NSW has recorded 319 cases of Covid-19, a new record for the state.
Of these locally acquired cases, 125 are linked to a known case or cluster – 108 are household contacts and 17 are close contacts.
“But 194 are still under investigation and obviously, that presents challenges for our health staff,” NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.
“That is why I’m saying to the community, you have really got to get serious about staying at home.”
Mr Hazzard has repeated his plea for people who are eligible to get vaccinated.
“The great news today is our doses for the first dose on population of 16 and above have reached almost 50 per cent,” Mr Hazzard said.
“That is a very positive step forward,” he said.
“For those who are fully vaccinated, we are to almost 22 per cent and we are going up at about five per cent per week, so can I say to everybody out there, we’re not going to beat this virus until unless you get under journey with us.”
There are now 345 people with COVID-19 in hospital, including 56 in intensive care, and 23 are ventilated.
Of the 56 cases in intensive care, four are in their 20s, four of their 30s, three are in their 40s, 19 in their 50s, eight in their 60s, 14 in the 70s, and four in their 80s.
Of the 56 people in ICU, 51 were not vaccinated at all, NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty said.
There have also been another five deaths since yesterday bringing the total number of people who have died during the current outbreak to 27.
“These infections were acquired in the community and none of these five deaths were vaccinated,” Dr McAnulty said.
Armidale plunged into lockdown
The new infections have sparked a week-long snap lockdown for the Armidale LGA set to begin at 5pm today.
“I’m sorry to that people of Armidale local council area, I would say to you this is out of care and concern for your area,” Mr Hazzard said.
“If I were living in the area I would not be going out of the house today,” Mr Hazzard said.
“I would be staying at home. I will be visiting friends, and I will be making sure that, I would be making sure that I protect myself and my family.”
Apartment block in south-west Sydney locked down
Meanwhile, an apartment block in Sydney’s south-west, the current epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, has also been locked down.
The building in Liverpool has notched up over a dozen positive COVID-19 cases, prompting authorities to take action.
“There are fourteen confirmed cases of COVID-19 who live in an apartment block at 29-33 Campbell Street in Liverpool,” a South Western Sydney Local Health District spokesperson said in a statement.
Coronavirus detected in Dubbo sewage
Traces of COVID-19 have been detected in Dubbo in regional NSW.
No positive cases have been detected in the area however residents are being urged to get tested.
“Take it very seriously. If there is a case there, we need to find it to ensure the community is safe,” Dr McAnulty said.