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NSW reports 1,331 new coronavirus cases as anti-lockdown protests set to strike city

New South Wales reported 1,331 new coronavirus cases and six additional deaths on Saturday morning, as the state’s police braced for further anti-lockdown protests.

NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty said all the deaths were from western and south-western Sydney.

They were four women and two men, with one in their forties, one in their sixties, two in their seventies and two in their eighties.

Half of them were unvaccinated and half had had one dose.

One of the men in his 70s who died acquired his infection overseas.

Dr McAnulty said 50.6 per cent of people over the age of 16 in NSW were now fully vaccinated, with 81.2 per cent having had at least one dose.

“The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 8.7 million,” he said.

“This is fantastic news. Thank you so much for coming forward to get vaccinated and help us get out of this epidemic.”

There are currently 1219 COVID-19 patients in the state’s hospitals, including 233 in intensive care, with 123 of them on ventilators.

Of the 233 people in intensive care, 173 are not vaccinated, 55 have had one dose of a vaccine, and five are fully vaccinated.

Dr McAnulty said fragments of the virus had also been detected in the wastewater systems servicing Byron Bay, Wardell, Eden, Balranald and Griffith.

The majority of the state’s COVID-19 infections continue to come out of western and south-western Sydney, with NSW Health highlighting Merrylands, Auburn, Guilford, Liverpool, Bankstown, Greenacre and Punchbowl as key areas of concern on Saturday morning.

“But no matter where you live in New South Wales, it’s important you get the message that if you get any symptoms, you come forward for testing right away,” Dr McAnulty said.

Of the 1331 new cases, 169 were in regional NSW, including 75 in the Illawara, 30 in Hunter New England, 29 on the Central Coast, 17 in western NSW, eight in southern NSW, six in far western NSW and four in the Murrumbidgee.