NSW records 594 new local COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths

New South Wales has recorded 594 new local cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, all locally transmitted.

Ten people – seven men and three women – have died in the past 24 hours.

Across the state, 88.6 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose and 67.7 percent are officially fully vaccinated.

However, 9News reporter Chris O'Keefe earlier reported that NSW could be on track to hit the 70 per cent double dose milestone as early as this afternoon.


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Healthcare workers consult with clients attending the Belmore Sports Ground vaccination hub in Sydney.

It marks the third day in a row without a scheduled coronavirus press conference in the state – though new premier Dominic Perrottet has answered questions about the pandemic elsewhere.

Speaking this morning, he floated some potential changes to the lockdown exit strategy.

"I'm meeting with health officials today to go through the roadmap," he said.

"There are a number of areas within the roadmap that can be looked at."

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Among those areas, Mr Perrottet said he would "definitely" look at hospital visitation rules, with a number of Sydney hospitals still maintaining bans on loved ones visiting.

"I've raised that with (Health Minister Brad Hazzard) already," he said.

He said priorities would need to be balanced, with compassionate needs measured against protecting the elderly and sick most at risk of COVID-19.

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