NSW COVID case numbers, Sunday, October 17

NSW records 301 new COVID cases before new freedoms on Monday

COVID-19 case numbers continue to fall across NSW, six days after the state started reopening social and economic activity.

The state recorded 301 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm Saturday and 10 new deaths from COVID-19.

The state's COVID-19 patients include 619 in hospital and 137 in intensive care.

NSW reached its second target of 80 per cent adult double-dose vaccination on Friday, triggering a range of relaxed restrictions from Monday. The single-dose rate has crept up to 91.9 per cent.

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Kindergarten, year 1 and year 12 students return to face-to-face schooling on Monday, and other years will follow on October 25.

A new set of freedoms for the fully vaccinated include the return of community sport, a new home visitor limit of 20 people, the scrapping of mandatory masks in offices and bigger caps on weddings and funerals.

Pub patrons will also be allowed to drink standing up and dance.