New South Wales has recorded 110 new community cases of COVID-19 with the Premier warning they need to quash this outbreak before residents can enjoy freedom again.
Worryingly for health officials, 43 of those positive cases were in the community while infectious.
Almost 84,000 tests were carried out in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday, a record day for the state.
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“This is a great result and one we need to keep up during the next few weeks to make sure we capture all the cases out in the community,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
The Premier said today’s high case numbers reflect the increased testing.
The current outbreak has now grown to 1528 cases.
There are currently 106 people being treated in hospital with 23 in intensive care and 11 on ventilators.
The Premier says the number of people in the community while infectious is still too high.
“Those 43 people haven’t necessarily done the wrong thing but what it does show is how infectious and contagious the virus is so it means that every time you have contact with another human being you risk either getting the virus or passing the virus on.”
It comes as parts of the New South Wales Central West were forced into lockdown overnight after positive cases were recorded in the region.
The Premier has issued a stark warning that because of low vaccination rates, the state needs to quash the current outbreak before life can return to normal.
“We have done well to stem the growth that other countries around the world have seen with the Delta strain. We’ve stopped the thousands and thousands of cases around the world that other countries have had.
“Our vaccination rates are so low and yet we’ve done really well in stemming the growth of the virus. What we need to do now is quash it, because with the vaccination rates the way they are, we won’t be able to live freely and safely unless we’re able to quash this current outbreak.”
Ms Berejiklian says they won’t know until the weekend or early next week what effect the harsher lockdown is having.