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NSW has 8931 COVID cases, six deaths

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NSW has reported 8931 COVID-19 cases and six more deaths, as the state notches up a week of days with fewer than 10,000 cases.

Restrictions are easing, with QR check-ins dropped at most venues last week, and from Friday masks will no longer be mandatory for most indoor settings.

From Monday staff and students in NSW schools won’t be required to undertake twice-weekly rapid antigen tests, unless they have symptoms.

Instead staff and students will be provided with eight RAT kits to be used as required.

High school students won’t be required to wear masks from next week, Sydney radio 2GB reported on Wednesday.

Masks will be phased out for teachers the following week, it said.

NSW Health reports 52.2 per cent of eligible people have had three vaccine doses, while 79 per cent of people aged 12-15 are double-jabbed.

Nearly 47 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one vaccine dose.

Meanwhile, incoming boss of NSW Health Susan Pearce revealed on Tuesday the government had spent more than $4 billion to the state’s health system to manage the impacts of the pandemic during the past two years.

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the state’s vaccination program, which had delivered more than 16.6 million jabs.

Ms Pearce said the state has achieved a vaccination coverage that was among the best in the world and urged people to get booster shots as soon as possible and vaccinate children.

“For the next two weekends, people can simply show up to a NSW Health clinic for walk-in vaccinations for the whole family, no appointments required,” Ms Pearce said.

We’ve Already Come Too Far To End This Now.

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