20,148 COVID-19 cases, 30 deaths as GPs narrow childhood vaccination gap


Premier Dominic Perrottet said schools will resume as planned no matter what and the state’s health care system has enough resources to withstand a potential spike in COVID-19 cases early in the term.

“Getting children back to school safely is a key priority for this government,” Perrottet said on Saturday morning.

Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet with members of the Warriewood SLSC.Credit:Renee Nowytarger

“There is no doubt that there will be challenges when we open schools. The alternative is to keep schools closed, that’s not what we’re doing. All states and territories … are fully focused on understanding [the] importance [for children].”

Mr Perrottet said the government had been working on a back-to-school plan for three weeks which should “give confidence to parents and teachers that we will be able to open classes in a safe environment for everyone”.

NSW Deputy Health Secretary Susan Pearce has told parents to ‘keep looking’ for a vaccine before school starts.

“The clear message is to keep looking, keep looking. There should be a date,” she said.

Schools will not be part of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, she said, because COVID-19 vaccines are difficult to manage.

This comes as the state records 20,148 COVID-190 cases and 30 deaths. Of the new cases, 8,566 were self-reported from home testing and 11,582 from PCR testing.


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