COVID cases in the northern beaches have fallen again on the day that fully vaccinated people were granted more freedoms.
There are now 69 active cases in the local government area to 8pm on Sunday, which is a reduction on the 73 to 8pm on Friday.
The 2099 postcode (Cromer, Dee Why, Narraweena, North Curl Curl) has the highest number of active Covid-19 cases at 14.
Both 2096 (Freshwater, Queenscliff, Curl Curl) and 2093 (Balgowlah, Clontarf, Manly Vale) have eight cases each; there are six cases in 2092 (Seaforth); and five cases each in 2106 (Newport), 2095 (Manly) and 2100 (Brookvale, Beacon Hill, Allambie, North Manly, Oxford Falls).
There are four cases each in the 2087 (Forestville, Killarney Heights) and 2086 (Frenchs Forest) postcodes; and three in 2097 (Collaroy, Wheeler Heights). There is one case each in five postcodes including: 2108 (Palm Beach, Coasters Retreat, Currawong Beach, Great Mackerel Beach), 2107 (Avalon, Bilgola, Clareville, Whale Beach), 2105 (Church Point, Scotland Island, and Elvina, Lovett and Morning bays), 2103 (Mona Vale), 2102 (Warriewood), 2101 (Narrabeen, North Narrabeen, Elanora Heights, Ingleside), and 2085 (Belrose, Davidson).
Monday also signified an easing of restrictions for vaccinated people, who are now allowed to have outdoor gatherings for up to five people, providing all adults are fully vaccinated.
Gatherings must be held in your own LGA or within five kilometres from your home.
Meanwhile, on Monday the premier stepped back up for a NSW Covid-19 update the day it was handed over to NSW Health on a daily basis.
Days ago Gladys Berejiklian said Sunday's staple 11am press conference would be the last in the format that has become a daily ritual during the outbreak.
But instead of NSW Health leading the Monday morning update, Ms Berejikian returned to announce 1257 new cases of Covid-19 were found in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm Sunday.
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Seven deaths from Covid-19 were reported to NSW Health and 137,668 tests were conducted in the same timeframe.
A man in his 90s from Dubbo died at the St Mary's Villa Aged Care Facility, where he acquired his infection while other elderly people died at a range of Sydney hospitals.
There are 1189 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 222 people in intensive care, 94 on ventilators.
South-western and western Sydney remain areas of concern, Ms Berejiklian said, but pleasingly there are signs of cases stabilising in some of the local government areas of concern in Sydney as well as some regional NSW areas.
"In regional NSW we have seen a stabilisation in cases, however in Hunter, Central Coast and Wollongong, we have seen an increase in cases," the premier said.
There have been 184 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since June 16, and 240 in total since the start of the pandemic. There have been 38,856 locally-acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.
Of the 1257 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night:
- 427 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District;
- 314 are from Western Sydney;
- 181 are from Sydney:
- 127 are from South Eastern Sydney;
- 78 are from Nepean Blue Mountains:
- 27 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven;
- 22 are from Northern Sydney;
- 18 are from Hunter New England LHD;
- 16 are from Central Coast;
- 12 are from Western NSW;
- eight are in correctional settings;
- seven are from Far West;
- two are from Southern and 18 cases are yet to be assigned to an LHD.
NSW Health's ongoing sewage surveillance program has recently detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at the Yass and Eden, at Tamworth, at the Dunbogan and Karuah treatment plants in Mid North Coast, at Gerroa treatment plant in Illawarra and Brooklyn treatment plant in northern Sydney.
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