Deadliest day as NSW records 15 deaths, 863 new cases

NSW has recorded 863 new locally-acquired COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

Sadly, a further 15 people with the virus have also passed away, marking the state’s deadliest day.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard confirmed two of today’s new cases were detected in northern NSW, including a Queensland truck driver.


“To 8:00pm last night we had two new cases, one was in the Kyogle area and one in Byron Bay,” Mr Hazzard said.

“Both people were infectious in the community and that emphasises the reason why you have to get tested.”

The truck driver tested positive in Tweed Heads and has been out and about in a number of locations, leaving a trail of exposure sites from the Tweed to Sydney.

“He has been in Tweed Heads, Byron Bay, Ballina, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Port Macquarie, Taree, Newcastle, Erina and Sydney,” Mr Hazzard said.

“In Sydney, he has been in a few places… Narrabeen, Manly, Freshwater and Brookvale.

“People need to be on high alert in those areas,” Mr Hazzard stressed.

“That gentleman is now in our special health accommodation.”

Despite the new cases, the Tweed and Byron Bay have escaped being forced back into lockdown for now after only emerging from stay-at-home orders overnight.

In some encouraging news, New South Wales has now hit the 86.2% mark for first dose vaccinations, while 61.7% of residents are now fully vaccinated.

“We are inching closer to that 70% double dose figure,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

More to come.