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
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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.
The Premier said if everyone simply followed the rules, the virus would not be spreading at the rate it is.
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.
More than 39,733 people in NSW came forward for testing in the past 24 hours, compared to 45,000 the previous day.