Covid NSW: Man in his 40s dies at home, cases refuse to drop

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NSW has reported a further 11 Covid-related deaths, including a man in his 40s, and 1043 new local cases.

Daily infections have stubbornly lingered above the 1000 mark for about a week after cases began to drop off from the peak of 1599 on September 11.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it was pleasing to see vaccination rates "go through the roof" in local government areas of concern, with some showing first dose rates over 90 per cent.

Embarrassing detail in Gladys' press conference

She held her daily press conference at the Macquarie Fields vaccination hub where she said they were "seeing enthusiastic people" get their jabs, coming forward in high numbers.

While Ms Berejiklian boasted of enthusiastic vaccine recipients, there was very few people around. Source: ABC
While Ms Berejiklian boasted of enthusiastic vaccine recipients, there was very few people around. Source: ABC

In nearby Campbelltown and Camden more than 90 per cent of people 16 years and over have had at least one dose of vaccine.

But embarrassingly for Ms Berejiklian, there was no queue in sight with just the odd person entering the facility.

"Premier, where is everybody?" one reporter asked.

"It is set up for a crowd and there isn't much of one."

Ms Berejiklian told reporters vaccine rates at the centre have been surging and people would have to "take my word" on that.

Children under 15 coming forward for jabs

NSW has achieved a first-dose vaccination rate of 84.1 per cent and 56.6 per cent have had two doses of vaccine.

Ms Berejiklian said one third of those aged 12 to 15 have now received a first dose which she called "outstanding".

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said the man in his 40s died at his home in western Sydney. Other deaths included a man in his 50s dying at Broken Hill Hospital.

It comes as the state government announced it would welcome hundreds of overseas students back to the state in a pilot scheme that could see students return from overseas by the end of the year.

Up to 500 international students will be housed in accomodation in Redfern, who must be fully vaccinated with a TGA-recognised vaccine meaning Chinese students are likely to be omitted.

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