Illawarra Newsroom

NSW achieves 80% single dose rate

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NSW has become the first Australian state to hit 80.4% single dose vaccinations this morning, with the double dose mark at 48.75%, with 8.352 million administered in total. Due to this, the curfew in the local government areas of concern is being lifted from tonight, however no other restrictions will ease at this time.

There were 137,498 tests in the reporting period, and an additional 1259 cases were recorded to 8pm last night, with 46 from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD.

There are currently 1,241 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 234 people in intensive care, 108 of whom require ventilation.

Sadly, another 12 people lost their life, with the youngest being a woman in her 30s.

The Premier has again reiterated that freedoms will only be granted to those who are fully vaccinated when the state hits 70%, with that 'freedom day' currently forecast to be October 18, however, increasing vaccine rates could see that be October 11.

Currently the Illawarra is at 48% double dose vaccinated, with Kiama the only area sitting above the 80% single dose mark.