New South Wales has recorded 478 new cases of COVID-19 and seven further deaths in the state’s worst day of the pandemic.
At least 91 of the new cases were infectious in the community for some or all of their infectious period which officials have described as “disturbing.”
The latest deaths include a man in his 40s, a man in his 70s, a woman in her 70s, a woman in her 80s and three men in their 80s.
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Officials have also confirmed the death of a COVID-positive 15-year-old boy who died in the Sydney Children’s Hospital after being treated for pneumococcal meningitis.
Sydney’s west and southwest remain the areas of most concern with escalating cases in Merrylands, Guildford, Granville, Blacktown, Mt Druitt, Yagoona, Greenacre and Bankstown.
Western New South Wales is also a major concern with 35 more cases recorded in Dubbo and Walgett.
Case numbers have stabilised across the HUnter-New England region where they had 16 new infections, however, all were close contacts.
There were no new cases recorded in Tamworth, Armidale or the North Coast.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian is pleading with people to do their bit to help bring case numbers down.
“I can’t stress enough how hard all of us have to work to reduce these numbers, to reduce the growth of the spread and make sure we are all staying home unless we absolutely have to otherwise,” the Premier said.
“We will see the numbers come down when people stay home and when people don’t move about unless they absolutely have to.
“Until we see that, we won’t see the case numbers go down. Unfortunately, it only takes, as we said, a handful of people to do the wrong thing.”
Police have issued almost 500 fines for various COVID breaches in the last 24 hours including 120 for not wearing a mask.
More to come