A record 163 local COVID-19 cases in NSW

A record 163 local COVID-19 cases in NSW

NSW has recorded 163 new locally acquired cases in the latest reporting period, a major spike since yesterday and a new daily record. Of those, 66 were household contacts and 45 were infectious in the community. There were 93,900 tests undertaken in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

“What it is telling us is we have a continuing and growing problem, particularly in south-west and western Sydney,” NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.

At the today’s press conference, Health Minister Brad Hazzard begging members of the community to “please stop” mingling with other households.

 

He also called on other states in Australia to put rivalries aside and help those in NSW deal with the crisis, which NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian declared a “national emergency” yesterday.

Amid the concerning case numbers, the state’s lockdown is set to remain until mass vaccination, with the government considering military assistance in the meantime to stop the Delta strain spread.

He said he was "frustrated" that NSW authorities weren't privy to how much of the vaccine the country has in national stockpile.

"I've seen nothing in writing, if that has happened," he said.

"One of the frustrations, I must say, that I've had – look, I'm just being open and honest here because there is no other alternative at this point.

Mr Hazzard said: "Dr Chant gave the crisis cabinet very strong advice that she considered what we were going through here in New South Wales is a national emergency.

"By that, what she was really saying was we need the help that other states and territories could possibly give us. I want to remind those other states and territories that last time I looked, we were a Commonwealth – we worked together, and it disturbs me that it would aware that all we've ever done to work together has just seemingly been cast aside.

"When we have bushfires, when we have floods, people from our state go to help others."

"Equally, those other states send their community, their emergency workers, their fireworkers, their SESs  come to us and help.

Last year when Victoria was in trouble and, from this end, we were thankfully not suffering the same problems that our Victorian colleagues and friends were suffering, I personally said goodbye to a number of health staff who went down to Victoria and put their lives at risk,  put their lives on the line.

"I just want to emphasise that from my point of view it is with disappointment that I heard some of the responses from leaders from other states," he added.

The state has recorded 1940 locally acquired cases since the start of the latest outbreak on June 16.

Six people have died in the latest outbreak, including a man in his 80s who will be counted in today’s figures.

There are currently 139 people with COVID-19 in hospital, including 37 in intensive care, with 17 requiring ventilation.