Community transmission continues to run rampant in New South Wales, with another 172 cases diagnosed overnight.
It’s one of the highest daily infection rates since early April and March last year, when Sydney was dealing with the Ruby Princess cruise ship debacle.
At least 60 of those were out in the community during their infectious period, while around 87 of the infections are still under investigation.
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Over 82,000 tests were conducted over the 24 hours to 8.00 pm.
Authorities are now reporting that the virus is spreading more throughout the whole of Western Sydney, rather than just within the South-Western Sydney region.
It’s prompted the Premier Gladys Berejiklian to again plead with the community to stay home at all costs.
Two more deaths were recorded over the last reporting period, but they were confirmed last night.
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It means there has now been 10 covid deaths as a result of this latest delta outbreak, but the NSW total death toll since the start of the pandemic is now at 66.
NSW recorded 172 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Of these locally acquired cases, 85 are linked to a known case or cluster – 66 are household contacts and 19 are close contacts – the source of infection for 87 cases is under investigation pic.twitter.com/yS2PLDxXKw
— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) July 27, 2021
Meantime, the Premier says that authorities will have more to say about the future of the lockdown conditions tomorrow.
It’s understood that more people will be allowed to return to work from July 31.
However, it’s all still up in the air as daily infections, and the number of people in the community while infectious, continue to climb.