12 Sep 2021

NSW Covid-19: 1262 community cases and seven deaths

1:59 pm on 12 September 2021

New South Wales has recorded 1262 locally acquired Covid-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm yesterday and seven deaths.

A cyclist in Sydney on Friday 27 August 2021 during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Photo: AFP

These figures come from 105,505 tests yesterday.

There are now 1206 people in hospital, with 220 people in the ICU and 92 on a ventilator.

Those who died were:

  • A man in his 20s from western Sydney died at Nepean Hospital.
  • A woman in her 40s from south-western Sydney died at Campbelltown Hospital
  • A woman in her 50s from south-western Sydney died at St George Hospital
  • A man in his 50s from western Sydney died at Westmead Hospital
  • A man in his 70s from south-western Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital
  • A man in his 80s from south-western Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital
  • A woman in her 80s from south-western Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital

Chief health officer Kerry Chant said the 20-year-old had significant underlying health conditions and was unvaccinated.

According NSW Health's own modelling, infections are anticipated to peak this week and hospitalisations will surge until mid-October.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the "next couple of months will be the most challenging" and in response to images of crowds gathering at weekend on Sydney's beaches, has asked the community to not become complacent.

"We know that people are tired after the enormous things we've been asking of them, that we must stay the course," Berejiklian said.

"We know the weather adds to our positivity … we cannot let down our guard and as much as we would love to think about things we can offer people between now and [October], we have to take a very safe and cautious approach."

Dr Chant said she hoped to see a "sustained decline" from next week.

"Those projects depend on how effectively we can control the spread outside the local government areas of concern," the chief health officer said.

"At the moment we have too many bushfires going."

Today was New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian's final regular 11am media conference after last week saying she and her ministerial counterparts would only front the cameras "intermittently" on a "needs basis".

From Monday, the NSW 11am press conference will no longer go ahead and will be replaced with daily videos, published by NSW Health, showing updated figures and information.

Berejiklian rejected suggestions she was trying to dodge public scrutiny, and promised to remain accountable.

Yesterday, New South Wales recorded 1599 locally acquired Covid-19 cases and eight deaths in the 24 hours until 8pm on Friday 10 September.

Meanwhile Victoria today recorded 392 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 and Queensland has recorded no new community cases of Covid-19.


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