Inner West Independent

Two people from the Inner West die as inner city records almost 2,500 new COVID-19 cases

Two people from the Inner West have died from COVID-19 in the last reporting period. Photo: Dictionary of Sydney.

By DANIEL LO SURDO

Two people from the Inner West have died from COVID-19 in the last reporting period as the Sydney Local Health District, which includes the Balmain, Concord, Canterbury and Royal Prince Alfred Hospitals, recorded 2,480 new cases.

It comes as NSW detected 63,018 new cases of COVID-19, while hospitalisations rose to 2,525 and 29 deaths were recorded. Of the deaths, there were 15 men and 14 women, with three people aged in their 40s, five in their 60s, five in their 70s, 11 in their 80s and five in their 90s.

While speaking this morning, Premier Dominic Perrottet said that public hospitals were coping better than last week’s modelling anticipated, calling it “encouraging, reassuring and pleasing”.

“On behalf of the government and people of NSW can I extend my thoughts, my prayers and our hearts go out to all the families right across NSW who have lost a loved one at this time,” Mr Perrottet said.

“It is going to be a difficult few weeks ahead, but the tracking that we are releasing today is very reassuring and encouraging given where we sit today in the pandemic.”

Mr Perrottet also confirmed this morning that over 40 per cent of eligible people in NSW have received their booster shot, with any person who has observed four months since their second vaccination entitled to the third jab.

The Premier also addressed recently-circulated footage of a Hillsong Church camp, where attendees were seen singing and dancing without masks in a video that sparked outrage throughout the country.

Mr Perrottet said that he was “completely shocked” by the vision while supporting calls for Hillsong to be fined over breaching COVID-19 restrictions, which presently ban singing and dancing at music festivals, entertainment facilities and major recreation facilities, but not for religious services.

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