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NSW records 1,599 local cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths

New South Wales recorded 1,599 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and eight deaths – two women and six men – in the last 24 hours.

Health authorities said of the eight people who died, none were vaccinated and all of them had underlying health conditions. There have been 170 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since the start of this current outbreak.

The state passed the eight million mark for vaccinations, said health minister Brad Hazzard. He said 77.3 per cent of NSW’s adult population has received one jab and 44.5 per cent is fully vaccinated.

It comes after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Friday that the daily COVID-19 press conferences would be cancelled and replaced with a daily pre-recorded video from health officials.

She said ad hoc press briefings would be held as required.