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NSW records 1,281 new local COVID-19 cases and five more deaths

New South Wales has reported 1,281 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday from over 136,400 tests.

There were five more deaths, including a man in his 90s who was a resident of St George Aged Care Facility in Bexley and acquired his infection there.

A woman in her 80s from northern Sydney died at Ryde Hospital, while two women died at Westmead Hospital, one in her 50s and the other in her 80s.

A man in his 60s from the Southern Highlands died at home.

Of Monday’s new cases, 831 were in Sydney’s west and south west, 44 in the Western Local Health District and seven in the Far Western Local Health District, which includes the small town of Wilcannia.

There are now 1,071 people in hospital, including 177 in intensive care, with 67 requiring ventilation.

In the past 24 hours, 31,903 people came forward for a vaccination, taking the state’s total to 7,543,522.

More than 40 per cent of the New South Wales population aged over 16 is double vaccinated.