Five deaths as NSW records 1281 new COVID-19 cases

New South Wales has recorded 1281 new COVID-19 cases and five new deaths in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she has received modelling from health experts that charts the state's path out of lockdown.

Ms Berejiklian said that modelling has shown that the state's intensive care units are likely to experience the peak of COVID-19 patients in early to mid October.

The modelling, which focuses on virus loads across the state's health system, charts how case numbers will affect hospitals and health workers such as paramedics.

NSW has a "surge capacity" of 1550 beds in intensive care units designed to ease the load on the health system.

In the past week more than 750,000 NSW residents received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Among the deaths was a man in his 90s from south-east Sydney, who died at St George Hospital.

He was a resident of St George Aged Care Facility in Bexley and acquired his infection there.

The other deaths include:

  • A woman in her 80s from northern Sydney died at Ryde Hospital.
  • A woman in her 50s from western Sydney died at Westmead Hospital.
  • A woman in her 80s from western Sydney died at Westmead Hospital.
  • A man in his 60s from Southern Highlands died at home.

NSW Health said in a statement it extended its deepest sympathies to their loved ones.

There have been 131 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since 16 June 2021, and 187 in total since the start of the pandemic.

More to come.

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