NSW records one COVID-19 death as cases continue to drop

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NSW has recorded 165 new COVID-19 cases and one death in the 24 hours to 8pm.

The state's population aged over 16 years is now 91.1 per cent fully vaccinated, while 94.2 per cent have had their first dose.

In those aged 12-15 years, 73.4 per cent are fully vaccinated while 80.6 per cent have had their first dose.

There are 216 COVID-19 patients in hospital and 32 in ICU.

There were 50,453 tests done in the past 24 hours, which was down on the 57,878 tests the day prior.

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Labor and unions have slammed a NSW government plan to roll back a special COVID-19 protection for workers.

Premier Dominic Perrottet says he intends scrapping a provision in the state's Workers Compensation Act allowing for the presumption that frontline workers who test positive caught the virus while on duty.

The government estimates keeping the protection could invite 25,000 extra claims in the next year forcing insurance premiums up by an average of $950.

- with Australian Associated Press

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