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NSW records 262 new local cases of coronavirus and three deaths

NSW has reported 262 new Covid-19 cases and three deaths from the virus on Thursday.

There are now 199 people in hospital with the virus – 29 in intensive care.

Of the NSW population over the age of 16, 94.3 per cent have now received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 91.4 per cent are double-dose vaccinated.

So far 80.7 per cent of people aged 12-15 have had one shot and 74.2 per cent of this age group is now fully vaccinated.

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There were 88,402 Covid-19 tests conducted in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday.

Camera IconNSW has reported 262 new Covid-19 cases and three deaths from the virus on Thursday. Credit: News Corp Australia

Elective surgery has begun to return to full capacity for public and private patients in hospitals in Greater Sydney, including the Nepean Blue Mountains and Illawarra Shoalhaven local health districts.

The cap on non-urgent elective surgery, introduced to free up beds for coronavirus patients, was lifted on Monday.

Health officials say the 75 per cent cap on overnight, non-urgent elective surgery in public and private hospitals can be safely removed due to the very high rates of vaccination in NSW and stable levels of community transmission.

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Covid-19 restrictions are next set to ease when NSW reaches 95 per cent double vaccination or on December 15, 2021, whichever comes first.

Proof of vaccination will no longer be required under public health orders and non-critical retail will be allowed to open to the unvaccinated.

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