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COVID-19 NSW: Two deaths at Northern Beaches Hospital

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TWO men have died from Covid-19 at Northern Beaches Hospital.

They were among 12 deaths from the virus recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said at the press conference on Thursday.

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The men were aged in their 60s and were not from the northern beaches, one was from western Sydney and the other from south-western Sydney.

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NSW Health did not provide details on the vaccination status of the men, but Mr Hazzard said 10 of today's 12 fatalities were not vaccinated.

This is the third death from Covid-19 at Northern Beaches Hospital during the current outbreak, following the death last month of a Belrose man who was in his 30s.

Mr Hazzard said some patients with Covid-19 are being moved out of the area in which they live to get treatment.

Every patient is being moved into a location where they can get to absolute world class health service.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard

"It's part of a normal system when you have patients who are occupying beds in the intensive care units to move patients around," he said. "Every patient is being moved into a location where they can get to absolute world class health service."

Mr Hazzard said the NSW health system was under stress, but "it's stress that's being managed and managed quite well".

  TRAGEDY: There has been two more deaths from Covid-19 at Northern Beaches Hospital. Picture: Geoff Jones

A Northern Beaches Hospital spokeswoman was unable to provide details on how many people were currently being treated for Covid-19 at the facility.

"Northern Beaches Hospital has a 10-bed ICU and 26-bed ward dedicated to the care of quite unwell Covid positive patients from right across Sydney," she said.

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Meanwhile, across NSW, there were 1351 new locally acquired virus cases were recorded to 8pm on Wednesday.

Currently, 80.1 per cent of the over-16 population in NSW has received a first dose Covid-19 vaccine, and 48.5 per cent are fully vaccinated to 11.59pm on September 14.

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