NSW COVID-19 cases drop further as zero deaths are recorded for the first time in months

Coronavirus cases in New South Wales have remained below 300, despite a rise in cases in Sydney.

NSW reported 250 local COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Friday, 36 lower than the previous day.

No new coronavirus deaths have been reported in NSW in the previous 24 hours, for the first time in almost three months.

The last time NSW recorded zero deaths was on August 24.

The milestone comes as vaccination rates across the state continue to climb, keeping hospitalisations low.

There are currently 228 people being treated for the virus in hospital, with 32 in intensive care.

High vaccination rates also mean from Monday NSW Health will no longer list case locations that a COVID-19 positive person has attended.

Some 90.8 per cent of people over 16 are fully vaccinated and 94.1 per cent of adults have had their first jab.

In the 12-15 age group, more than 80 per cent have had their first dose, and 72.4 per cent both.

After weeks in decline, COVID cases in Sydney are on the rise, with the western and southern suburbs emerging as the key drivers in the daily count.

In recent weeks, the majority of new cases have been recorded in the state’s regions.

That’s now shifted to Sydney, four week after restrictions were eased.

“When you have more movement in the population… we’re always likely to see an increase in case numbers,” Dr Michael Bonning from the Australian Medical Association said.