IN FULL: NSW recorded 1,218 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases | ABC News

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uh good morning everybody in the week ending uh saturday so saturday week at new south wales had 834 000 people come forward and get a jab that is an outstanding result it's broken all our records and i can't thank everybody enough for coming forward to getting vaccinated as a result 65 percent of our population have had at least one dose and 35 percent of our population is fully vaccinated so we're halfway to that magic 70 number across the state in order to have those extra
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freedoms uh to 8 pm last night there were 1218 cases of community transmission and we extend our deepest condolences to six families of loved ones who died from covert or who had covered three people in their 80s three people in their seventies four of them were unvaccinated and two of them had only had one dose of the vaccine so again we extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of those six individuals obviously western sydney and
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southwestern sydney remain those most areas of concern in greater sydney and western new south wales remains the greater greatest area of concern in regional new south wales at this stage as we said double dose 70 which will give us all freedoms uh we expect to land somewhere during october but the next big target though i want us to achieve as a state is to get that 70 percent uh single dose vaccination because then we'll have confidence as to when we're going to land that double dose and i
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especially wanted to say today how much i think every day about all those families in western and southwestern sydney who are living under very strict lockdown conditions and that we are mindful of that and also mindful of what we can do to relieve the stress on families during this time and i look forward to seeing those vaccination rates go up again but thank you to everybody who's been coming out to getting vaccinated today we have a super day encouraging people to wear the colours of their sporting codes to come forward
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and get vaccinated but i also wanted to say a special thank you to community leaders non-government organizations who've worked with us to support those higher vaccination rates we're now leading the nation and we want to obviously continue that because it means greater freedom for all of us so a big thank you and keep going dr mcnulty thanks premier and good morning everyone um it's fantastic to see the uh ever increasing vaccination rates across the state which is very important for us to um to conquer this uh and live with
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covert with the numbers uh there have been 1218 locally acquired cases of covert reported in new south wales to 24 hours to eight o'clock last night in addition there were three overseas acquired cases uh there were 106 038 tests reported at 8 o'clock last night compared to the previous day's total of 129 182 129 182. uh unfortunately we're seeing large numbers of people in hospital with covert 813 people are admitted at the moment
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with uh with covert into new south wales hospitals including 126 in intensive care and 54 who require ventilation of those 126 113 were not vaccinated and 12 which received one dose of vaccine sadly as the premier mentioned we've seen six deaths people who've had covered a man in his 80s from southwestern sydney died at nepean hospital after his acquiring his infection there earlier this month he's
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the fifth death linked to the outbreak of that hospital he was not vaccinated a man in his 80s from sydney's inner west died at concord hospital he acquired his infection at wyoming aged care facility and his fifth death linked to that outbreak he was not vaccinated and had underlying illnesses two men in their 70s from southwestern sydney died at liverpool hospital a man in his 70s from western sydney died at westmead hospital and a woman in her 80s from western sydney died at westmead hospital
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i expressed my deepest sympathy for the families and friends of these people who have died we continue to see the highest rates of cases in western and southwestern sydney but other parts of sydney of course are also affected in parts of western new south wales and the hunter where suburbs with most cases and we're most concerned about continue to be around the areas of guildford maryland's auburn greenacre bankstown punchbowl and blacktown our ongoing sewage surveillance system
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has detected some further pings or positive fragments uh in some places where we don't have identified cases in regional new south wales these include trangie which is just west of dubbo byron bay on the north coast tamora in southwestern regional new south wales kumar and tamworth we're concerned that there may be cases unrecognized in these communities so please come forward for testing if you
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have even the mildest of symptoms we want to make sure that you're cared for but also your family and community are protected if you do happen to have covert we've also seen positive tests in particularly on the central coast we continue to be concerned that everyone in the central coast is aware to come forward for testing if they have the mildest of symptoms in western new south wales yesterday we saw two new cases in will kenya and in dubbo
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uh 18 cases burke ii and naremine three cases thank you very much um i'm not sure whether i misheard or not you were talking about the number of people in icu who had had either both uh had either no vaccination or one is it correct to say that there was one person who had had two vaccinations how how rare is that and and were there any underlying causes what explains somebody in icu who has had two vaccinations yeah so i'll just give the numbers again so
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the 126 people in isu 130 113 are not vaccinated uh 12 had received their first dose of vaccine and one person had received two doses of accident vaccine's great we know it's around 90 if you're fully vaccinated of protecting from severe disease hospitalization and death but it's not perfect it's not a hundred percent so unfortunately we do get breakthrough infections sometimes even in people who have had two doses but it's uncommon and we're seeing most
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people having had no vaccine or perhaps just one but the messages is really important that vaccinating yourself is important for you and your own health but we all need to maximise vaccination to protect the people around us our family our friends our elderly relatives who may not be vaccinated but importantly our community and our frontline health workers who despite being vaccinated remain at risk if they come into contact with people because it's not a 100
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effective vaccine it's a great vaccine but it's uh there are some breakthroughs that occur the vast majority of children in hospitals with covert aren't there because they're very sick but because their parents are in hospital and they need care is that the situation in new south wales um i don't have the exact figures but certainly there are some people go to hospital for a variety of reasons and we in the special health accommodation for example we do provide accommodation for people and families including children and adults if there's
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a case there and certainly in situations where there's a need for children to be looked after then the health facilities will take that into account how many records of how many of the new 1200 or so cases today have had one or two vaccinations or none is there any i don't have that with me we do on a weekly basis publish our epidemiological report which provides information on that level of detail so we can get back to you on that they've there's been a change in language recently where we've started saying that people are dying with covert
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not from it could you just explain why that is it's it's often very difficult to know when a person has covert and then they die whether how much covert contributed to the the death sadly we know when elderly people die they can have a range of co-morbidities and of course being old increases your risk of death now covert may often play a role in the death but may not sometimes some of our cases
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who have sadly died have appeared to have recovered from covert and then may have died as of something else so so to make it simple simple and to understand we report people who have died essentially with covet and this is a very clear uh alternate source where you know for sure that they died off covered but in other cases to be safe exactly it's a mix and it's often very difficult even for the doctors looking after to know how much cobra may have contributed to the death do you understand that there's at least a dozen inmates at parkway prison who
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tested positive do you have any more information about how it got in there because we understand that they're they're inmates that weren't on remand yeah so there's 31 cases associated with parkley at the moment um where are the the present health uh authorities which is uh through saint vincent's hospital to provide support for the um correctional facility um are working very uh hard um to make sure that the uh the other inmates and staff are protected my understanding is that the initial investigation suggests that
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it was initially introduced by somebody who from the community who probably acquired in the community and the investigation is ongoing to both understand um how transmission has occurred in the community in in the in the prison but also to make sure that the isolation testing and vaccinations are in place to minimize further spread as well similar cases a minimum of 16 at silver water prison i don't have the exact numbers in the silver water but um there are the just
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itself has a a special service for looking after patients with coverts so that they're um uh essentially that's right do we know the vaccination service of people in prisons how that roll up um i don't have the exact details but i know it's a very important uh strategy is to maximise the vaccination of workers in prison both health workers and and people who are working in the prison as well as offering vaccine to to inmates so like the rest of the community
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it's important we maximize vaccination but particularly in settings where people are living close together such as in prisons where there's a large number of people who are essentially restricted um maximizing vaccination rates in those sort of settings is really important doctor you've got 813 in hospital at the moment about 120 out of an icu at what point do you get to with that number that number increases at what point you start going i'm starting to get really worried about us managing these cases it seems like a
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lot of people look it is a lot of people and fortunately in the last uh several years but particularly with covert striking there's been a lot of detailed planning across the health districts to make sure that there's uh capacity for um additional people who should they need uh intensive care and and to be in hospital um and additional ventilators and time put in place so there's extensive planning being done at the state level and local level to manage additional cases doubling or whatever we're always worried and our aim is from a public
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health point of view is to minimize people with infection and particularly protect people who are more vulnerable and therefore may require hospitalization or ventilation and you know again part of the strategy is the current lockdown the contact racing we're doing but really importantly is the vaccine so we know that the vaccine works you know much better than say flu vaccine in preventing covert and complications of covert um then flu vaccine does uh in many times many years from preventing influenza uh
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complications um so you know the key is get vaccinated we still have a lot of room for improvement in while we've got great rates in in the older people with vaccinations there's still room for people improvement there as we've seen today there are a proportion of people who's who are at a particularly high risk of complications who haven't yet been vaccinated so clearly please go and get a vaccine if you haven't already done so both to protect yourself from going to hospital but protect from
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transmission to other people as well i don't know the details of that um typically what happens is there are couriers that go from clinics to the laboratory on a regular basis we'll have to get back to you about that detail i just don't know has remained an area of concern we're hearing reports from people there saying that there are times where they're being turned away from going inside their clinics um there's limited resources nurses are also the ambos are you confident that western new south wales animal kenya is equipped to deal with what's happening there look uh remote
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areas have particular challenges um but we have surged enormously in our ability and with our staffing we've sent teams out to assist in both dubbo and broken hill and we've also got additional assistance nationally and through the military to assist in in the far west and western new south wales so look it's a vulnerable vulnerable communities um there are challenges of distance and and in some communities of of crowded
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housing so um there are across government uh who's working together to address these really challenging problems and to do um the utmost to keep the community safe and also to make sure that we're minimising the risk of further transmission in those communities it's a huge last week you said that you don't want people to get upset by these numbers that they will bounce around but there are also a number of people who are concerned that you are not so alarmed by these growing numbers of cases what would you say to those people
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i'm incredibly alarmed by anybody that needs hospital care or as an intensive care and that is the figure that we need to look at because what we're seeing not just in australia but around the world is that the vaccines are providing enormous protection for people as we've seen out of all the people in intensive care there's only one person who's fully vaccinated so that is really important to have in mind and yes the case numbers are always concerning when they're going up we'd love to see them coming down but that is not the most relevant number for us what is the most relevant number for
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new south wales is how many people are vaccinated and how many people are we keeping out of hospital and out of intensive care and that is what is really important for us moving forward there's no doubt that we have to come to terms with living with this virus and the best way we can do that is by protecting ourselves and our loved ones by having high vaccination rates and i said a number of times i don't want people to go through the daily rollercoaster of case numbers going up and down of course it's concerning when they go up instead of they go down but the most relevant number is what is the vaccination rate because we know that
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that provides enormous enormous protection but what it's also doing is reducing the potential of the growth of the virus it's reducing how quickly the virus is growing so in other countries around the world you see a doubling or tripling of cases every day in highly unback unvaccinated populations but what we're seeing in new south wales is that the vaccines are holding up really well a hospitalisation rate is actually declining the people in intensive care would have been much much larger had we not had a race on to vaccinate our
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population and please know that of course the challenge for us remains having a manageable number of people in intensive care moving forward and that relies on all of us getting vaccinated once you get to 70 double dose and 80 double dose vaccination that gives community enormous protection against going into hospital which is why we're looking forward to providing freedoms for our population once we get to the 70 double dose case numbers going to matter when it comes to looking at areas that can send their children back to school i mean that is part of the return to school
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plan well obviously we look at all those things but if you have a high rate of vaccination amongst your adult population all teachers are fully vaccinated schools are a very controlled safe environment of course we'll take the advice from health what we don't want to see is schools disrupted all the time because of cases cropping up so obviously if there's a particular local government area that has a really high number of cases well then obviously health and the department of education will make decisions around that but it's way too early to make assumptions i
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don't want anybody in western or southwestern sydney feeling as though their child won't be able to go to school quite the contrary we are always optimistic about what the opportunities are for our children and i know how stressful home school home learning is for our population so i don't want anyone to get too ahead of themselves we still have some time before we hit that october 25 what we have demonstrated though as a government is is striking the right balance will often draw criticism because we want to make sure we provide
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people with as much opportunity as possible but safety as much as possible and safety and public health is always our primary concern but also getting the balance right when it's okay to provide people those opportunities living with the virus is what we'll be doing living with the virus is the way new south wales has the opportunity to show the nation how it can be managed even if you have a high relatively high number of cases you've mentioned previously that when we hit that 80 vaccination rate that's when you'll start focusing on uh
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hospitalization and deaths as opposed to the case number it's actually 70 yeah so today we're at 35 percent is there a change in strategy as to why you're asking people to not focus so much on the case numbers no i no not at all what i'm what i'm encouraging all of us to do is start preparing for when we do live with covert when we get to that 70 double dose we are all going to have to shift our mindset as to how we deal with covert and it what will matter the most is keeping people out of hospital and and
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measuring intensive care patients and hospitalizations as opposed to the number of cases and that's the recommendation that's come through from the doherty report we'll be doing a lot of things differently when we when we hit 70 we'll be transitioning from the way we think about covert now to how we live with covert the way we deal with quarantine will be different the way we deal with how we move around will be different but it will be a much freer experience than what all of us are going through now but it will also be an experience where those that are vaccinated will have greater opportunities to live freely and that's
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why i do want to encourage everybody to get their vaccine for themselves for their loved ones but also for the greater community because there will be opportunities for those who are fully vaccinated to live more freely at 70 double dose there are some things we cannot extend to people that are unvaccinated because it still poses a threat to the greater community but obviously once we get to 80 double-dose vaccinations there are other opportunities there as well liability for employers there is a degree of confusion about employees leaving the hot zone lgas and
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going to work requiring at least one vaccination where does the legal liability lie for the employer to have somebody on site who does not show proof of at least one vaccination well obviously we want both employers and employees working together to make to make those those vaccination rates possible and it's to provide safety for everybody we know you know every day all of you get to hear the message about workplaces and households being the two places
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where the vaccine is spreading so we've learned so much in the last six or seven weeks we know how and where the virus is spreading and we can't get around the fact that authorised workers provide all the essential things that we need to live but unfortunately that's how the virus is spreading and that's why we're asking industry and employees to work together work with us to make sure we increase those vaccination rates and that will keep everybody safe including your own loved ones but i'm just wondering where the legal onus is for employers
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do they have the right to refuse somebody do they have the right to ask somebody for can they be prosecuted if they have somebody on their in this side i'd have to refer to the legal experts but what we've already seen which is what we're likely to see more of and i really want to make this point clear many companies organizations workplaces are making their own decisions about saying nobody who's unvaccinated is allowed to work for us and i and i suspect that once we hit 70 double dose many private businesses might make decisions to say i don't want
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anyone who's not vaccinated coming to use my premises or coming to use my services now they're personal decisions and it's all about choice if you want to remain unvaccinated that's okay but don't expect to have the same freedoms that vaccinated people have we're all subject to choice and if you want to move around more freely if you want to enjoy those things all of us have been denied uh get vaccinated sort of thing sorry sorry mark just one more follow-up um is that the sort of thing the government should be more proactive with there are a lot of employers out there who have
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people deemed authorized workers coming out of those lgas and right now they're in limbo they don't know what their legal rights are can the government be proactive and may be explaining that well we're making it very clear you shouldn't be welcoming anybody on your premises unless uh to work unless they're following the health guidelines at all times and it this is about a partnership it's about making sure business business leaders community employees are all working together and to date the collaboration has been outstanding today we've had very positive feedback
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from businesses and employees wanting to do the right thing and of course government is there to support those important decisions this attack on the mary's clinic apparently there was a graffiti that said covert as a hoax you must be incredibly disappointed by that look it's always disappointing when people choose to ignore the health advice or pretend that covert isn't a serious illness but fortunately those people are in the minority but it is a reminder to us that unfortunately a minority of people do have those views and and demonstrate them from from time
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to time and that's the threat of delta delta doesn't leave any room for error and i know that uh the decisions the new south wales government has taken and the language we've used and the way that we're dealing with covert might seem confronting because it's the first state in australia that's had to make these decisions and learn to live with covert but this is the way for all of australia into the future and those people who think covert isn't a serious disease or those who think we don't need to take the action we're taking are in the minority fortunately
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of course it's either late in the evening or early in the morning when you get those figures today six dead vaccination numbers are great but when you hear six people have died that must be that's a lot to take in oh look obviously you want to protect every single life of every single citizen and what we can do is warn people as to how you can protect your loved ones and warn people as to what you can do to be covert safe but what i'm encouraged about is given the number of cases we have and
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given how long this pandemic has run for compared to the rest of the world in populations similar to new south wales we are doing incredibly well now if you're the relative or a loved one of someone who's died from covert obviously that's difficult to hear but if we put things into perspective if we put things into where we are now compared to other parts of the world we're still doing well but obviously i want us to do better and the way we do better is by living more freely and having higher rates of vaccination and i'm incredibly proud of the fact that new south wales
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started uh where we did we've maximized the supply that we've been given in the best way we can we've targeted those communities that need the vaccines the most and as health and and we have said in the last few weeks we're hoping that by mid-september we'll see a dramatic change because the rates of vaccination will increase and the impact of the jabs people are getting today will obviously come to fruition in two or three weeks so we know it's an incredibly difficult time it's a scary time but it's also a time for us to look to the future with optimism and hope and to look to the future as new south wales perhaps
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showing the rest of australia how you can live with a pat within a pandemic live relatively freely but also make sure that you're keeping people out of hospital and for example given the case numbers are where they are i suspect in october we'll probably have the highest number that we do in intensive care i suspect we've not reached the peak yet there at all but how hard we work now we'll make sure we keep people out of hospital and that's really important previously to use the ambulances like a taxi service given the rising cases and
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to not worry about the costs associated but we're hearing from paramedics that they're under a lot of pressure can you assure people that they will have access to an ambulance if they need it if it's not to do with it firstly can i thank our paramedics for doing the outstanding work that they're doing they're on the front line picking up patients when they're in desperate need of hospitalization and as the medical experts have said during the week whether it's our public health team or whether it's some medical practitioners that are actually working in intensive care if you are a young person experiencing breathlessness you must ring an
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ambulance so we know when it's incredibly important for people to ring that triple o get the medical attention and come straight to hospital but i think people can also make sure that if they of concern if their health is of concern if they think they need an emergency treatment don't hesitate to ring triple o but please no if you if you're not having a serious episode or you're not having those serious symptoms i think people need to be reasonable during those times as all of this that you've well and probably follow the same question actually for dr martin luther both of
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you you've had to balance the economic interests with the physical safety aspect with the emotional child self-harm is up 30 through this that must be distressing to you and dr mcnulty as well in terms of what whatever resources you can funnel towards that how do you factor that into your decision making going forward oh look it's especially um concerning to see the mental anguish that people are going through especially young people and that's why new south wales has always taken a try to take a balanced
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approach uh yes public whenever whenever you're in a situation where you've got high levels of unbacked of of no of lack of vaccination and high case numbers you always worry about the number of people that are going to go into hospital so public health is always your first priority but that has to be balanced against mental health issues and that's why i was keen to provide an incentive for our citizens once we got to those six million jobs as modest as they are they're important steps because they show that once you increase rates of vaccination that means we can take the pressure off families
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take the pressure off young people and we all remember when we were younger when you're young things uh the world is you see things differently as to when you're an adult and we appreciate those challenges families are going through and anything we can do to relieve that and again i repeat what i said earlier i'm especially concerned about families in western and southwestern sydney who have very strict lockdown provisions imposed on them at the moment and if there's some relief we can offer at any stage including when we get to 70 first doses then of course
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we'll consider those because uh i want us to continue to have a balanced approach as i said from day one we've been criticized no matter what we do we will continue to make decisions that are in the best interest of our citizens i don't ever shy away from that and i'm happy to take any criticism leveled at the government because what we need to do is ensure the balance and know what a stressful time this is for people those of us who've got means to cope with it find it difficult enough to learn children and adolescents and anything we can do to relieve the
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pressure on families we will and when those vaccination rates continue to climb that gives us opportunities for greater choices and decisions that same question pleased to dr mcnulty in terms of resources i mean you obviously spend so much of your time looking at the physical manifestation of covert what about the mental and i preface it by saying i'm not a mental health expert but uh but i understand there has been increase in presentations both acutely and to emergency services for people with self-harm but that's a trend that's happened over
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a relatively long period and experts are still trying to untangle how much is covert related and due to other causes but of course it's a very concerning and and we all need to support uh those people who are presenting uh both in preventing and and helping you manage their anxiety of course covet is an extremely stressful time for all of us particularly if you're in uh situations as we are now being locked down or if you're a case or or a contact to the case and you're anxious about your physical health that's inevitably going
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to have an impact on your mental health however the experts have been looking at this in new south wales and have enhanced some of the support and prevention services um and we can get you more details of that later there on to be a temporary medical facility set up in in will kenya right now i know that extra resources have been sent there but there there is a crisis unfolding he said it's going to get worse over the week and there's adequate plans not put in place for that are you prepared to send more or do more for that community oh look i've all the
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briefings i receive give me a great deal of confidence that our state and federal authorities are working really hard on the ground and our government agencies are working together across the board to support the community of western new south wales i appreciate many different people will have different views on what we need to do but all the briefings i've received tell me that whilst the situation is concerning that all the federal and state government agencies on the ground are working well incredibly well together especially our health services our police services but also family and
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community services all government agencies and i really want to thank our indigenous community leaders in particular for the role they've played in supporting our efforts to vaccinate as many people as we can but also to make sure people ask for medical attention when they need it as well so as difficult as a situation is i'm grateful for the federal and state government agencies on the ground including the royal flying doctor service and all the agencies that have come together to provide support and on a daily basis i know that our teams give us feedback on what needs to
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happen if there's more to do of course we will but until this point in time all the all the briefings that i'm receiving give me a deal a good a good deal of confidence that um support is being provided where it's needed you can ask we're used to seeing uh police at these press conferences too so in the past week or two you've let off the press conferences not with the grim numbers but the more positive hopeful numbers the vaccinations etc can we ask from a public relations point of view a police not here simply because you don't want people to feel
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battered by the message no it's important for us to make sure the community gets the most important messages of the day in relation to vaccinations and i can't stress that enough but we will provide updates to the community if and when they're needed obviously but our focus is on keeping people out of hospital our focus is to make sure that we increase the vaccination rates as you know we were very keen to make sure that we had one last one last announcement of all the restrictions that are in place and i want to thank the police
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commissioner for his support and leadership in that regard and now it's a time for us to implement what we've put in place and updates were always provided to the community in fact i think if you compare the information we provide compared to other states you'll find us extremely transparent in all the information there was an article in the city morning herald in the last couple of days alleging that you find scott morrison is a bully and that he's evil what do you say uh can i thank the prime minister for
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his support in recent uh during the entire course of the pandemic but especially in relation to this outbreak those extra doses of pfizer that he was able to give to new south wales are making a real difference and i've thanked him privately i also want to thank him publicly for that incredible support because those extra half million doses are getting into arms and making a difference in our battle in living with coverage i completely uh completely say do not believe what you read i always say believe yes or no well i have you have
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you described scott morrison no no and can i say this um a number of times and some of you in this room may not like what i'm about to say a number of times i've read things uh during the course of this pandemic which haven't been based on fact i always say please listen to the briefings and what we say here because that is fact thank you um there was a bit of concern last week that and not enough bookings were being made for that extra in this target in those targeted areas in south west and west are you confident that you'll get
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through that extra fight yeah i i've the most recent briefing i had i think said around 400 000 people have already booked which is fantastic and as you see in the last week to have 874 000 people come forward and get the job as an absolute record we're approaching a million jabs a week and for a population of eight million people that is outstanding thank you it is making a difference we are going to show the way in australia as to how you can live with covert
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and i'm so deeply grateful that notwithstanding the stress and frustration that everybody's going through people are coming forward and please keep doing that we will stick to our word no matter what the case numbers are doing and of course we want to see them come down double dose 70 in new south wales means freedom for those who are vaccinated in new south wales and it doesn't matter where you live or what your circumstances once we hit 70 double dose vaccination our citizens will feel much freer much more hopeful and much happier than what we're all feeling at the moment
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if your number one priority is to get to 70 society opens up a little bit more and a bit more at 80 what happens if hospitals become overflowing with people and the chief health officer suggests a city-wide lockdown again this is the whole point that the point of getting to those vaccination milestones means you don't have lockdowns in the future it means you manage the disease but what it might mean is that from time to time you ask people to do things a bit differently whether it's density in a venue or whether it's the amount of
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people you have at a major sporting event so there'll be opportunities for us to move levers up and down but no way will we need a statewide lockdown once you get to 80 double dose and that's the key key key number that we need to get to 70 double dose gives us lots of extra freedoms for those that are vaccinated but it does still mean we use qr codes it does still mean we have good social distancing that we follow the health guidelines uh but it means a much fairer existence than what we have now we've got 126 people in icu
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today you said it potentially have you seen modern see how much it will go up and what are you comfortable with in terms of opening up if we reach that 70 percent how many people are you comfortable with in icu per day well what we can what we can do at 70 double dose will depend on the case numbers and how many people are in icu so whilst we have we'll have more freedom than what we do today er the extent of the freedom the extent of what we can do will depend on a whole range of factors but that is why i don't want to see anybody in icu we don't want anyone to have to go
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through that covert is a horrible disease especially when you get it in a serious way it's a horrible existence and we don't want anyone to have to go through that and that's why the quicker we get those vaccination rates up the lower the number of people that'll end up in icu and remember there's always a lag so it takes a few weeks before people get the disease and then succumb to it in a serious way and then end up in icu so i anticipate those numbers will go up from what they are now but our system will cope we've been planning for this
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no doubt the health system is stretched no doubt there'll be days when when people will feel overwhelmed especially our health staff we're just doing an incredible job but this is what we've been working towards to make sure our system can cope and when you move forward to 1780 and open up you have to accept there will be people who aren't vaccinated and sometimes those that are but very rarely uh very rarely we've only i think had two examples of double-dose vaccinations ending up in intensive care so the
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vaccines it really is a pandemic and epidemic of the unvaccinated no doubt about it if you look around the world and even around australia so the message is get vaccinated protect yourself and your community because hope is just around the corner october will be here before we know it but obviously before then if local government areas are demonstrating a decline in numbers will be there'll be opportunities for us to act in that regard as well thanks everybody

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