A man in his 30s has sadly passed away in Nepean Hospital after battling COVID-19.
NSW Health has confirmed the man had underlying health conditions.
He was one of nine deaths reported overnight.
NSW recorded 1,542 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 to 8pm last night. 88 new cases were reported in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District.
Meanwhile, the State Government will no longer hold 11am daily press conferences from Monday.
Daily figures will be released by NSW Health and Premier Gladys Berejiklian will hold press conferences on an as-needed basis.
It comes after the Premier yesterday released the roadmap to reopening the state, with restrictions to be lifted when NSW reaches the 70 per cent double vaccinated target.
Also from Monday, people across NSW who have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be allowed more freedoms.
For those who live outside the LGAs of concern, up to five fully vaccinated adults can engage in outdoor recreation in a person’s LGA or within 5km of home. Children under 12 will not be counted in this total.
For those who live in the LGAs of Concern, a household with all adults vaccinated will be able to engage in outdoor recreation (including picnics) for up to two hours within the existing rules (outside of curfew hours and within 5km of home). This is in addition to the ability to engage in outdoor exercise.
People who live alone can gather with one other adult to participate in outdoor recreation within the same existing rules.
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.