NSW extends lockdown to regions after recording 5 deaths, 262 cases

More parts of New South Wales is going into lockdown tonight, as the state records it’s worst day of coronavirus stats yet.

262 new local infections were recorded over the 24 hours to 8.00 pm last night, along with five further deaths.

It is the highest number of new infections ever in NSW, and the equal highest daily death total.


The NSW Premier has confirmed that the federal government is sending an extra 180,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine over the next fortnight, which will be given to the regional supply which was taken for the eight local government areas in Sydney of concern.

Gladys Berejiklian is pleading with everyone to get vaccinated, no matter which formula they’re offered.

We know from the stats and the facts that getting the vaccines reduces your chance of being contagious but also it saves you staying out of hospital and it saves you passing it on to all your loved ones and we know how critical that is.

“I’m urging everyone to come forward and get vaccinated.

“It doesn’t matter which vaccine you’re offered.

“If you have any concerns, go through your GP. But get vaccinated. I can’t stress that enough,” she said in this morning’s press conference. 

Meantime, there have been some concerns around the area of Newcastle, which has prompted authorities to act quickly in locking down the region.

From 5.00 pm tonight, the areas of Hunter and upper Hunter region including Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Dungog, Singleton and Muswellbrook will be under strict lockdown conditions for at least the next week.

It’s understood around five positive cases have popped up there and were able to transmit due to a gathering on the beach, that someone from Greater Sydney may have attended.

Authorities are scrambling to contact trace throughout the region, whilst those in other regions, including the far north coast, are being reminded to stay vigilant.

“Ware very concerned,” Doctor Kerry Chant said.

“And that’s why no-one can be complacent.

“And I’m asking, you know, whilst we have allowed rural New South Wales to continue a range of activities which are not available to people in Sydney, we need to make sure that you are still vigilant about signs and symptoms, getting tested.

“You cannot be complacent. The risk is everywhere and as you’re aware, Queensland is also experiencing a different Delta outbreak so we’re conscious of risks in the northern part, because we are all connected and it is impossible to absolutely prevent any movement,” Doctor Chant said.

Of the five new deaths recorded overnight, four of which were not vaccinated and one had only received one dose.

The death toll from the current Delta outbreak is now at 22.