The COVID-19 outbreak in NSW appears to be showing no signs of easing anytime soon, with 105 new locally acquired cases recorded in the past 24 hours.
Sadly, the state has also recorded its second death in 24 hours, with a woman in her 90s from south-eastern Sydney passing away yesterday.
Of today’s new cases, 66 are linked to a known case or cluster, with the source of infection for 39 others still under investigation.
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It’s believed 27 cases were out and about in the community while infectious, despite the state’s lockdown.
“That’s the number that worries us the most,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters on Sunday.
She warned that it’s likely the state won’t see the effect of its harsher lockdown restrictions for at least the next five or six days.
“We don’t expect to see that number shift massively for the next few days but we still want the community to be more vigilant than ever before,” The Premier said.
Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys also confirmed that the three removalists who allegedly travelled from Sydney through regional NSW while knowingly infectious have been issued with court attendance notices.
“What I would also highlight this morning as people are well aware of three removalists that travelled from down in the Illawarra up to Molong in the Central West,” he said.
“Those three gentlemen have been issued court attendance notices. What I want to highlight is the maximum penalty that the court can impose is $11,000 and or six months in jail.
Deputy Commissioner Worboys said police found the behaviour of the men to be “particularly disturbing”.
“Despite the best health advice, they continued on their journey,” he said.
“They left their home in Greater Sydney and put significant risk on the people in regional New South Wales.
“When I talk to people and look at various posts on social media, there is a strong sense that country people simply will not tolerate this sort of behaviour and they feel it puts them at great risk.”
There have now been 1,242 locally acquired cases in NSW since the latest outbreak began.
There are currently 76 COVID-19 cases in hospital, with 18 people in intensive care, seven of whom require ventilation.
In the past 24 hours, more than 66,671 people have come forward for testing, compared with the previous day’s record daily high of 81,970.