NSW reports 1063 COVID-19 cases on 90th day of lockdown

NSW reported 1063 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, which marks 90 days since Greater Sydney went into lockdown.

The number of people in hospital increased to 1244 from 1232, while the number of people in intensive care fell to 233 from 242.

Six people died from COVID-19, taking the death toll from the current outbreak to 266.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said 83.6 per cent of the state’s adult population had received at least one jab of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 55.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the government was considering how to change the state’s quarantine arrangements when NSW hits 70 per cent double dose.

Hazzard said the government was considering what home quarantine arrangements will be required if a fully vaccinated person is a close contact of a COVID-19 case.

Currently close contacts must isolate for 14 days, regardless of their vaccination status.

He also told Australian Financial Review reporter Finbar O’Mallon that the state’s quarantine arrangements for international travellers were “onerous” and that “there will be changes” to these arrangements once the state’s vaccination rate climbs higher.

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