NSW has 1259 new cases, hits 80pc jab milestone

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is speaking in Sydney outside Qudos Bank arena, one of the state’s mass vaccination hubs.

She 80 per cent of over-16s will have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine today.

Berejiklian says because of this, the curfew will be lifted in the 12 areas of concern in Sydney’s west and south-west.

It comes as NSW reported 1259 new cases and 12 deaths.

The curfew will end from tomorrow morning.

“Please make sure that if you live in those local government areas of concern that you stick to every other rule that’s in place,” Berejiklian says.

The western Sydney mayor of one of the city’s 12 hotspots says lockdowns are “unsustainable”.

Fairfield City Council mayor Frank Carbone and his local counterparts met Premier Gladys Berejiklian over Zoom yesterday to discuss the tougher stay-at-home orders in those 12 hotspots.

Carbone has told the ABC this morning that lockdowns have their place in the short term.

“They are aren’t sustainable,” Carbone says.

He says Berejiklian didn’t make any promises yesterday, but she did listen to the mayors’ concerns.

“And there were disagreements. But I do appreciate the Premier making time. I wish it happened earlier,” he says.

Carbone says if vaccination is the path to freedom, then his council should be out of lockdown.

The latest NSW Health data shows nearly 77 per cent of over-16s in Fairfield have had at least one coronavirus vaccine dose, but only 35 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, nearly 48 per cent of NSW’s over-16s are fully vaccinated. The state is on track to have 80 per cent of over-16s with one dose before the day’s out.

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