Local coronavirus cases have again exploded in New South Wales overnight, with 239 new infections recorded over 24 hours.
It’s the largest daily increase in cases for this latest outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant, but also for the entire coronavirus pandemic.
That includes the start of the outbreak in March last year, where Sydney was dealing with the Ruby Princess Cruise Ship debacle.
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Of the new cases, at least 88 of them were infectious while out and about in the community.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian says that the numbers will continue to worsen.
“Based on those numbers, we can only assume those numbers are likely to get worse before they get better based on the quantum of people out and about in the community,” Ms Berejiklian said.
It’s forced the Premier to introduce slightly stricter rules again for the 8 main local government areas, with people within those areas now only allowed to travel within a five kilometre radius.
Everyone is now also required to wear a mask as soon as they step outside of their residence immediately.
Fines for not wearing masks are being increased from $200 to $500.
Two more people have died from coronavirus overnight, a woman in her 90s and a man in his 80s.
It brings the death toll from the latest outbreak to 13, and the total death toll from coronavirus to 67.
There are now 182 cases receiving treatment in hospital, with 54 people in intensive care and 22 people on ventilators.
More to come.