NSW has recorded another spike in COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, with 124 new local cases detected in the community.
It’s the highest daily total since the state’s latest outbreak began last month, and it doesn’t look to be easing any time soon.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has admitted cases are only expected to rise over the coming days due to the number of people who have been out in the community while infectious.
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“There’s no doubt, again, that we anticipate case numbers will continue to go up before they start coming down and we need to brace ourselves for that,” the Premier said.
Of today’s new cases, 67 are linked to a known case or cluster, with the source of infection for 57 cases still under investigation.
Only 37 of today’s new cases were in isolation for their entire infectious period, with at least 70 cases out and about in the community for all or part of their infectious period.
The isolation status of 17 cases remains under investigation.
In some good news, a record 85,185 people came forward for testing in NSW in the past 24 hours, compared with the previous day’s total of 83,477.
There are currently 118 COVID-19 cases in hospital, with 28 people in intensive care, 14 of whom require ventilation.
The lockdown, which is currently in its fourth week, is due to end on July 30 but a question mark remains over that date.
There have now been 1,648 locally acquired cases recorded in NSW since the state’s latest outbreak began.