All time record in Covid cases in NSW
The numbers continue to soar in NSW as it recorded 1,290 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday. It’s a new daily record for the state, and the largest number ever recorded by an Australian jurisdiction in a 24-hour period.
There were also four deaths, including the state's first regional death.
Chief health officer Kerry Chant pointed out Guildford, Merrylands, Auburn, Greenacre, Yagoona, Punchbowl, Blacktown and surrounding suburbs as the locations seeing the highest growth in cases.
The Premier Gladys Berejiklian also revealed 6.8 million jabs of vaccine have been administered in NSW with 66 per cent of the adult population has received one dose and 36 per cent have received two doses.
"Vaccination is the key in terms of our freedom and reducing the spread of the virus."
Ms Berejiklian said the state was doing well in terms of planning for a roadmap out of lockdown once 70 per cent of people were vaccinated sometime in October, with those freedoms extended to people who were fully vaccinated.
"The hospitalisation rate is not necessarily related transmission, It is the accumulation of over time” she said.
"Once you get to October and 70% double dose, the chance of our citizens, the proportion of our citizens ending up in hospital or intensive care greatly reduces so we have to be aware of those facts”
Currently, there are 840 Covid-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 137 people in intensive care, 48 of whom require ventilation.
Authorities are also concerned that COVID-19 fatigue will push case numbers higher, as Greater Sydney enters its 10th week of lockdown.