AFTER a 48-hour delay on the Department of Health data release, numbers for the 24 hours to 8pm Friday saw northern beaches active case numbers drop from 104 to 73.
This could be due to a mix of recoveries and false positives as the government reveals its plan to ease Sydney's restrictions. The sudden shaving of cases has sparked speculation that the large northern beaches LGA could be trialling greater freedoms soon.
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Dee Why/Cromer (2099) slipped back to 16 cases and Balgowlah/Clontarf (2093) slipped back into the yellow with nine cases.
Bayview (2104), Palm Beach (2108) and Fairlight (2094) were re-listed with zero cases each.
Other active cases by postcode:
Curl Curl/Freshwater (2096) has eight and Manly (2095) has six. Allambie/Brookvale/Beacon Hill (2100) remains at four active cases and Seaforth (2092), Forestville (2087) and Frenchs Forest (2086) also have four. Further north, Collaroy (2097) reduces to three cases, Newport (2106) has six, Avalon (2107) now has two and Mona Vale (2103) now has just one case. 2084, 2101, 2102, 2103, 2085 have one active case each and 2105 has two active cases.
The almost 30 per cent drop in listed active cases numbers saw the northern beaches local government area move out of the brown on the map and into the red.
The major redistribution of active case numbers was seen across many suburbs in Greater Sydney.
On Saturday, NSW recorded another daily high of 1599 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24-hour reporting period and a further eight deaths.
Of the 1,599 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 490 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD):
- 444 are from Western Sydney
- 192 are from Sydney
- 177 are from South Eastern Sydney
- 94 are from Nepean Blue Mountains
- 37 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven
- 57 are from Northern Sydney
- 27 are from Central Coast
- 16 are from Western NSW
- 10 are from Hunter New England
- 13 are from Far West NSW
- Two are from Southern NSW
- Seven are in correctional settings and 30 cases are yet to be assigned.
Sadly, eight people have died in the reporting period. None of the deceased were vaccinated and they all had underlying health conditions.
Three were aged in their 80s, two in their 70s and one each aged in the 50s, 40s and 30s.
NSW Health's Dr Jeremy McAnulty said there were more than 1100 people hospitalised because of the virus with 221 people in intensive care and 94 requiring ventilation.
There were more than 114,000 tests conducted in the reporting period.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the state had now administered eight million vaccinations. More than 77 per cent of the state's over-16 population has now received their first dose. More than 44 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Today's COVID-19 press conference will be the last before they are discontinued. After revealing 1542 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the premier announced the daily updates would no longer be held beyond Sunday.
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