All time record in Covid cases in NSW

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.

"We are seeing such a high case rate. I cannot urge you enough to come forward for testing but importantly, be very careful in the way you move about in your community."

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.

Premier is asked what October will look like for our hospitals, if kids can go back to school and some restrictions are eased. She said vaccinations will start to play a big role by then.

"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.

NSW Police issued thousands of penalties last week, many to people who were knowingly COVID-positive while out and about in the community.