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.
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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.
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.
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.