15 Sep 2021

NSW Covid-19 update: 12 deaths, 1259 new community cases and a vaccine milestone

1:43 pm on 15 September 2021

There were 12 deaths and 1259 new community infections of Covid-19 in NSW over the 24 hours to 8pm yesterday, the premier has announced.

Policer offers patrol on their service horses in front of the Sydney Opera House on September 13, 2021 amid Covid-19 pendamic.

Police on patrol near the Sydney Opera House. Photo: AFP

At a media briefing in Sydney, Premier Gladys Berejiklian also said that the state has for the first time hit an 80 percent single dose vaccination rate for those who are eligible.

Currently, 47.5 percent of people are fully vaccinated - the figure needs to be 70 percent for more freedoms.

"I can't thank the community enough for responding in such a positive way for our calls to get vaccinated," she said.

Among those who died 10 people were not vaccinated, one had received a single dose and a man in his 90s was fully vaccinated but had underlying health conditions.

Berejiklian said evening curfew for 12 Sydney local govt areas of concern will be lifted from tonight.

She urged people in those 12 LGAs of concern to stick to the rest of the rules in place.

"We've seen a stabilisation in the last few days and we don't want to see that trend go the wrong way. We still have work to do," she said.

Yesterday NSW announced 1127 cases and two deaths had been recorded for the previous 24 hours.

Victoria cases top 400 again

Victoria has recorded 423 new community Covid-19 cases and two more deaths, as more organisations announce vaccine mandates for staff.

Victoria's state premier Daniel Andrews speaks during a press conference in Melbourne on August 2, 2020, announcing new restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Daniel Andrews Photo: AFP

There were 54,649 test results received on Tuesday, and 41,856 doses of vaccine were administered at state-run sites.

Premier Daniel Andrews will unveil a detailed roadmap out of lockdown on Sunday.

"There will be a map that talks about what we are going to do in the rest of September, what we're going to do in October and November," Andrews said yesterday.

"It will be subject to all sorts of things including how many people are in hospital."

Melbourne has been under stage 4 lockdown restrictions since 5 August, while most of regional Victoria has enjoyed relaxed restrictions since 9 September.

Queensland recorded no new community cases.

Hospital network and Racing Victoria announce vaccine mandates

St Vincent's Health Australia has announced it will mandate vaccinations for all staff, volunteers and contractors at its facilities.

St Vincent's is Australia's largest not-for-profit health and aged care service provider, operating 16 hospitals and 23 aged care facilities across the country.

It follows Racing Victoria announcing its own mandate for all trainers, jockeys and staff to be vaccinated with at least one dose by the day of the Caulfield Cup on 16 October.


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