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NSW records four COVID-19 deaths and 173 new cases

NSW has recorded 173 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths in the 24 hours to 8pm.

Across the state 93.6 per cent of the population aged over 16 years have been vaccinated with their first dose, while 87.8 per cent are fully vaccinated.

There are 333 COVID-19 patients in hospital with 72 in ICU.

There were 58,988 tests conducted in the past 24 hours which was down on the 62,857 tests of the day prior.

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Yesterday NSW opened travel within the state with Greater Sydney residents able to travel to the NSW regions again, while fully-vaccinated international arrivals no longer have to quarantine.

The return of international travel has lead to growing pressure on zero-COVID states to reopen their internal borders.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has lashed out at the harsh border stance of Western Australia's Premier Mark McGowan, coinciding with overseas arrivals landing in Australia without having to undergo quarantine.

"It is absurd that you can travel to Singapore but not to Perth," he said.

"We need to bring an end to that and make sure all borders are open at the first possible opportunity."

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Mr McGowan has refused to budge on reopening WA to the rest of the country.

- with Australian Associated Press

This story NSW records four COVID-19 deaths and 173 new cases first appeared on Newcastle Herald.