BREAKING NEWS: NSW approaches critical 80 percent vaccination target as state reports 406 new cases
NSW is one step closer to more relaxed restrictions as the state registered 406 new cases and six more deaths on Thursday.
The state is on track to hit the 80 percent double-dose vaccination milestone this weekend, just days after lockdowns ended.
About 76.5 percent of residents over the age of 16 are now fully vaccinated, while 91.1 percent have had their first shot.
NSW Health says 711 cases are being treated in hospital, including 143 patients in the ICU.
Fully vaccinated Sydneysiders could be given more freedoms as early as next week, just days after the four-month lockdown ended (pictured friends catching up in the CBD this week)
A foreign-acquired case of a returned traveler in hotel quarantine was also detected when 85,133 residents turned up for testing.
The six fatalities bring the state’s death toll from the current outbreak to 454.
More details are expected to be announced at 11 a.m.
The 80 percent double dose milestone could bring more freedoms for fully vaccinated residents a week earlier than predicted.
NSW’s roadmap out of lockdown will allow up to 20 fully vaccinated residents to gather at home and participate in community sports with an 80 percent double jab.
NSW registered 406 new cases, days after state reopened (pictured)
Up to 3,000 spectators are also allowed to gather for ticketed outdoor events, while nightclubs can reopen without dancing.
But NSW Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet hinted that parts of the state’s roadmap out of lockdown could be adjusted on Wednesday.
Return of regional travel in NSW for Sydneysiders remains questionable due to lagging vaccination coverage in several non-metropolitan regions
‘Problems have arisen. We have not made any decisions yet,” Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said.
Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole added: “We want to make sure our regional communities are safe so that information becomes important.”
The news comes as the neighboring state of Victoria registered a horror day with 2,297 new cases and 11 deaths, the highest daily total on record in Australia since the pandemic first started.
Fully vaccinated Sydneysiders have flocked to the gym following their Monday reopening