New South Wales has recorded more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths, including three people who died at home before they were diagnosed with the virus.

In a video briefing on Saturday, NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty confirmed 1007 locally acquired cases had been recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm on Friday – 36 fewer than the day before.

More than half of the cases were in the hotspot areas of western and southwest Sydney, however, authorities are also concerned about rising case numbers in the Illawarra, south of Sydney, where 70 new cases were reported.

Ten men and one woman also succumbed to the virus, with nine of those who died unvaccinated and two having received one jab.

One person was in their 40s, one in their 50s, two in their 60s, three in their 70s, three in their 80s and one in their 90s.

A general view of Sydney’s CBD during lockdown.
A general view of Sydney’s CBD during lockdown. Credit: DAN HIMBRECHTS/AAPIMAGE

At least eight had underlying medical conditions. Their deaths take the toll from the current outbreak to 288.

“(It’s) sad that we’ve seen a number of people that have died with COVID and died at home and been diagnosed after they’ve died,” McAnulty said.

“If you have the mildest of symptoms come forward for testing for COVID, and if your condition deteriorates call your doctor sooner rather than later, get medical help, and in an emergency call triple-zero.”

Hospital and ICU numbers remain steady as the state approaches October when hospitalisations are expected to peak.

There are 1187 people being treated for COVID-19 in hospital, with 229 in intensive care and 118 on ventilators.

People are seen after receiving a vaccine a pop-up clinic in Redfern.
People are seen after receiving a vaccine a pop-up clinic in Redfern. Credit: DAN HIMBRECHTS/AAPIMAGE

The state is just weeks away from reaching 70 per cent full vaccination of its eligible population, triggering the return of some freedoms for the vaccinated.

Currently, 84 per cent of NSW residents have had at least one vaccine dose, and more than 57 per cent are fully vaccinated.

But the government is yet to reveal what residents can expect when NSW hits the next target of 80 per cent.

Not ‘Freedom Day’

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Friday warned the reopening of NSW from next month should not be seen as “Freedom Day”.

“I’m always wary of using terms like Freedom Day because when we start to open up it must be step-by-step, it has to be done cautiously,” she told reporters.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Credit: JOEL CARRETT/AAPIMAGE

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant told reporters “we will not (ever) go back to pre-COVID”.

“We’ll always have to be mindful that COVID exists … It’s not going to be back to normal,” she said.

NSW residents would have to keep getting booster shots and listening to health advice when there were outbreaks, even when vaccination rates were higher, she said.

– with AAP

NSW COVID cases today remain stubbornly high as Health authorities record ELEVEN deaths
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