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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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