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NSW records 9690 COVID-19 deaths, 18

As the premier and the tourism industry welcome the decision to reopen borders, there are now 9690 COVID-19 cases in NSW.

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NSW records 9690 COVID-19 deaths, 18

The number of cases rose by 2253 in the last 24 hours, and there were also four additional deaths.

Hospitalizations fell 31 percent to 2068. There were 132 patients in intensive care and 61 on ventilators.

Twelve men and six women died. Five of the victims were not vaccinated, while three received booster shots.

Two of the victims died in their 60s; five in 70s; six in 80s; five in 90s.

Kerry Chant, Chief Health Officer, stated that approximately 48.6 percent of eligible people have received a third dose of vaccines.

She encouraged people to be tested and vaccinated.

She stated Tuesday that "vaccines work".

She said, "We will continue to be involved in the transition of COVID... we may recommend in future months additional vaccines."

Premier Dominic Perrottet visited the Central Station underground Sydney Metro station on Tuesday to inspect construction. He stated that the construction industry played an important role in supporting the NSW economy during the pandemic.

He said that the project was part of $70 billion state-funded transport infrastructure projects, which had created 130,000 jobs.

Mr Perrottet stated, "What we're creating here is an infrastructure revolution within our state that is driving job growth and will ensure.. greater opportunity for prosperity for generations to follow."

"We continue leading the way out this pandemic here at NSW .... and we keep the economy moving (and have substantial capacity for our health system)."

He was part of the NSW Tourism Industry Council that welcomed the announcement by the federal government that international travelers will be welcome back starting February 21st. The state required people to fill the jobs.

Greg Binskin is the state's Tourism Executive manager. He said that opening the borders was what NSW needed.

He stated that "the arrival of international tourists will bring back life to the world-class harbour city of Sydney...before they spread to other regions."

Binskin stated that "Over the last few weeks, there has been a steady flow of backpackers and international students returning to our shores. This is good news for tourism hospitality which seeks to fill thousands vacant hospitality jobs."

"Despite our closed borders to key markets for many years, there is still a strong demand to travel to Australia. As the world airlines begin to return to NSW, it's good news that the industry is beginning to celebrate and plan."

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