Regional NSW lockdown extended as state records 681 new cases

The COVID-19 crisis in NSW is continuing to escalate, with the state recording another grim record today.

In the past 24 hours, 681 new coronavirus cases have been detected in the community, along with one further death involving a man aged in his 80s.

It brings the total number of people who have died from the virus during the state’s latest outbreak to 61.


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Of today’s new locally acquired cases, 170 are linked to a known case or cluster, while the source of the remaining 511 infections remains under investigation.

Concerningly, at least 87 cases were out in the community for all or part of their infectious periods, with authorities still working to determine the isolation status of 459 cases.

Due to ongoing concerns about community transmission, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has confirmed that the one-week lockdown currently in place for regional NSW will be extended until at least midnight on August 28.

It means the Tweed and the rest of regional New South Wales will remain under stay-at-home orders beyond Saturday, to coincide with Greater Sydney’s lockdown.

“Given the outbreak in western New South Wales and a few cases elsewhere throughout the regions, the lockdown in regional New South Wales will align with the rest of New South Wales until at least August 28,” the Premier said.

“There are vast areas of regional New South Wales where there are not any cases, but everybody would appreciate and expect us to take a precautionary response, given we have the opportunity to get down to zero cases in the regions.

“That is what we want to achieve, and therefore we take that precaution and response. 

“Everyone must stay at home unless they have a reasonable excuse to leave. They also cannot have visitors in their home from outside their household, including family and friends.”

It comes as the Premier today admitted the next few months would be extremely difficult for the state.

“What we want to be very clear about is that September and October will be difficult to New South Wales… We’ve never shied away from that in recent weeks,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“It will be difficult for NSW, but better than what we are experiencing today, because more people will be vaccinated.

“And once we get to 80% double doses, obviously the community will be much more protected, there will be many more people vaccinated.

“So it is really important for us now, while we are in lockdown, to really think about who is vulnerable in our community, who hasn’t had vaccination yet.

“Let’s consider supporting them getting vaccinated, so that when things get easier for us, people are not left vulnerable because they don’t have the protection of the vaccine.”

In the past 24 hours, a record 42,301 COVID-19 vaccines were administered across the state.

More than 119,310 people also came forward for testing, up on the previous day’s total of 102,749.