NSW reports 1029 new cases, announcement on return to schools to be revealed tomorrow

Residents were granted small freedoms from NSW’s tight coronavirus lockdown, even as new local cases rose again by a record 1029 infections on Thursday.

Authorities also reported the deaths of three more people who tested positive for the virus, including a man in his 30s. None of them were vaccinated.

Fully vaccinated adults from the same household in the 12 local government areas in Sydney considered hotspots will be able to head outdoors for one hour’s recreation from Monday, September 13.

For the rest of the state, groups of up to five fully vaccinated people will be allowed outdoors for recreation within their local government area or five kilometres from home.

Under current rules, recreation is not a reason to leave the house for residents.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says an announcement on reopening schools will be made tomorrow.

“We don’t really want to be concerned about the safety of children,” Berejiklian says.

She points to the announcement earlier from Prime Minister Scott Morrison that 12 to 15 year olds will be able to get the Pfizer vaccine.

Berejiklian says already have plans and she’s looking forward to announcing them.

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said yesterday even if vaccination was opened up to more 12 to 15 year olds, not just those with critical status, then supply remained an issue.

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