The Premier said the number of cases was less significant at this stage of the pandemic and admitted as freedoms in Greater Sydney returned, so would infection numbers. LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic “We have to accept that once we start reopening cases will go through the roof but it won’t matter as much because people will be vaccinated,” she said.
Ms Berejiklian hoped the cases has peaked, citing modelling released by NSW Health at the end of August, but authorities weren’t “ready to call it”. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the case numbers dropping was pleasing but she was not ready to “read too much into” it.
“I should note that even if case numbers go down, we should expect unfortunately that the number of people in intensive care and the number of people who lose their lives to go up,” she said. It is the first time new case numbers has dropped below 1,000 since August 27.
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