NSW has recorded 882 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths.
Of the new cases three were acquired overseas.
767 COVID cases are in hospital, 117 in ICU and 47 on ventilators.
143,000 vaccinations were administered in the 24 hours to 8pm yesterday.
NSW Health and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian have not revealed how many of the cases were infectious while in the community or how many were linked to known outbreaks.
Ms Berejiklian revealed school will return to face-to-face learning from October.
HSC exams will be delayed until November and vaccinations will be mandatory for school staff.
A staggered return to face-to-face learning will begin from October 25 when Kindergarten and Year 1 will return.
On November 1, Year 2, 6 and 11 students will return.
On November 8, Year 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 will return on November 8.
It comes as Australia's vaccine advisory group ATAGI recommended children aged 12 to 15 the receive Pfizer vaccine.
BREAKING: Australia's expert vaccine advisory group, ATAGI, has recommended children aged 12-15 be vaccinated against #COVID19 with the Pfizer vaccine.— Karen Barlow (@KJBar) August 27, 2021
PM Morrison: "We have taken the decision that bookings will open for children age 12-15 from 13 September." #COVID19Aus
Yesterday the state recorded 1029 cases.
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On Thursday, NSW extended the lockdown in regional NSW until September 2, despite Deputy Premier John Barilaro telling regional media earlier in the week COVID free areas had a good case for release.
"When we mapped it, there was a threat on that border, we took that into account, we took into account what was happening with a couple of exposure sites, especially in Temora," he said.
"There are parts of the state that are clean and could argue quickly why we should open their borders, but when you did it against the broader map a lot of it was closed or impacted.
Ms Berejiklian announced people living outside local government areas of concern could attend outdoor gatherings of five people within 5 kilometres from home.
Those in local government areas of concern can gather outdoors for one hour of recreation within existing rules. This is in addition to the one hour allowed for exercise.
Earlier this morning Victoria revealed the state had recorded 79 new cases in the 24 hours to midnight yesterday.
An Echuca aged care nurse, who lives in Kyabram and was double dosed, has tested positive to COVID-19.