NSW records 580 new cases as officials play down new Delta fears

New South Wales has recorded 580 new COVID cases overnight as health officials continue investigations into a new strain of the Delta variant.

The state also recorded 11 further deaths – three women and eight men.

One person was in their 50’s, one was in their 60’s, four people were in their 70’s, two were in their 80’s, and three were in their 90’s.


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There are currently 821 people being treated for COVID in hospital with 163 of those in ICU.

New South Wales Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says they are still looking into a new strain of the Delta variant picked up in a case in Sydney.

A person who returned from overseas last month was found to have a different strain to the one that has been circulating in the community.

But Dr Chant is playing down concerns the state is facing a whole new threat.

“We’ve linked that back to a person who returned from overseas but the exact mechanism of how that strain emerged and got into the community in western Sydney is still under investigation,” Dr Chant said.

“But I want to reassure you that there’s nothing about this Delta strain from looking at the genomics that suggested it’s any more transmissible, any more… going to cause illness or any other issues, additional to the current Delta strain. So in essence, it is another Delta strain circulating in the community.”

New South Wales is expected to pass 90 per cent first dose vaccinations on Saturday.

The state is on track to become one of the most vaccinated jurisdictions in the entire world.

Read more: NSW approaches another vaccine milestone