The COVID crisis in New South Wales has worsened with 390 new cases recorded overnight and a further two deaths with the Premier warning the numbers are expected to remain high for the next few days
At least 60 of today’s new cases were infectious in the community with many more still under investigation.
A woman in her 40s died in her home in southwest Sydney with officials confirming she was not vaccinated.
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A vaccinated man in his late 90s who was in palliative care in the Hunter-New England region also died.
“I anticipate, given the large number of cases we have had in the last few days, but unfortunately this trend will continue for at least the next few days. It means all of us have to work harder to make sure we start and follow the rules,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
Sydney’s west and southwest remain the biggest concern for authorities with Canterbury-Bankstown continuing to record the highest number of cases.
However, officials have also highlighted concerns about the growing number of cases in Blacktown and Mt Druitt.
Concerns are also growing in Dubbo where 25 new cases were recorded overnight.
There were five new cases in the Hunter region, but none in Tamworth, Armidale or the Northern Rivers.
Officials have also issued a warning to young people across the state with people aged 20 to 29 accounting for the most cases in the last fortnight.
“I want to encourage young adults in our community to please take the stay at home orders in the Greater Sydney area seriously, as seriously as you possibly can,” NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer Maryanne Gale said.
“Please follow the advice, please get tested, please get vaccinated.”
There are currently 391 people being treated in hospitals across New South Wales.
Of those, 63 are in ICU with 30 being ventilated.
The Premier says the state is on track to reach its target of 6 million vaccines by the end of August.
“So far we are doing very well, I think we’re up to 4.7 million 4.8 million by the end of today, in terms of jabs. Hopefully, we will get to 5 million in early next week and then sprinted towards 6 million by the end of August.
“So on current projections, conservatively, New South Wales will get to 70 per cent double doses by the end of October and by mid-November, we hope to get 80 per cent double doses.”
Police issued 404 infringement notices in the last 24 hours.
The 19-year-old son of a Sydney man who travelled to Byron Bay before testing positive has now also been charged.
Two women aged 20 and 21 have also been charged with breaching public health orders after allegedly taking the virus to the Newcastle area.