112 RAT tests. Of the RAT positives, 7,416 were from the previous seven days. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 780,467.[352]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 2,943 to 2,794, down to 175 in intensive care, and up slightly to 75 on ventilation.[352]

On 26 January another 29 deaths were reported. This raised the official state total to 1,198 deaths. 4 had 3 doses of vaccine, 16 had 2 doses, 2 had 1 dose, 7 were not vaccinated. There were 19 men and 10 women, 2 were aged in their 60s, 8 their 70s, 13 their 80s and 6 in their 90s.[353]
23 were from Sydney and suburbs: 9 south western, 2 western, 2 south eastern, 1 northern Sydney, 2 Northern Beaches, 2 Inner Sydney, 2 Inner West, 3 Southern Sydney. There was also 6 from regional NSW: 2 Lake Macquarie area, 1 the Tweed area, 1 Batemans Bay, 1 Northern Rivers region, and 1 the Central Coast.[353]
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported were down at 17,316 from 21,030. Of those, 9,934 cases were from PCR tests, 7,382 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January, 229,793 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 780,467.[353]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 2,794 to 2,722, up to 181 in intensive care, and fell slightly to 72 on ventilation.[353]

On 27 January 35 deaths were reported in the preceding 24 hours, plus another 35 deaths (19 men and 16 women) from 2 to 20 January, all aged care facility residents in south western Sydney. This 70 dead raised the official state total to 1,268 deaths. Of the 35 most recent deaths, 8 had 3 doses of vaccine, 15 had 2 doses, 12 were not vaccinated. There were 20 men and 15 women, 1 was aged in their 40s, 2 their 60s, 6 their 70s, 11 their 80s, 14 their 90s and 1 was more than 100 years old.[354]
27 were from Sydney and suburbs: 12 south western, 7 western, 1 Eastern Suburbs, 2 northern, 1 Northern Beaches, 1 Inner West, 3 Southern Sydney. There was also 8 from regional NSW: 3 Lake Macquarie area, 1 the Tweed Heads area, 1 Northern Rivers region, 1 the Central Coast, 1 the Southern Tablelands, and 1 from Maitland.[354]
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported were down at 13,333 from 17,316. Of those, 6,256 cases were from PCR tests, 7,077 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 236,350 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 797,566.[354]
Cases admitted to hospital rose from 2,722 to 2,737, up to 189 in intensive care, and up to 78 on ventilation.[354]

On 28 January 49 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 8pm. This raised the official state total to 1,316 deaths. Of them, 11 had 3 doses of vaccine, 24 had 2 doses, 2 had 1 dose, 12 were not vaccinated. There were 28 men and 21 women, 2 were aged in their 60s, 10 their 70s, 17 their 80s, 19 their 90s, and 1 aged 100 years old.[355]
40 were from Sydney and suburbs: 25 south western, 7 western, 1 Eastern Suburbs, 2 northern, 3 Inner West, 2 Southern Sydney. There was also 9 from regional NSW: 1 Newcastle area, 1 Lake Macquarie area, 1 Tamworth region, 1 northern NSW, 1 the Riverina, 1 Central West, 1 the Mid Coast area, 2 the Mid North Coast.[355]
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported were up at 13,354 from 13,333. Of those, 7,928 cases were from PCR tests, 5,426 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 241,034 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 806,133.[355]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 2,737 to 2,693, down to 186 in intensive care, and down to 73 on ventilation.[355]

On 29 January a record 52 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 8pm. This raised the official state total to 1,368 deaths. Of them, 6 had 3 doses of vaccine, 32 had 2 doses, 2 had 1 dose, 12 were not vaccinated. There were 33 men and 19 women, 3 were aged in their 60s, 11 their 70s, 26 their 80s, 11 their 90s, and 1 aged over 100 years old.[356]
44 were from Sydney and suburbs: 26 south western, 5 western, 2 south eastern, 2 northern, 6 Inner West, 2 the Northern Beaches, 1 southern. There was also 8 from regional NSW: 1 Newcastle area, 1 Lake Macquarie area, 1 northern, 1 the Wollongong area, 1 Central Coast, and 3 from Dubbo.[356]
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported were up at 13,524 from 13,354. Of those, 7,492 cases were from PCR tests, 6,032 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 246,427 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 814,161.[356]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 2,693 to 2,663, down to 182 in intensive care, and unchanged at 73 on ventilation.[356]

On 30 January 27 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 8pm. This raised the official state total to 1,394 deaths. Of them, 8 had 3 doses of vaccine, 16 had 2 doses, 3 were not vaccinated. There were 17 men and 10 women, 5 were aged in their 60s, 6 their 70s, 10 their 80s, and 16 were in their 90s.[357] 17 were from Sydney and suburbs: 6 south western, 2 northern, 2 Inner West, 1 Northern Beaches, and 6 southern Sydney. There was also 10 from regional NSW: 2 Maitland, 2 the Riverina region, 1 the Northern Rivers region, 2 Wollongong, 2 Central Coast, and 1 from the Tweed Heads region.[357]
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported fell to 13,026 from 13,524. Of those, 7,362 cases were from PCR tests, 5,664 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 251,530 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 821,946.[357]
Cases admitted to hospital rose from 2,663 to 2,779, up to 185 in intensive care, and down to 67 on ventilation.[357]

On 31 January 30 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 8pm. This raised the official state total to 1,424 deaths. Of them, 5 had 3 doses of vaccine, 19 had 2 doses, 6 were not vaccinated. There were 21 men and 9 women, 1 was aged in their 30s, 1 their 50s, 5 their 70s, 19 their 80s, and 4 were in their 90s.[358] 20 were from Sydney and suburbs: 8 south western, 2 northern, 4 Inner West, 3 western, and 3 southern Sydney. There was also 10 from regional NSW: 2 Shellharbour area, 1 Dubbo, 1 Central Coast, 1 Hunter Region, 1 South Coast, 1 Mid North Coast, 1 from the Mid Coast, and 2 Tweed Heads region.[358]
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported fell to 12,818 from 13,026. Of those, 4,905 cases were from PCR tests, 7,913 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 258,867 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 827,141.[358]
Cases admitted to hospital fell 2,779 to 2,749, up to 186 in intensive care, and up to 70 on ventilation.[358]

On 1 February 27 deaths were reported in the 20 hours to 4pm.[c] This raised the official state total to 1,451 deaths. Of the new deaths, 4 had 3 doses of vaccine, 14 had 2 doses, 9 were not vaccinated. There were 15 men and 12 women, 1 was aged in their 50s, 3 their 60s, 3 their 70s, 11 their 80s, 8 their 90s, and 1 aged 100.[359] 21 were from Sydney and suburbs: 12 south western, 1 northern, 2 Inner West, 3 western, 1 Eastern Suburbs and 2 southern Sydney. There was also 6 from regional NSW: 1 the Riverina region, 1 Port Macquarie area, 1 South Coast, 1 Tamworth area, 1 Singleton, and 1 Newcastle.[359]
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported fell to 11,807 from 12,818. Of those, 5,493 cases were from PCR tests, 6,314 RAT tests.Since reporting started on 12 January 264,463 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 833,283.[359]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 2,749 to 2,622, down to 170 in intensive care, and up to 72 on ventilation.[359]

On 2 February 38 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,489 deaths. Of the new deaths, 4 had 3 doses of vaccine, 24 had 2 doses, 1 had 1 dose, 9 were not vaccinated. There were 22 men and 16 women, 2 were aged in their 50s, 4 their 60s, 9 their 70s, 13 their 80s, and 10 in their 90s.[360] 27 were from Sydney and suburbs: 9 south western, 2 northern, 1 Inner West, 3 western, 8 Eastern Suburbs, and 4 southern Sydney. There was also 11 from regional NSW: 1 Riverina region, 1 Albury, 1 Central West, 1 Snowy Mountains, 1 Southern Highlands, 2 Coffs Harbour area, 3 northern, 1 Newcastle region.[360]
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported fell to 12,632 from 12,818. Of those, 5,485 cases were from PCR tests, 7,147 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 270,874 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 839,412.[359]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 2,622 to 2,578, down to 160 in intensive care, and to 68 on ventilation.[360]

Over 1,500 deaths total

On 3 February 31 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,520 deaths. Of the new deaths, 10 had 3 doses of vaccine, 18 had 2 doses, 3 were not vaccinated. There were 21 men and 10 women; 1 was aged in their 60s, 7 their 70s, 12 their 80s, 10 their 90s, and 1 aged 100.[5] 20 were from Sydney and suburbs: 9 south western, 1 northern, 1 Northern Beaches, 1 north west, 1 Inner West, 4 western, and 3 southern Sydney. There was also 11 from regional NSW: 1 Riverina region, 2 Shellharbour, 2 Wollongong, 2 Central Coast, 1 Hunter region, 1 South Coast, 1 Northern Rivers, 1 Clarence Valley region.[5]
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported fell to 10,698 from 12,632. Of those, 4,576 cases were from PCR tests, 6,122 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 276,418 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 844,422.[5]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 2,578 to 2,494, unchanged at 160 in intensive care, and up to 75 on ventilation.[5]

On 4 February 18 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,538 deaths. Of the new deaths, 2 had 3 doses of vaccine, 14 had 2 doses, 1 had 1 dose, 1 was not vaccinated. There were 11 men and 7 women; 1 was aged in their 40s, 3 their 60s, 4 their 70s, 6 their 80s, and 4 their 90s.[361] 11 were from Sydney and suburbs: 4 south western, 1 northern, 2 north west, 3 western, and 1 southern Sydney. There was also 7 from regional NSW: 1 Port Stephens, 2 Central West, 1 Central Coast, 1 South Coast, 1 Coffs Harbour region, 1 Macarthur region.[361]
Daily new cases (positive test results) reported fell to 8,389 from 10,698. Of those, 5,300 cases were from PCR tests, 3,089 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 281,289 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 847,873.[361]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 2,494 to 2,337, down to 152 in intensive care, and fell to 70 on ventilation.[361]

On 5 February 28 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,566 deaths. Of the new deaths, 5 had 3 doses of vaccine, 20 had 2 doses, 3 were not vaccinated. There were 17 men and 11 women; 2 were aged in their 40s, 3 their 60s, 6 their 70s, 10 their 80s, and 7 their 90s.[362] 20 were from Sydney and suburbs: 6 south western, 3 northern, 4 south east, 1 north west, 2 western, 3 Inner West, and 1 southern Sydney. There was also 8 from regional NSW: 3 Newcastle area, 2 Central Coast, 1 Mid North Coast, 1 Wagga Wagga area and 1 the Lower Hunter area.[362]
Daily new cases reported fell to 7,893 from 10,698. Of those, 3,556 cases were from PCR tests, 4,337 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 285,053 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 851,913.[362]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 2,337 to 2,321, down to 147 in intensive care, and fell to 66 on ventilation.[362]

On 6 February 14 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,580 deaths. Of the new deaths, 2 had 3 doses of vaccine, 7 had 2 doses, 1 had 1 dose, 4 were not vaccinated. There were 9 men and 5 women; 1 was aged in their 40s, 1 their 50s, 2 their 60s, 5 their 70s, 3 their 80s, and 2 their 90s.[363] 10 were from Sydney and suburbs: 3 south western, 1 northern, 4 western, and 2 Inner West. There was also 4 from regional NSW: 2 Shellharbour region, 1 Wollongong area, and 1 the Central Coast.[363]
Daily new cases reported fell to 7,437 from 7,893. Of those, 3,520 cases were from PCR tests, 3,917 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 288,513 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 855,741.[363]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 2,321 to 2,099, down to 137 in intensive care, and fell to 60 on ventilation.[363]

On 7 February 18 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,598 deaths. Of the new deaths, 3 had 3 doses of vaccine, 10 had 2 doses, 5 were not vaccinated. There were 12 men and 6 women; 2 were aged in their 60s, 5 their 70s, 6 their 80s, and 5 their 90s.[364] 8 were from Sydney and suburbs: 2 south western, 1 northern, 2 western, 2 Eastern Suburbs, and 1 Inner West. 10 deaths, the majority, were from regional NSW: 3 Coffs Harbour region, 2 Port Macquarie region, 1 the Blue Mountains, 1 Albury, 1 Hunter region, 1 Newcastle, and 1 the Central Coast.[364]
Daily new cases reported rose to 9,690 from 7,437. Of those, 2,880 cases were from PCR tests, 6,810 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 294,959 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 858,886.[364]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 2,099 to 2,068, down to 132 in intensive care, and up by 1 to 61 on ventilation.[364]

On 8 February 20 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,618 deaths. Of the new deaths, 8 had 3 doses of vaccine, 9 had 2 doses, 3 were not vaccinated. There were 11 men and 9 women; 4 were aged in their 60s, 2 their 70s, 8 their 80s, and 6 their 90s.[365] 13 were from Sydney and suburbs: 4 south western, 1 south, 1 northern, 4 western, 2 Eastern Suburbs, and 1 Inner West. The other 7 were from regional NSW: 1 Central West, 1 northern, 1 Albury, 1 Hunter Valley, 1 Newcastle, and 2 the Central Coast.[365]
Daily new cases reported rose to 10,312 from 9,690. Of those, 4,351 cases were from PCR tests, 5,961 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 300,353 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 863,703.[365]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 2,068 to 1,906, steady at 132 in intensive care and 61 on ventilation.[365]

On 9 February 24 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,642 deaths. Of the new deaths, 8 had 3 doses of vaccine, 9 had 2 doses, 7 were not vaccinated. There were 15 men and 9 women; 1 was aged in their 40s, 1 their 60s, 5 their 70s, 9 their 80s, 7 their 90s, and 1 over 100 years.[366] 10 were from Sydney and suburbs: 3 south western, 1 south, 1 north shore, 1 western, 1 south eastern, 1 inner Sydney, and 2 inner west. The other 14 were from regional NSW: 1 Central West, 1 Northern Rivers, 1 Coffs Harbour, 2 the Hunter region, 1 Shellharbour, 2 Central Coast, 4 Port Macquarie, 1 Tweed Shire, 1 the mid coast.[366]
Daily new cases reported fell to 10,130 from 10,312. Of those, 4,306 cases were from PCR tests, 5,824 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 305,722 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 868,335.[366]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 1,906 to 1,795, down to 121 in intensive care and 55 on ventilation.[366]

On 10 February 19 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,661 deaths. Of the new deaths: 2 were aged under 65, 1 had 3 doses, 1 had 2 doses of vaccine (each had underlying health conditions); of those over 65, 3 had 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 5 had 2 doses, 9 were not vaccinated. There were 14 men and 5 women; 2 were aged in their 50s, 1 their 60s, 7 their 70s, 5 their 80s, and 4 their 90s[367] 15 were from Sydney and suburbs: 6 south western, 1 south, 3 northern suburbs, 3 western, and 2 inner west. The other 4 were from regional NSW: 1 Coffs Harbour, 1 the Upper Hunter, 1 the Shellharbour region, 1 Queanbeyan.[367]
Daily new cases reported fell to 8,950 from 10,130. Of those, 3,661 cases were from PCR tests, 5,289 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 310,556 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 872,355.[367]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 1,795 to 1,716, down to 108 in intensive care and 48 on ventilation.[367]

On 11 February 32 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. 11 of the deaths occcured from 22 January to 5 February, and were included after the end of coronial inquiries. This raised the official state total to 1,693 deaths. Of the new deaths: 8 were aged under 65, 3 of them had 3 doses, 3 had 2 doses of vaccine; 2 were not vaccinated. 7 had underlying health conditions. There were 25 men and 7 women; 1 was aged in their 40s, 2 their 50s, 7 their 60s, 11 their 70s, 6 their 80s, and 5 their 90s.[22] 23 were from Sydney and suburbs: 6 south western, 7 south eastern, 1 northern Sydney, 7 western, and 2 inner west. The other 9 were from regional NSW: 1 Mid North Coast, 1 the Lower Hunter, 1 Newcastle area, 1 Riverina, 4 Central Coast, and 1 Western NSW. [22]
Daily new cases reported fell to 8,183 from 8,950. Of those, 3,288 cases were from PCR tests, 4,895 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 314,988 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 876,020.[22]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 1,716 to 1,650, down to 104 in intensive care and slightly down to 47 on ventilation.[22]

On 12 February 22 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. 1 of the deaths, a man in his 40s, occurred on 26 January at Junee Correctional Centre. This raised the official state total to 1,715 deaths. Of the new deaths: 3 were aged under 65, all 3 had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and underlying health conditions. Of those over 65: 2 had 3 doses of vaccine, 9 had 2 doses. 8 were not vaccinated. There were 13 men and 9 women; 1 was aged in their 40s, 1 their 50s, 2 their 60s, 4 their 70s, 9 their 80s, 4 their 90s, and 1 over 100.[368] 13 were from Sydney and suburbs: 4 south western, 5 western, 3 south eastern, 1 inner Sydney. The other 9 were from regional NSW: 2 Shellharbour region, 1 Lower Hunter region, 1 Taree region, 1 Port Stephens region, 1 Tweed region, 2 Central Coast, and 1 in a correctional setting (Junee).[368]
Daily new cases reported fell to 6,686 from 8,183. Of those, 2,385 cases were from PCR tests, 4,301 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 318,945 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 878,638.[368]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 1,650 to 1,614, down to 93 in intensive care and down to 44 on ventilation.[368]

On 13 February, 14 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,729 deaths. Of the new deaths: 4 had 3 doses of vaccine, 6 had 2 doses. 4 were not vaccinated. There were 9 men and 5 women; 1 was aged in their 60s, 4 their 70s, 4 their 80s, and 5 were in their 90s.[369] 10 were from Sydney and suburbs: 2 south western, 2 western, 2 Eastern Suburbs, 2 Inner West, 1 northern Sydney, 1 southern Sydney. The other 4 were from regional NSW: 2 the Riverina, 1 Lower Hunter, and 1 southern NSW.[369]
Daily new cases reported fell to 6,184 from 6,686. Of those, 2,144 cases were from PCR tests, 4,040 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 881,121 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 322,610.[369]
Cases admitted to hospital rose from 1,614 to 1,649, up to 100 in intensive care and up to 47 on ventilation.[369]

On 14 February, 16 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,745 deaths. Of the new deaths: 3 had 3 doses of vaccine, 7 had 2 doses. 1 had a dose, and 5 were not vaccinated. There were 12 men and 4 women; 3 were aged in their 70s, 7 their 80s, and 6 were in their 90s.[370] 9 were from Sydney and suburbs: 3 south-western, 1 western, 1 Inner Sydney, 2 Inner West, 2 southern Sydney. The other 7 were from regional NSW: 3 Shellharbour region, 1 Newcastle area, 1 Port Macquarie area, 2 northern NSW.[370]
Daily new cases reported rose to 8,201 from 6,184. Of those, 1,460 cases were from PCR tests, 6,741 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 329,141 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 882,737.[370]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 1,649 to 1,583, down to 96 in intensive care and stayed at 47 on ventilation.[370]

On 15 February, 27 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,772 deaths. Of the new deaths: 8 had 3 doses of vaccine, 13 had 2 doses. 1 had a dose, and 5 were not vaccinated. There were 19 men and 8 women; 3 were aged in their 60s, 2 their 70s, 10 their 80s, 11 their 90s, and 1 was in their 100s.[371] 18 were from Sydney and suburbs: 5 south-western, 4 western, 1 Inner Sydney, 1 Inner West, 2 southern, 5 Northern Beaches.The other 9 were from regional NSW: 4 Shellharbour region, 1 Newcastle area, 2 Mid Coast area, 1 Central Coast, and 1 Central West.[371]
Daily new cases reported rose to 10,463 from 8,201. Of those, 4,068 cases were from PCR tests, 6,395 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 334,802 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 887,470.[371]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 1,583 to 1,478, down to 92 in intensive care and down slightly to 46 on ventilation.[371]

On 16 February, 14 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,786 deaths. Of the new deaths: 3 had 3 doses of vaccine, 6 had 2 doses. 1 had a dose, and 4 were not vaccinated. There were 10 men and 4 women; 2 were aged in their 60s, 4 their 70s, 5 their 80s, and 3 in their 90s.[372] 10 were from Sydney and suburbs: 5 south western, 3 Inner West, 1 south eastern, 1 northern Sydney. The other 4 were from regional NSW: 1 Shellharbour area, 1 Wollongong area, 1 Central Coast, and 1 Albury area.[372]
Daily new cases reported fell to 9,995 from 10,463. Of those, 4,248 cases were from PCR tests, 5,747 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 339,815 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 892,366.[372]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 1,478 to 1,447, static at 92 in intensive care and up slightly to 47 on ventilation.[372]

On 17 February, 15 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,791 deaths. Of the new deaths: 2 had 3 doses of vaccine, 8 had 2 doses, and 5 were not vaccinated. There were 8 men and 7 women; 1 was aged in their 50s, 2 their 60s, 4 their 70s, 5 their 80s, and 3 in their 90s.[373] 7 were from Sydney and suburbs: 3 south western, 2 Inner West, 1 inner Sydney, 1 north west Sydney. The other 4 were from regional NSW: 4 Port Macquarie area, 1 northern NSW, 2 Central Coast, and 1 the South Coast.[373]
Daily new cases reported fell to 9,243 from 9,995. Of those, 3,867 cases were from PCR tests, 5,376 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 344,762 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 896,628.[373]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 1,447 to 1,381, static at 92 in intensive care and unchanged at 47 on ventilation.[373]

On 18 February, 12 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,813 deaths. Of the new deaths: 2 were aged under 65, 1 had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 1 was unvaccinated, both had underlying health conditions. Of those over 65: 1 had 3 doses of vaccine, 8 had 2 doses. 1 was not vaccinated. There were 6 men and 6 women; 1 was aged in their 50s, 1 their 60s, 2 their 70s, 4 their 80s, and 4 in their 90s.[374] 5 were from Sydney and suburbs: 1 south western, 1 inner west, 1 western, 1 southern, 1 south eastern. The other 7 were from regional NSW: 1 Port Macquarie area, 1 Wollongong area, 1 Central Coast, 1 South Coast, 2 Western NSW, and 1 the Riverina.[374]
Daily new cases reported fell to 7,615 from 9,243. Of those, 4,768 cases were from PCR tests, 4,768 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 349,111 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 899,804.[374]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 1,381 to 1,297, down to 81 in intensive care and fell to 40 on ventilation.[374]

On 19 February, 21 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,834 deaths. Of the new deaths: 2 were aged under 65, 1 had 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 1 had 2 doses, both had underlying health conditions. Of those over 65: 9 had 3 doses of vaccine, 7 had 2 doses. 3 were not vaccinated. There were 15 men and 6 women; 1 was aged in their 50s, 3 their 60s, 5 their 70s, 11 their 80s, and 1 in their 90s.[375] 17 were from Sydney and suburbs: 5 south western, 3 inner west, 3 western, 3 south eastern, 1 north west, 2 northern Sydney. The other 4 were from regional NSW: 1 Grafton area, 1 Wollongong area, 1 Central Coast, and 1 Tamworth region.[375]
Daily new cases reported fell to 5,582 from 7,615. Of those, 1,716 cases were from PCR tests, 3,866 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 352,703 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 901,751[375]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 1,297 to 1,280, down to 77 in intensive care and fell to 35 on ventilation.[375]

On 20 February, 7 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,841 deaths. Of the new deaths: 5 had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 2 were not vaccinated. They were all men; 1 was aged in their 60s, 2 their 70s, 3 their 80s, and 1 in his 90s.[376] 3 were from Sydney and suburbs: 1 inner west, 1 western, 1 northern Sydney. The other 4 were from regional NSW: 1 the Hawkesbury region, 1 Riverina region, 1 Central Coast, and 1 Mid Coast region.[376]
Daily new cases reported fell to 4,916 from 5,582. Of those, 1,259 cases were from PCR tests, 3,657 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 356,176 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 903,138.[376]
Cases admitted to hospital rose from 1,280 to 1,288, down to 74 in intensive care and fell to 33 on ventilation.[376]

On 21 February, 14 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,855 deaths. Of the new deaths: 4 had 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 7 had 2 doses, 3 were not vaccinated. They were 11 men, and 3 women; 4 were aged in their 60s, 1 their 70s, 5 their 80s, and 4 in their 90s.[377] 10 were from Sydney and suburbs: 5 south-western, 2 Inner West, 2 south-east, 1 southern Sydney. The other 4 were from regional NSW: 1 Northern Rivers region, 1 the Central Coast, 1 Cessnock, and 1 from Wollongong.[377]
Daily new cases reported rose to 8,752 from 4,916. Of those, 2,716 cases were from PCR tests, 6,036 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 361,695 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 906,286.[377]
Cases admitted to hospital rose from 1,288 to 1,293, down to 71 in intensive care and fell to 31 on ventilation.[377]

On 22 February, 6 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,861 deaths. Of the new deaths: 3 had 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 2 had 2 doses, 1 was not vaccinated. They were 2 men, and 4 women; 3 were aged in their 80s, and 3 in their 90s.[378] 2 were from Sydney and suburbs: 1 south-western, 1 southern Sydney. The other 4 were from regional NSW: 1 Shellharbour region, 1 Mid North Coast, 1 Riverina region, and 1 from southern NSW.[378]
Daily new cases reported rose to 8,931 from 8,752. Of those, 3,270 cases were from PCR tests, 5,661 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 366,921 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 909,972.[378]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 1,293 to 1,246, down to 69 in intensive care and fell to 29 on ventilation.[378]

On 23 February, 12 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,873 deaths. Of the new deaths: 3 had 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 8 had 2 doses, 3 were not vaccinated. They were 7 men, and 5 women; 5 were aged in their 70s, 5 their 80s, 1 their 90s, and 1 over 100 years.[379] 6 were from Sydney and suburbs: 3 south-western, 2 south eastern, and 1 southern Sydney. The other 6 were from regional NSW: 1 Newcastle area, 1 the Central Coast, 1 Grafton, 1 Inverell area, 1 Moree area, and 1 from Queanbeyan.[379]
Daily new cases reported fell to 8,271 from 8,931. Of those, 3,021 cases were from PCR tests, 5,250 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 371,730 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 913,382.[379]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 1,246 to 1,211, down to 59 in intensive care and fell to 27 on ventilation.[379]

On 24 February, 6 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,879 deaths. Of the new deaths: 2 had 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 3 had two doses. They were 6 men, and 1 woman; 1 was aged in their 50s, 1 their 70s, 4 their 80s.[380] The man in his 50s had 2 doses of vaccine and significant underlying health conditions. 5 were from south-western Sydney, 1 from the Northern Rivers region.[380]
Daily new cases reported fell from 8,271 to 7,583. Of those, 2,809 cases were from PCR tests, 4,774 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 376,089 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 916,503.[380]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 1,211 to 1,144, rose to 64 in intensive care and up to 28 on ventilation.[380]

On 25 February, 11 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,890 deaths. Of the new deaths: 4 had 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 6 had two doses. 1 was unvaccinated. They were 7 men, and 4 women; 1 was aged in their 40s, 1 their 60s, 4 their 70s, 3 their 80s, and 2 their 90s.[381] The man in his 40s had 3 vaccine doses, and significant underlying health conditions. 7 were from Sydney and suburbs: 2 south-western, 2 south-western, 1 western, 1 Sydney's Inner West. The other 4 were from regional NSW: 1 the Tamworth region, 1 the Central Tablelands region, 1 Shellharbour region, and 1 Northern Rivers region.[381]
Daily new cases reported fell from 7,583 to 7,017. Of those, 2,621 cases were from PCR tests, 4,396 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 380,090 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 919,471.[381]
Cases admitted to hospital fell to 1,130 from 1,144, down to 59 in intensive care and fell to 24 on ventilation.[381]

On 26 February, 7 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,897 deaths. Of the new deaths: 5 had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 1 had 1 dose. 1 was unvaccinated. They were 6 men, and 1 woman; 2 were aged in their 60s, 3 in their 80s, 1 their 90s, and 1 was aged over 100.[382] 3 were from Sydney and suburbs: 1 south-western, 1 northern beaches, 1 eastern suburbs. The other 4 were from regional NSW: 1 the Shoalhaven region, 1 the south coast, 1 Newcastle area, and 1 from north western NSW.[382]
Daily new cases reported fell from 7,017 to 6,014 Of those, 2,198 cases were from PCR tests, 3,816 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 383,612 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 921,933.[382]
Cases admitted to hospital rose slightly to 1,146 from 1,144, down to 58 in intensive care and fell to 21 on ventilation.[382]

On 27 February, 6 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,903 deaths. Of the new deaths: 3 had 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 1 had 2 doses, 1 had 1 dose. 1 was unvaccinated. They were 5 men, and 1 woman; 1 was aged in their 50s, 1 their 60s, 2 their 70s, and 2 in their 90s.[383] 2 were from Sydney: 1 south-western, 1 Western Sydney. The other 4 were from regional NSW: 1 Dubbo, 1 Wollongong area, 1 Northern Rivers, and 1 Queanbeyan.[383]
Daily new cases reported fell from 6,014 to 5,856. Of those, 1,794 cases were from PCR tests, 4,062 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 387,479 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 923,888.[383]
Cases admitted to hospital fell to 1,136 from 1,146, down to 55 in intensive care and fell to 16 on ventilation.[383]

On 28 February, 9 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,912 deaths. Of the new deaths: 4 had 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 4 had 2 doses. 1 was unvaccinated. They were 4 men, and 5 woman; 1 was aged in their 60s, 1 their 70s, 4 their 80s, and 3 in their 90s.[384] 5 were from Sydney: 2 south-western, 1 Inner Sydney., 1 Northern Sydney, 1 Northern Beaches. The other 4 were from regional NSW: 1 Goulburn, 1 Kiama, 1 Nowra, and 1 Orange. [384]
Daily new cases reported rose to 8,874 from 6,014. Of those, 2,286 cases were from PCR tests, 6,588 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 393,803 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 926,387.[384]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 1,136 to 1,098, down to 49 in intensive care and up to 18 on ventilation.[384]

March

On 1 March, 5 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,917 deaths. Of the new deaths: 3 had 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 2 had 2 doses. They were 3 men, and 2 women; 1 was aged in their 70s, 2 their 80s, and 2 in their 90s.[385] 3 were from Sydney: 2 Western, 1 Eastern Suburbs. The other 2 were from regional NSW: 1 Central West, and 1 the Riverina region.[385]
Daily new cases reported rose from 8,874 to 10,650. Of those, 3,706 cases were from PCR tests, 6,944 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 400,363 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 930,443.[385]
Cases admitted to hospital fell to 1,072 from 1,098, down to 45 in intensive care and up slightly to 19 on ventilation.[385]

On 2 March, 9 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,926 deaths. Of the new deaths: 3 had 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 1 had 2 doses, 1 had 1 dose. 4 were unvaccinated. They were 7 men, and 2 women; 1 was aged in their 30s, 1 their 40s, 2 their 50s, 1 their 60s, 2 their 70s, 1 their 80s, and 1 in their 90s. All those under 65 had underlying health conditions.[386] 8 were from Sydney and suburbs: 4 south-western, 3 Western, 1 inner west Sydney. The last 1 was from the Shoalhaven region.[386]
Daily new cases reported rose to 11,338 from 10,650. Of those, 3,673 cases were from PCR tests, 7,665 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 407,597 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 934,494.[386]
Cases admitted to hospital fell to 1,035 from 1,072, down to 43 in intensive care and down to 17 on ventilation.[386]

On 3 March, 2 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,928 deaths. They were both men, 1 was aged in their 80s, had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and was from Sydney's Easter Suburbs. The other was in their 90s, not vaccinated, and from the Forster and Taree area.[387]
Daily new cases reported fell from 11,338 to 9,466. Of those, 3,416 cases were from PCR tests, 6,050 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 413,297 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 938,224.[387]
Cases admitted to hospital fell from 1,035 to 1,000, down to 42 in intensive care and slightly up to 18 on ventilation.[387]

On 4 March, 10 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,938 deaths. Of the new deaths: 6 had 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 3 had 2 doses, 1 had 1 dose. 1 was unvaccinated. They were 5 men, and 5 women; 1 was aged in their 60s, 2 their 70s, 4 their 80s, 2 their 90s, and 1 was aged 100. 6 were from Sydney and suburbs: 1 south-western, 1 north-west, 2 western, 1 inner Sydney, 1 Inner West Sydney. The other 4 were from regional NSW: 1 Port Macquarie region,1 Wollongong, 1 Lake Macquarie region, and 1 from the Northern Rivers region.[21]
Daily new cases reported rose to 10,017 from 9,466. Of those, 3,395 cases were from PCR tests, 6,622 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 419,573 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 941,918.[21]
Cases admitted to hospital fell to 995 from 1,035, up to 45 in intensive care and stayed at 18 on ventilation.[21]

On 5 March, 5 deaths were reported in the 24 hours to 4pm. This raised the official state total to 1,943 deaths. Of the new deaths: 1 had 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 4 had 2 doses. They were 4 men, and 1 woman; 2 were aged in their 70s, 2 their 90s, and 1 was aged over 100.[4] 4 were from Sydney and suburbs: 1 south-western, 1 inner, 1 Inner West, and 1 southern Sydney. The last was from western regional NSW.[4]
Daily new cases reported fell from 10,017 to 8,782. Of those, 3,273 cases were from PCR tests, 5,509 RAT tests. Since reporting started on 12 January 424,709 positive RATs have been reported. Total cases detected by PCR tests since the pandemic began reached 945,542.[4]
Cases admitted to hospital rose from 995 to 1,009, down to 43 in intensive care and fell to 16 on ventilation.[4]

Statistics

Plot of COVID-19 cumulative cases in New South Wales[388]

Plot of COVID-19 daily cases in New South Wales[388]

Plot of COVID-19 cumulative deaths in NSW[389]

• 11 July 2021 in above graph was first death in Sydney's Delta outbreak
Note: Death plot data up to 5 March 2022

Event cancellations

As a consequence of social distancing requirements, lockdowns, travel restrictions, and state or national border closures implemented when the COVID-19 pandemic occurred, numerous events in 2020 and 2021 were cancelled, rescheduled, postponed, reduced in size, or changed location. Some went to an online or streaming format. Some events, such as Vivid Sydney were cancelled for the second year in a row. Into early 2021 some events, such as Skyfire, regional agricultural shows, and music festivals (Byron Bay Bluesfest and Groovin the Moo)[67][390] were cancelled. As of 16 January 2021 twenty regional town shows scheduled for January or February 2021 had been postponed or cancelled in New South Wales.[391]

  • In 2020, the Sydney Royal Easter Show, the largest ticketed event in Australia, was cancelled only for the third time in its 197-year history.[392] The 2021 Easter show went ahead with restrictions such as limits on patron numbers.[393]
  • Vivid Sydney was cancelled in 2020 for the first time in its history,[394] then cancelled again in 2021.[395]
  • The 2020 Sydney Writers' Festival suspended ticket sales and are expected to cancel their seasons.[396]
  • The Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2020 was cancelled on 16 March.[397]
  • The 2020 Byron Bay Bluesfest was cancelled due to the introduction of 14-day self-isolation for anyone entering Australia.[398] The 2021 Bluesfest scheduled for 1–5 April, was also cancelled, one day before it was to commence, by a public health order signed by the Minister for Health Brad Hazzard. A case of community transmission was found in Byron Bay after people linked to the Brisbane 'nurse cluster' visited venues in Byron Bay while unknowingly infectious.[67]
  • In 2020, Hunter Valley Steamfest was cancelled,[399][400] and cancelled again in 2021.[401]
  • Splendour in the Grass 2020 was first postponed from July until 23–25 October 2020,[402] then postponed again to 2021.[403]
  • The 2020 Sydney Film Festival was cancelled on 18 March 2020.[404] The 2021 "67th Sydney Film Festival: Virtual Edition and Awards" were to be run "virtually" on 10–21 June 2021 via the festival website.[405]
  • On 17 March 2020, the Canowindra International Balloon Challenge, due to be held in April, was cancelled due to concerns about "the spread of coronavirus".[406] The 2021 event was held as scheduled on 26 April to 1 May.[407][408]
  • On 8 September 2020, Tamworth Regional Council voted to cancel the 49th Tamworth Country Music Festival. The Country Music Awards of Australia (Golden Guitar Awards), an annual awards night held during the Festival, is planned to proceed via online streaming.[409]
  • On 19 December, the 2020 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race was cancelled due to an outbreak in the Greater Sydney region. Crews, officials and supporters would have had to quarantine on arrival in Hobart.[410]
  • The 2020 City2Surf 50th-anniversary run was pushed back from 9 August until 18 October, and the live event was cancelled. The event was run as a virtual event where participants ran the length of the course on their local streets using an app.[411] The same happened in 2021, when Sydney was in another lockdown.[412]
  • Under the Southern Stars music festival was cancelled in 2020, and in April 2021 that years' was postponed to 2022.[413]
  • An alternate 2021 National NAIDOC Awards event was planned for 3 July 2021 at the Sydney Opera House after the awards ceremony in Alice Springs (Mparntwe) was cancelled.[414] After Sydney went into COVID lockdown on 23 June, the Sydney ceremony was postponed as rules for travellers returning to the Northern Territory meant that most people could not attend the Sydney event without a 14-day quarantine.[80][415]
  • On 9 September 2021, the 2021 NRL Grand Final, set for 3 October at Stadium Australia was moved interstate to Suncorp Stadium in Queensland due to "the current Covid-19 situation in Greater Sydney and across the state".[227]
  • The Numeralla Folk Festival was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, and in mid-January 2021 the 2021 event was also cancelled after the state government again tightened restrictions, extending a ban on indoor live singing to outdoors.[416]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ 2 deaths of Queensland residents in NSW are reported under NSW Health's figures, but are excluded from this total.
  2. ^ NSW Health ceased reporting the number of cases directly linked to the Bondi index case on July 10.
  3. ^ The reporting period was changed to end at 4pm, previously 8pm


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