NSW records 415 cases, 4 deaths as authorities call for regions to stay home

The coronavirus death toll continues to rise in New South Wales, with another four deaths overnight at 415 new infections.

A woman in her 50s, a woman in her 70s, a man in his 80s and a woman in her 80s succumbed to the virus in the last reporting period.

It’s taken the death toll from the Delta outbreak to 48, and the state’s total coronavirus death toll over 100.


At least 35 of those cases were in the community while infectious, but that number could actually be as high as 339 as authorities investigate more than 276 mystery cases.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian concedes that these numbers will likely continue until vaccination rates can get higher but the state has reached a milestone today.

On a positive note, New South Wales hit 5 million jabs. Thank you, everybody, for coming forward to get vaccinated. 

“Outstanding result but in New South Wales we have now hit 5 million jabs, and 50% of our population has received their first dose.

“So that is a very pleasing result. Thank you. If we keep that up we can look forward to hitting those vaccine milestones hopefully on the schedule that we have, but if we do really well, obviously that can happen more quickly,” Ms Berejiklian said in Sunday’s press conference.

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NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says the numbers are still too high and fears the situation will continue to worsen if people don’t do the right thing.

These case numbers are too high. We need to see these case numbers go down, and we all have a part to play,” Doctor Chant said.

“I cannot stress enough the seriousness of the current situation, and my grave concerns that these case numbers will continue to escalate.

“While we have put in additional controls, everybody needs to have a great sense of responsibility to follow the rules.

“I understand how hard it is that we have been entered this lockdown for such a prolonged period.

“But the risk we bear if we do not continue to follow the spirit and intent of all of the public health orders, please stay at home and do not leave home unless for the most essential reasons,” Doctor Chant said.

It comes as regional New South Wales begins a state-wide seven-day lockdown, in the hopes of stamping out transmission in the regions and containing the outbreak to the city.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced the lockdown late yesterday, giving the state about two hours notice.

Another 21 cases have popped up in the Dubbo area, while nine cases popped up in Maitland, two cases on the Central Coast and positive sewerage results in Lennox Heads, Bourke, Parkes and Mudgee.

Mr Barilaro maintains that if everyone follows the rules, they could emerge from the lockdown next weekend.

To everybody in regional and rural New South Wales, my message is clear. Stay home. Of course, there are reasons you can leave, for work, for medical appointments, of course for groceries.

“But the reality is that if we do the right thing over the next seven days, this lockdown in the regions will be short, sharp, and it will be effective in protecting communities going forward,” he said.

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