BREAKING: NSW records huge spike in local COVID-19 cases

The COVID-19 crisis in NSW doesn’t appear to be showing any signs of easing, with the state recording it’s biggest daily increase in cases since the latest outbreak began.

In the past 24 hours, 38 people in the community have tested positive.

Of those, 26 are linked to a known case or cluster, with the source of infection for 12 cases still under investigation


Concerningly, only 17 of today’s new cases were in isolation during their entire infectious period.

Nine cases were in isolation for part of their infectious period, while eleven cases were out and about in the community while infectious.

Of the new cases, one is an aged care worker from the SummitCare Baulkham Hills aged care facility who had received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

It takes the total number of cases associated with the aged care facility to 11, including six residents and five aged care workers.

Fortunately, NSW Health said that when the worker was identified as a close contact, they went into isolation immediately which has prevented further exposure for residents at the facility.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said residents still don’t seem to be getting the message.

“I want to say in the most, strongest possible terms, please, please avoid contact with other households,” the Premier said.

“Please avoid visiting family and friends because you are not allowed to.

“When we talk about providing care or compassion, we are talking about one person visiting someone who might be isolated, dropping off essential services or goods. We are not talking about visiting extended family members, we’re not talking visiting friends.

“Data over the last few days shows this is how the virus is spreading. The saddest message out of all of that is that people with the virus are passing it on to those they love the most.”

The Premier said if everyone simply followed the rules, the virus would not be spreading at the rate it is.

“What is important is all the experts have said if every single person does the right thing, then we can get to where we need to go at the end of the 3-week period,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“That is a big ask because we know that unfortunately, unintentionally at times, people don’t do the right thing, so it’s really important for all of us to have equal responsibility, it doesn’t matter where we live, greater Sydney or in the regions.

“It doesn’t matter what our circumstances are, each and every one us has a role to play, often it might mean explaining to friends and family members what they can and cannot do if they try and interact with you.

“It’s really important for all of us to stay the course and follow the health advice to give us the best chance of getting out of this lockdown in a timely way.”

At this stage, the Greater Sydney lockdown has been extended until Friday, July 16, however there’s fears that may now be extended even further due to the rapid rise in cases.

“We’re still aiming for that, don’t get me wrong, but also know that that is dependent on all of us doing the right thing,” the Premier said.

“There is no date, that is our aim… Experts have told us it is achievable. If it was not achievable we would not have provided those details to the community.

“That’s assuming everybody does the right thing and we work together to make sure we stop the spread”.

More than 39,733 people in NSW came forward for testing in the past 24 hours, compared to 45,000 the previous day.