NSW students awaiting clarity around final exams

Year 12 students across New South Wales are due to get some clarity around their final exams today after months of coronavirus-driven home learning.

The HSC timetable is expected to be released this morning, with all written exams due to go ahead.

Results are likely to be released in January.

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The announcement comes one day after the NSW Government revealed its plan for ending lockdown once 70 per cent of adults are fully vaccinated.

The reopening of the state is expected to happen in late October, possibly as early as October 18.

Some regional areas will be freed from stay at home orders from Saturday.

It's hoped the promised freedoms will encourage more people to come forward and book in for a jab.

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People exercising at sunrise  in Sydney.

The vaccine rollout has received another boost overnight, with a new shipment of Pfizer doses arriving at Sydney Airport on board a Qantas flight.

The cargo, from the UK, includes 292,000 doses of the vaccine which is part of a swap deal totalling four million doses.

From today, everyone aged 18 and over will be able to get AstraZeneca at Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena in a fresh "vaccine blitz".

Advance bookings are not required, with the promise of free parking and no lengthy queues.

Doses of Moderna are expected to arrive in the country next week, to be rolled out in pharmacies towards the end of the month.

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Meanwhile, residents living in communities in NSW and Queensland are awaiting news today on whether a border bubble will be reinstated between the two states.

Government officials met for high-level talks yesterday to discuss potential new arrangements. It would be welcome news for families separated and businesses crippled by border restrictions in areas such as Coolangatta and the Tweed.

However, parts of south-east Queensland are now on high alert after a COVID-19 positive truck driver from NSW spent two days in the area while infectious.

Yesterday NSW recorded 1405 new infections and a further five deaths.

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