New South Wales’ COVID-19 death toll rises

The death toll from COVID-19 in New South Wales has risen to 55.

A man in his 70s died in Royal North Shore Hospital on Saturday.

“He got the disease from one of the CBD clusters recently and unfortunately succumbed to the disease and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said. 


New South Wales recorded just two new cases overnight.

One is a returned overseas traveller in hotel quarantine.

The other is a Sydney taxi driver who has sparked a major public health alert, amid fears he could have become a super spreader.

The man picked up passengers over several days while infected, and also visited a number of clubs in Sydney’s south west and on the New South Wales south coast.

Read more: Sydney cab driver tests positive for virus

Premier Berejiklian has urged people to continue to come forward for testing.

We need to be vigilant. It’s a lethal, very contagious disease, but more importantly, we can’t let down the testing rates.

“It’s really important to keep those testing rates high. The reason why New South Wales has continued to be able to fight against the virus in such a strong way is because of the high testing rates and we do see a dip on weekends.”