Dr Jeremy McAnulty delivered the figures just hours after John Barilaro made the shock announcement he would be quitting as deputy premier on Monday.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian three days earlier announced she would be resigning due to a corruption investigation by ICAC.
Ms Berejiklian regularly led the daily Covid-19 press conferences to provide the latest updates. Mr Barilaro had also made appearances, mostly to address outbreaks in regional NSW.
Dr McAnulty took just six minutes to break down the numbers including regional and suburban infection rates, and vaccine doses administered, and took no questions.
NSW has recorded 623 new Covid-19 cases and six deaths overnight with the state’s deputy chief health officer (pictured, Dr Jeremy McAnulty) forced to announce the new figures alone after the NSW premier and deputy premier stepped down from their roles
The state has begun its final scheduled week in lockdown before homes and hospitality businesses can once again welcome visitors as NSW nears its 70 per cent double dose vaccination target
The state has begun its final week in lockdown before homes and hospitality businesses can once again welcome visitors as NSW nears 70 per cent vaccination.
Across the state, 88.4 per cent of people aged 16 and over had received a first vaccine, and 67.1 per cent were fully vaccinated by midnight on Saturday.
There were 76,892 Covid-19 tests conducted and 13,045 vaccines administered in the past 24 hours.
Among the new deaths is a person aged in their 40s, three in their 60s, one in their 70s and one in their 90s.
Four were unvaccinated, one received only their first dose and the other was fully-vaccinated.
Of the new cases, 144 were from South Western Sydney Local Health District, 103 from Western Sydney LHD and 51 from Sydney LHD.
NSW recorded 623 new Covid-19 cases on Monday – down from 667 recorded on Sunday
The NSW Government on Sunday outlined new public health advice to come into effect on October 11 to manage the spread of Covid-19 as restrictions ease.
Under the advice, which may change as case numbers do, vaccinated and unvaccinated people will have different isolation times if they are a close contact of a Covid-19 case.
Vaccinated close contacts of a positive case must get tested and isolate for seven days.
On the sixth day they must get tested again and if the result is negative, they can end isolation after day seven.
They must work from home for an additional week where possible and not attend hospitality or high-risk settings, even if it is their place of work.
Everyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated, with COVID-19 symptoms has been urged to get tested and self-isolate and anyone who tests positive must still isolate for 14 days
NSW on Sunday reported 667 new locally acquired cases and 10 deaths, the first time daily case numbers have been below 700 since August 19
Unvaccinated close contacts must get tested and isolate for 14 days, get tested again at 12 days and if a negative result is received isolation can end after the fortnight.
Everyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated, with Covid-19 symptoms has been urged to get tested and self-isolate and anyone who tests positive must still isolate for 14 days.
Businesses will be responsible for taking ‘reasonable measures to stop unvaccinated people entering premises’ such as having prominent signs, QR code requirements and only accepting valid proof of vaccination.
Hospitality, retail, gyms, hairdressers and beauty salons will be monitored by authorised officers and on-the-spot fines of $1,000 will apply to individuals who do not comply or use fraudulent vaccination records.
Businesses may be fined $5,000 for breaching the rules.
Lismore has begun the first day of a weeklong lockdown. The stay-at-home orders have been extended to any resident who has visited the town or anywhere in its local council since September 28.
NSW on Sunday reported 667 new locally acquired cases and 10 deaths, the first time daily case numbers have been below 700 since August 19.
Across the state, 88.4 per cent of people aged 16 and over had received a first vaccine, and 67.1 per cent were fully vaccinated by midnight on Saturday
The NSW government on Sunday outlined new public health advice to come into effect on October 11 to manage the spread of COVID-19 as restrictions ease
Of the 10 deaths in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday, four people were not vaccinated, four had received one dose and two were fully vaccinated.
The deaths take the toll for the current outbreak to 372.
There are 981 Covid-19 patients in hospital in NSW, with 195 in intensive care units and 93 on ventilators.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said a child aged between zero and nine was in ICU, as were three people aged between 10 and 19.
Mr Hazzard said the resignation of Ms Berejiklian did not change the roadmap out of lockdown for NSW.
‘She has been absolutely critical to the team,’ he said.
‘But that doesn’t mean the health team and the rest of the government won’t continue to do what we need to do.’
NSW Health has detected virus fragments in sewage at Kingscliff and Banora Point in far northern NSW.
Casino is in lockdown, with stay-at-home orders applicable to anyone who has visited the northern NSW town since September 24.
Source: Daily Mail UK