NSW covid: NSW a SPIKE in Covid cases with 372 new infections

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New South Wales recorded 372 Covid-19 cases overnight and just one death.

The figures announced on Thursday come almost two weeks after the state was lifted from its four-month lockdown

Vaccination rates continue to rise with 82.3 per cent of the state’s population aged over-16 now fully vaccinated while 92.5 per cent have had at least one jab.

While NSW recorded almost 100 more cases than 24 hours earlier, there was a slight drop of cases being treated in hospital from 552 to 523.

, NSW covid: NSW a SPIKE in Covid cases with 372 new infections, The Today News USA

, NSW covid: NSW a SPIKE in Covid cases with 372 new infections, The Today News USA

More restrictions were eased in NSW this week after the state  reached 80 per cent double dose target on Saturday. Pictured Sydneysiders at Circular Quay

Around 124 cases in hospital remain in intensive care.

The one fatality takes the death toll from the Delta outbreak to 487 since June 16, while 543 NSW residents have sadly lost their lives since pandemic began in early 2020.

NSW also recorded two overseas acquired cases from returned travellers in quarantine while 86,235 residents came forward for testing. 

While the cases are up from Wednesday’s 283 infections, experts have urged NSW residents not to worry about an explosion in cases as earlier predicted by state authorities after lockdown lifted. 

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her successor Dom Perrottet had warned the public that infections will go ‘through the roof’ and ‘explode’ after NSW reopened on October 11. 

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, NSW covid: NSW a SPIKE in Covid cases with 372 new infections, The Today News USA

Despite dramatic warnings Covid-19 case numbers could ‘explode’ in NSW after Freedom Day, experts are confident the infections could instead linger around the low levels they’re currently at (pictured in Sydney)

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH NSW CASE NUMBERS? 

Former Premier Gladys Berejiklian earlier said she expected Covid-19 cases to ‘go through the roof’ after lockdown was lifted on October 11.

Australian National University infectious diseases expert Professor Peter Collignon said while no one could predict whether or not the infections may rise or fall in NSW, he was feeling ‘optimistic’.  

‘We are currently seeing around 200 to 300 cases a day, I wouldn’t be surprised if they stayed at that level,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘I don’t think it’ll go up to 2,000 cases a day.’ 

He said NSW was likely to see a summer with relatively low case numbers because the vaccination rates were so high and there is less risk of transmission in respiratory viruses in warmer months.

Professor Collignon added that the incubation period for the Delta stain was around four to five days, adding NSW should have likely already seen a jump in infections as the lockdown ended over a week ago.

Chair of Epidemiology at Deakin University Catherine Bennett told Daily Mail Australia the Covid-19 case numbers in NSW will ‘roll around’ but the full extent won’t be known until around two weeks after the lockdown ended. 

‘We will see the numbers roll around but we should be in a good position to stop them taking off and that will be the focus – not waiting for a wave and then trying to bring the infections down,’ she said.

She said testing was still highly important and will allow health authorities to keep the virus under control.

‘We will see a levelling out, we won’t necessarily see that case number (of around the 200s) drop but it’s a bit early to say what’s really going to play out here.’

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But epidemiologists say the days where NSW suffered thousands of cases may now be behind us. 

Australian National University infectious diseases expert Professor Peter Collignon said while no one could predict whether or not cases may rise or fall in NSW, he was feeling ‘optimistic’.

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‘We are currently seeing around 200 to 300 cases a day, I wouldn’t be surprised if they stayed at that level,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘I don’t think it’ll go up to 2,000 cases a day.’ 

He said NSW was likely to see a summer with relatively low case numbers because the vaccination rates were so high and there is less risk of transmission in respiratory viruses in warmer months.

Professor Collignon added that the incubation period for the Delta stain was around four to five days, adding NSW should have likely already seen a jump in infections as the lockdown ended over a week ago.

However, come winter time, case numbers are expected to climb back up again.

The expert said NSW would likely be in a good position up until June next year where cases are likely to climb.

Prof Collignon also warned that Covid-19 was something the world would have to live with and cases would likely linger in the community for years to come.  

, NSW covid: NSW a SPIKE in Covid cases with 372 new infections, The Today News USA

, NSW covid: NSW a SPIKE in Covid cases with 372 new infections, The Today News USA

NSW recorded 372 new cases and one death on Thursday. Pictured shoppers at Sydney’s QVB on Monday

‘Covid zero is not an option,’ he said.

‘It was good for Australia to achieve it a number of times but the reality is (Covid) is everywhere, there’s no way to eliminate it.’ 

Chair of Epidemiology at Deakin University Catherine Bennett told Daily Mail Australia the Covid-19 case numbers in NSW will ‘roll around’ but the full extent won’t be known until around two weeks after the lockdown ended.

She did however say the state would be in a ‘good position’ to fight off any larger outbreaks due to its high level of vaccinations.

‘We will see the numbers roll around but we should be in a good position to stop them taking off and that will be the focus – not waiting for a wave and then trying to bring the infections down,’ she said. 

NSW residents have meanwhile spent a staggering $12.8 million in restaurants, pubs and bars, $100million on retail, $5million on haircuts and $4 million on accommodation since being lifted from lockdown 10 days ago.

Meanwhile, NSW will be home to Australia’s first pilot manufacturing facility built to produce mRNA drugs and vaccines. 

Mr Perrottet has announced $96million hub will be set up in partnership with universities to spearhead the establishment of a local RNA industry, which has been hailed as a game changer for biotech science. 

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, NSW covid: NSW a SPIKE in Covid cases with 372 new infections, The Today News USA

Around 82.3 per cent of the state’s population aged over-16 now fully vaccinated while 92.5 per cent have had at least one jab. Pictured are Sydneysiders in Circular Quay

The state of art facility will house labs and preclinical trial spaces to research and develop new vaccines and drugs.

‘We believe NSW can be world leading in this space, but we can’t do it alone,’ he told reporters on Thursday. 

‘From these investments today, many great things will come.’ 

Melburnians are hours away from being lifted from their sixth lockdown after Victoria finally reached its 70 per cent double dose milestone, a fortnight later than NSW.

A host of restrictions will be eased on Friday, despite Victoria recording 12 deaths and 2,232 new cases, the country’s second highest spike in daily infections. 

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, NSW covid: NSW a SPIKE in Covid cases with 372 new infections, The Today News USA

NSW residents have spent $12.8 million in restaurants, pubs and bars in the last 10 days