New South Wales has posted a new record day of COVID-19 infections with another 830 cases overnight.
That eclipses yesterday’s high of 825.
The state also recorded a further three deaths, taking the total from this outbreak to 71.
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There are 557 people being treated in hospitals across the state including 94 who are in ICU.
Almost 45,000 vaccines were administered in New South Wales on Saturday.
Areas of Sydney’s west and southwest continue to be the major areas of concern.
Officials are also closely monitoring the situation in western New South Wales where 36 cases were recorded overnight, mostly in Dubbo.
There are predictions the state will hit 1000 cases a day at any moment.
New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard is remaining optimistic.
“I hope that we will not see that major escalation. The other thing I think we need to remember and I think the community will be aware of this now, these symptoms can manifest and become obvious anytime from 14 days from first exposure. We had cases where it has been 16 days,” Mr Hazzard said.
“So what we’re looking out at the moment is we see these cases is what occurred in terms of infection up to 14 or 16 days ago. So it will take us another week or two, off the back of the latest set of restrictions, to really know what we’re going to see.
“The answers are quite simple to this major dilemma that we have at the moment, and that is, stay home unless you must go out for the essential reasons but we have become very familiar with that.
“Or go out to get vaccinated. Please go and get vaccinated. We want to drive our vaccination rates up more quickly.”
More to come