NSW records 345 new COVID cases, two deaths

New South Wales has recorded 345 new cases of COVID-19 and two further deaths, including a fully vaccinated man in his 90s.

The second death, also a man in his 90s, had had one dose of Astra Zeneca.

One of the men acquired the virus at Liverpool Hospital, taking the number of deaths linked to that outbreak to 7.


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Officials have now tightened restrictions in more areas of Sydney while the lockdown in the Hunter will be extended for at least another week.

From 5pm on Thursday, the Bayside, Strathfield and Burwood LGAs will be added to the areas of concern, further limiting the movement of residents.

No new cases were recorded in the Northern Rivers, Armidale or Tamworth, but there were five in Dubbo and one in Walgett.

There are currently 374 people in hospitals across New South Wales with 67 of those in ICU.

Around 152,000 tests were carried out in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, while 106,000 vaccines were administered yesterday.

“That is very encouraging. Can I think everybody for coming forward and pleasingly we’ve seen people in those areas of concern especially come forward for vaccinations and that is exactly what we need to see,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

Police issued 407 fines in the last 24 hours, including 76 to people who weren’t wearing a mask.

Charges were laid against 56 people for breaching public health orders.

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