An unvaccinated woman in her 30s was one of 12 COVID-related deaths recorded in NSW overnight. There were also 1,438 local cases reported in that same period.

The woman, who was from the hotspot area of south-western Sydney, died at home after testing positive on August 31. Authorities haven’t mentioned whether she had any underlying health conditions just yet.

“Investigations are under way into the source of her infection, she was not vaccinated,” NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Marianne Gale said at the daily coronavirus press conference on Friday morning.

A woman in her 60s from south-western Sydney also died overnight. The other 10 deaths recorded were among men and women in their 70s, 80s and 90s.

“We are very sad today to announce the deaths of those 12 people and on behalf of New South Wales Health I offer my sincere condolences to their families,” Dr Gale said.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that, according to the latest health modelling, we haven’t seen the worst just yet.

“As I have said previously, the best health advice I have is that we anticipate a peak in cases in the next fortnight,” she told reporters.

“The next fortnight is likely to be our worst in terms of the number of cases, but as I have said it is not the number of cases we need to be focusing on but how many of those cases and up in our intensive care wards and hospitals and how many people we have vaccinated as quickly.”

However because authorities are anticipating a peak in case numbers in the next week or two, that means they’re hoping to be on top of it in order to minimise harm as much as possible.

Later in the presser, Berejiklian added: “I am not suggesting it is going to be a rosy stretch but I want to want people what to expect in the next few weeks, but also say to people that we are expecting it and not to be concerned, not to be concerned to the extent that we are anticipating this [because] we have been planning for it.”

Once again authorities are urging people to act as if they have the virus every time they leave the house. That means keeping interactions to a minimum, wearing a mask, getting tested if you have any symptoms, and getting vaxxed ASAP.

More to come.


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The best vaccine is the first one you can get, and that’ll be our ticket out of this mess.

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