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NSW registers 1,284 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths as home quarantine trials for international travel announced

NSW registers 1,284 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths as home quarantine trials for international travel announced

NSW will take “an important step” towards living with COVID-19 by quarantining some returning international travelers at home when they return to Sydney.

NSW reached another milestone in the vaccine today with 50 percent of people over the age of 16 now fully vaccinated.

The state registered 1,284 new COVID infections and 12 deaths over the course of 24 hours to 8 p.m. yesterday.

Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said as the state “inches closer and closer” to more freedoms, “nothing would give us greater joy” than seeing hotels returned to tourists, rather than being used as quarantine facilities.

The pilot, to be operated and monitored by NSW Health and police, will allow about 175 fully vaccinated people to be quarantined at home for seven days.

Currently, people coming to NSW from abroad are to be quarantined at a hotel for 14 days.

Pilot participants driving in partnership with the Commonwealth must have had both doses of a TGA-approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Participants will be selected by NSW Health, based on a risk assessment framework, and may include some NSW residents, some non-Australian residents and some Qantas flight crews.

NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres described the trial as “an important step” in the state’s roadmap for living with COVID-19.

“We can not remain closed forever. We need to be able to learn what happens when we put people in home-based quarantine,” Ayres said.

“Sydney is a global city and it needs to interact with the globe.”

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NSW will try home quarantine for international travelers returning to Sydney.(ABC News)

He said the four-week trial would also help Australian citizens who have not been able to return home during the pandemic.

“This is a really big step and a light for every Australian who is still abroad due to caps and has not been able to get home,” he said.

“We want to be able to lift these caps and do it as quickly as possible, but we want to be able to make sure we do it in a very safe way.”

Two of the 12 people who died during the reporting period were in their 20s.

One was from Western Sydney and had a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

She died at Nepean Hospital, and Deputy Chief of Health Officer Marianne Gale said she had an underlying health condition.

The other was a resident of the group Without Without Barriers in Wyong, on the central coast, and got his infection there.

She was unvaccinated.

Three of the deaths were residents of elderly care facilities in Dubbo, in the west of the state.

Three people in their 50s died and the others were aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

Seven of the 12 people who died were not vaccinated, two had received a dose and three were fully vaccinated.

There are currently 1,245 COVID-19 cases hospitalized, with 228 people in the intensive care unit, 112 of whom require ventilation.

Of people on intensive care, 172 are unvaccinated, 50 have received a dose and six were fully vaccinated.

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