New South Wales has hit a worrying new daily COVID-19 record, with 633 cases detected in the community in the past 24 hours.
The State has also recorded another three deaths, with a man in his 60s and two men in their 70s passing away.
It brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths during the latest outbreak to 60.
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The grim numbers have come with a dire warning from the NSW Premier, with Gladys Berejiklian warning “we haven’t seen the worst of it yet”.
“At the moment, according to the data we have, every person who has the virus is spreading it to at least more than one person,” the Premier said.
“Now, for us to know that we have reached our peak, that can’t continue. So what the data is telling us in the last few days is
“And the way that we stop this is by everybody staying at home… So just stay home. Please don’t leave home unless you absolutely have to.
“We know where the virus is lurking, we know where the problems are in terms of transmission, it’s workplaces and households, and we just ask people to heed that advice.”
Of today’s new cases, at least 92 were circulating in the community for all or part of their infectious periods.
“I can’t express enough my level of concern at these rising numbers of cases,” NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant told reporters on Wednesday.
“very person is passing on the virus to more than one person so we are continuing to see case numbers increase.
“Whilst that vaccination will be an aid and essential for us getting to a point where we can live safely with COVID, our vaccination coverage at the moment is far too low.
“We need to push that up as much as we can but in the meantime, we also need to do everything we can to not come in contact with anyone, to minimise our movements and to continue to get tested and isolate if you have the most minimal of symptoms.”
Dr Chant admitted “w
There are currently 462 people in hospital, with 77 intensive care, 25 of whom require ventilation.
NSW Health has confirmed that fragments of the virus have been detected in sewage at Yamba, Bathurst and Orange in recent days.
The Yamba sewage treatment plant serves about 6,500 people, the Bathurst sewage treatment plant serves about 36,600 people, while the Orange sewage treatment plant serves around 40,000 people.
“These detections are of particular concern and everyone in these areas are urged to monitor for the onset of symptoms, and if they appear, to immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received,” NSW Health said.