NSW has detected 31 new COVID-19 cases in the community in the past 24 hours.
It’s the biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases since the state’s latest outbreak began.
Of the new infections recorded today, 27 are linked to previously confirmed cases.
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The source of four infections remains a mystery, with urgent investigations now underway to determine where they may have contracted it from.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she remains concerned about the number of people who have been infectious while out and about in the community.
Of today’s news cases, 13 were not in isolation while infectious.
“I also want to stress that, if you are a close contact, it means you cannot leave the house: that includes for vaccination, that includes for medical attention,” the Premier said.
“If you are a close contact please ring Health and Health will meet all of your needs.”
Ms Berejiklian said authorities would not be surprised to see a rise in cases over the next few days.
“We are anticipating there could be an increase in numbers over the next few days, and then hopefully early next week we should see the impact of the lockdown,” she said.
NSW has also broken its daily testing record, with more than 73,602 people coming forward for testing in the past 24 hours.