MELBOURNE, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Australia's most populous state of New South Wales recorded 961 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths, government data showed on Sunday.
The state's first dose vaccination rate has climbed to 85.2% of its population over 16 years of age, while 59.1% of the population has had their second doses.
New South Wales is expected to relax harsh lockdown restrictions that have been in place since June, when its population reaches 80% double vaccinated some time in November. (Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)
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