NSW reports 97 new cases, with 29 infectious in the community

NSW reports 97 new cases, with 29 infectious in the community

New South Wales has announced 97 new COVID-19 cases of community transmission, including 29 who were in infectious for all of the time they were in the community.

Approximately three quarters of all active cases are coming from the Fairfield local government area (LGA), where greater concern of COVID-19 transmission is ongoing.

In terms of new cases, two-thirds are in Southwestern Sydney, while numbers are still high in Southeastern and Western Sydney at 14 and 9 respectively. 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has thanked the community for their swift action after a large turnout of people going to get tested.

"Yesterday we saw 77,500 tests which is outstanding, many of those from Southwest Sydney so thank you to community members there."

The Premier is also urging people to get tested if they know of anyone in their extended circle who has the virus, as authorities are seeing asymptomatic cases. 

In total, 75 COVID-19 patients are currently in hospital. Of those, 11 are aged under 35 and 18 people remain in ICU. Five are on ventilators. 

Updated at 11:44am AEST on 16 July 2021.

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