NSW has recorded 466 new cases of COVID-19 with at least 60 infectious in the community, as Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a series of new rules it is hoped will stem the virus spread.
Four deaths also occurred overnight.
Ms Berejiklian said today was “the most concerning day of the pandemic”.
The deaths included a woman in her 40s in palliative care, a man in his 70s who had pre-existing conditions, a man in his 80s, and a woman in her 70s.
The woman in her 40s and the man in his 70s were both vaccinated, while the man in his 80s was not.
The death of the woman in her 70s was only recorded recently and no other information was yet known, Ms Berejiklian said.
Dubbo and the surrounding areas in western NSW have recorded a further 26 cases, and Ms Berejiklian said a lockdown extension in the region was likely.