COVID-19 Update – Three western Sydney deaths including man in his 30s, 1,029 new cases, freedoms for vaccinations – Thursday 26 August 2021

NSW recorded 1,029 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of these locally acquired cases, 185 are linked to a known case or cluster – 160 are household contacts and 25 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 844 cases is under investigation.

91 were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 33 were in isolation for part of their infectious period. 61 cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 844 cases remains under investigation.

Of the 1,029 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 403 are from Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 309 are from South Western Sydney LHD, 112 are from Sydney LHD, 71 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 35 are from Western NSW LHD, 57 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 17 are from Northern Sydney LHD, six are from Far West LHD, two are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, two are from Central Coast LHD, no new cases for Hunter New England LHD and 15 cases are yet to be assigned to an LHD.

Five new cases were acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night and 18 previously reported cases have been excluded following further investigation. The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 21,282.

Sadly, NSW Health is reporting the recent deaths of three people who had COVID-19.

Three men who were being cared for in the community in western Sydney died at their homes – a man in his 30s, a man in his 60s, and a man in his 80s.

NSW Health extends its deepest sympathies to their loved ones.

This brings the number of COVID-related deaths to 79 since 16 June 2021, and the number of lives lost to 135 since the beginning of the pandemic.

There have been 15,684 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.  

There are currently 698 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 116 people in intensive care, 43 of whom require ventilation.

There were 151,272 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 149,252.

New freedoms for vaccinated people

People across NSW who have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be allowed more freedoms next month after NSW hit the target of six million jabs.

Following consultation with Dr Kerry Chant and her team, as well as the NSW Chief Psychiatrist Dr Murray Wright, the following individual freedoms will be allowed for adults who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

From 12.01am, Monday, 13 September:

  • For those who live outside the LGAs of concern, outdoor gatherings of up to five people (including children, all adults must be vaccinated) will be allowed in a person’s LGA or within 5km of home.
  • For those who live in the LGAs of concern households with all adults vaccinated will be able to gather outdoors for recreation (including picnics) within the existing rules (for one hour only, outside curfew hours and within 5km of home). This is in addition to the one hour allowed for exercise.

As part of the roadmap when the following targets are hit, freedoms will be as follows:

  • 70 per cent full vaccination: a range of family, industry, community and economic restrictions to be lifted for those who are vaccinated.
  • 80 per cent full vaccination: further easing of restrictions on industry, community and the economy.

Get vaccinated

NSW Health administered 51,232 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 11,754 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 6,280,700, with 2,304,017 doses administered by NSW Health and 3,976,683 administered by the GP network and other providers.

The Qudos Bank Arena Vaccination Centre is vaccinating anyone aged 16-39 from a local government area of concern. There are 18,500 Pfizer doses daily and bookings are open now. Book here.

See what to expect at Qudos Bank Arena with Natalie Tran.

Get tested

If you are directed to get tested for COVID‑19 or self-isolate at any time, you must follow the rules whether or not the venue or exposure setting is listed on the NSW Health website.

It remains vital that anyone who has any symptoms or is a close or casual contact of a person with COVID-19, isolates and is tested immediately. When testing clinics are busy, please ensure you stay in line, identify yourself to staff and tell them that you have symptoms or are a contact of a case.

Please check the NSW Government website regularly, and follow the relevant health advice if you have attended a venue of concern or travelled on a public transport route at the same time as a confirmed case of COVID-19. This list is being updated regularly as case investigations proceed.

There are more than 40 testing clinics in western Sydney and over 450 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit here or contact your GP.

To book your COVID-19 vaccination, visit nsw.gov.au.