NSW records 818 new cases

NSW has recorded 818 new local coronavirus cases, with 42 infectious in the community.

There were a further three deaths in the community.

The three deaths were all people in their 80s with underlying health conditions.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says 780,000 people vaccinated in NSW currently at 5.9 million doses, “a week ahead of schedule” for her 6 million dose target.

Scott Morrison is refusing to say whether states that back away from the national reopening plan will get Commonwealth income support if they throw their citizens into lockdown.

The PM also says there is no “freedom day” in the calendar for when restrictions are eased – instead that it is determined by when vaccination coverage hits 70 per cent and 80 per cent.

Morrison says he understands that people may be concerned about rising case numbers when restrictions are eased at 70 per cent vaccination coverage but the public health system was in good shape.

He says it “puzzles” me why anyone would go against the national plan, which had been developed by experts but did not say whether this would cost states financial support.

“We have to deal with it otherwise we can’t stay in the cave forever,” he says.

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