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NSW Cracks Down On Fake Vaccination Certificates

New South Wales in cracking down on fake vaccination certificates with new rules coming into effect on Wednesday.

The state’s Health Minister, Brad Hazzard, signed the amendment to the public health order on Tuesday.

Under current rules, people in NSW are not able to enter most venues without being fully vaccinated. The amendment now makes it illegal for fake proof of vaccination certificates to be used.

“A person must not provide, display or produce to another person information or evidence, including vaccination evidence, purporting to show the person is a fully vaccinated person, unless the information or evidence is true and accurate,” the new rule reads.

Breaching this can result in up to six months imprisonment or a $11,000 fine.

COVID-19 cases have jumped in NSW, with 304 new locally acquired infections and three deaths, including a man in his 30s.

NSW Health said the man from Sydney's inner west had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine shortly before testing positive and died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on Tuesday.

It says the new cases were diagnosed from 89,875 tests undertaken in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday.

The number of people in NSW hospitals with COVID continues to decline.

There are now 418 COVID patients in hospital - down 39 from the previous day - and 97 people are in intensive care, while 43 are ventilated.

AAP with The Project