Regional travel restart pushed back to November 1; Daily case numbers September 15, 2021

New South Wales has recorded 399 new COVID-19 cases and four further deaths over the past 24 hours.

Of the 677 people currently in hospital, 145 are in intensive care.

The case figures came today as the state government announced residents of Greater Sydney will not be allowed to travel to regional NSW when the state reaches the 80 per cent double dose COVID-19 vaccination milestone.
There is concern regional communities in NSW with low vaccination rates will be put at risk if unlimited travel resumes. (9News)

Deputy Premier Paul Toole confirmed on 2GB today that travel to regional areas will be instead pushed back to November 1.

The decision comes amid growing concern low vaccination rates in the regions will put residents at risk once unlimited travel receives the green light.

Mr Toole told 2GB’s that “some of our [regional] communities actually want [the travel ban] to be longer”, with vaccination rates in some regional areas lagging behind the rest of the state.

The state is expected to reach the 80 per cent full vaccination mark by next Monday, which will trigger further easing of restrictions.

Under the state government’s reopening roadmap, unlimited movement was to be allowed then.

Premier Dominic Perrottet yesterday held a meeting with key ministers and top health officials to discuss regional travel.

Mr Perrottet said government health experts expected COVID-19 cases to rise when unlimited interstate travel resumes.

“We certainly believe, based on the advice we’ve received from (NSW) Health, that there will be naturally an increase in case numbers, in hospitalisations, as mobility increases across the state,” he said earlier this week.

In other news, the Service NSW app has been updated to allow you to store your COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate in the same app as your driver licence and COVID QR check-ins.

This new integrated process in NSW means users can scan the venue or store QR code with the Service NSW app and also show proof of check-in and their vaccination status on the same screen.

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