NSW Premier hints at changes to roadmap as Covid cases fall again

NSW's planned route out of Covid restrictions could be changed under new premier Dominic Perrottet, after he said parts of the roadmap will be reviewed.

It comes as NSW announced a further 594 locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, continuing the downward trend that has seen daily cases fall from a daunting peak of 1599 nearly four weeks ago.

It is the lowest daily case total since August 17.

The state reported a further 10 Covid-related deaths, taking the outbreak's death toll to 395. The youngest of the latest victims were in their 40s.

As of Wednesday, 67.7 per cent of eligible residents over the age of 16 have received two doses of vaccine, just 2.3 per cent shy of the 70 per cent target that will bring much-desired freedoms to the state.

Premier Dominic Perrottet hinted at a change to the state's roadmap out of restrictions. Source: Getty
Premier Dominic Perrottet hinted at a change to the state's roadmap out of restrictions. Source: Getty

However the double dose vaccine rate has somewhat slowed in the past 48 hours, with the previous two updates advancing the percentage by just 0.6.

There were over 90,000 tests in the previous 24-hour reporting period. The state has now administered 10,459,088 vaccine doses.

Premier to 'look at' potential roadmap changes

Mr Perrottet, the state's former treasurer, has been a staunch supporter of providing relief for businesses throughout the pandemic, and his appointment brought speculation he may even bring the first stage of reopening on October 11 forward.

While that date will remain the same, Mr Perrottet hinted the state could alter aspects of the state's journey to a Covid normal.

"There's a number of areas within the roadmap that can be looked at," Mr Perrottet told Sydney radio station 2GB.

The crisis cabinet will meet shortly after the Nationals voted to appoint Bathurst MP and Regional Transport Minister Paul Toole as party leader and deputy premier.

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