The number of active cases in NSW continues to climb with 262 new infectious announced on Thursday morning, the highest number of daily infections since the outbreak began.
Five people died of coronavirus in the state in the past 24 hours.
Four of those five had not been vaccinated at all, while a fifth had just one dose of AstraZeneca.
The deaths are three people in their 60s, one in their 70s and one in their 80s.
At least 45 of today’s cases were infectious while in the community, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
It comes after more than 107,000 tests were conducted.
Newcastle and Hunter lockdown announced
Newcastle and the Hunter region will go into a one-week lockdown after an unexplained coronavirus case in the area. The lockdown will go into effect at 5pm today.
That includes the LGAs of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Dungog, Singleton and Muswellbrook.
“Similar to what occurred in Orange and hopefully, we’ll see that community have their restrictions or stay at home lifted at that time,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“I want to confirm the arrangements in the eight local government areas will be exactly the same as exists in Greater Sydney, including the Central Coast.”