Daily COVID-19 Cases In Australia's Epicenter State Show Signs Of Easing
Sumaira FH 27 days ago Mon 20th September 2021 | 04:21 PM
As the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) saw another drop in daily locally acquired cases, authorities have cautiously pointed at a downward trend in the current Delta outbreak
SYDNEY, Sept. 20 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th Sep, 2021 ) :As the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) saw another drop in daily locally acquired cases, authorities have cautiously pointed at a downward trend in the current Delta outbreak.
The state also recorded four additional deaths, bringing the total death toll from NSW's current outbreak to 245.
While optimistic, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said citizens should not "read too much into" the drop in cases, noting that October is still predicted to be the worst month for the state's hospital systems.
"Come October, there will be weeks where our system will be technically overwhelmed," said Berejiklian, noting that the most relevant figure remains the vaccination rate.
NSW Health reported on Monday that 82.2 percent of the above-16 population have now received their first dose of the vaccine, and 52.
7 percent have been fully vaccinated.
Despite many areas of rural NSW having exited lockdown on Sept. 11, NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant announced that the rural town of Cowra would re-enter lockdown from 5:00 p.m. local time on Monday following a localized outbreak.
Meanwhile, the Australian state of Victoria recorded a further 567 new locally acquired cases in the 24 hours to midnight Monday and one additional death.
The number of hospitalizations grew to 209 as of Monday, and Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews announced that the vast majority of hospitalizations have been among the unvaccinated.
"Of those cases who were in hospital yesterday, 86 percent were not vaccinated, 12 percent were partially vaccinated, and just three people were fully vaccinated," he said on Monday.