NSW records 163 local cases as authorities plead for more Pfizer doses

The situation in Sydney is going from bad to worse, with another 163 local cases diagnosed overnight.

45 of those cases are known to have been infectious in the community, while the source of 76 other infections is under investigation.

A record 93,910 people came forward for testing.


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The state has recorded its sixth death from this outbreak yesterday, with a man in his 80s sadly passing away yesterday.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard announced the numbers this morning, confirming it’s not looking good.

Now, that takes us up from the previous day, which was 136 cases, and, of course, it was only a few days ago that we were in the 70s.

“So what it is telling us is we have a continuing and growing problem, particularly in south-west and western Sydney.

“Of these locally acquired cases, 87 are linked to a known case or cluster – 62 are household contacts and 25 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 76 cases is under investigation.

“45 cases were infectious in the community,” Minister Hazard said.

There are a number of areas of concern where authorities are calling for people to be particularly cautious for monitoring and testing.

On the north coast, that includes Byron Bay and Coffs Harbour.

It comes as New South Wales tries desperately to secure more doses of the Pfizer formula to try and vaccinate as many people as possible.

It’s understood the federal government has committed to allocated thousands of more doses from the national stockpile, but the exact number is not known.

While New South Wales authorities have pleaded with other states to consider redirecting some of their supplies, but so far, no states have accepted.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard says it’s incredibly disappointing.

Last year when Victoria was in trouble and, from this end, we were thankfully not suffering the same problems that our Victorian colleagues and friends were suffering, I personally said goodbye to a number of health staff who went down to Victoria and put their lives at risk – put their lives on the line.

“I personally, as Health Minister, here stood proudly with them in this very building and welcomed many of them back, and what they told me was that they really did feel that they had risked their lives in going down there, but that was what they were prepared to do to support our friends in Victoria, our fellow Australians in Victoria.

“I just want to emphasise that from my point of view it is with disappointment that I heard some of the responses from leaders from other states.

“I can’t quite see the difference between beating backfires and beating back and addressing the problems of floods, and beating back this COVID virus that could actually, if it gets worse here in New South Wales, could actually create massive problems for the whole country,” Minister Hazzard said. 

So if we can get the Pfizer that we need to get it out, we will do everything we can.

“We will work with our chemists, we will work with our GPs, work with everybody to get it into people’s arms. We just need to get it in order to get it out.

“At the moment it is like fighting a war with both arms behind your back,” Minister Hazzard said.