496 new COVID-19 cases in NSW as state opens up

NSW records 496 new COVID-19 cases as state opens up

THERE have been eight deaths and 496 new COVID-19 cases across NSW to 8pm last night.

There are 769 people with the virus in hospital with 153 in ICU.

Two cases were also acquired overseas while 83,498 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.

Today is the first day of cases being reported at 9am and so far NSW Health has not released data of where the new cases have occurred across the state.

The state has reached 90.3 per cent of those aged 16 years and older with one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 73.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.

NSW has taken its first steps towards re-opening today as it celebrates the easing of restrictions from hitting the 70 per cent double dose vaccination rate.

However, while re-opening has brought much optimism to the state as shops, pubs and hairdressers re-open, allowing for people to book in much-needed cuts and return to retail and hospitality work, there are also concerns around what it will mean for case numbers going forward.

Certain parts of the state which were not in lockdown prior to this morning are also seeing 'freedom day' as more of a step backwards with the unvaccinated now no longer able to go places they could just 24 hours ago.

More to come.

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