NSW reports 919 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases

NSW reports 919 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 case numbers in New South Wales have hit a new daily record today, with the state reporting 919 new locally acquired cases in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of the new cases, 178 are linked to a known case or cluster while the remaining 741 are under investigation.

106 were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 18 were in isolation for part of their infectious period. 37 cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 758 cases remains under investigation.

This takes active case numbers in NSW to around 12,000.

Health authorities today reported the deaths of two people who had COVID-19 - a woman in her 30s who died in her Western Sydney home and a man in his 80s who acquired his infection at the Greenwood Aged Care facility in Normanhurst.

This brings the state’s number of COVID-related deaths to 76 since 16 June 2021, and the number of lives lost due to the virus in NSW to 132 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The state’s vaccine rollout has been progressing well, with more than 45,000 vaccines administrated in the 24 hours to 8pm last night by NSW Health. The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 6,143,824.

NSW Health's ongoing sewage surveillance program has recently detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at the sewage treatment plants in Bateau Bay, Toukley and Merimbula, which serve around 39,000, 29,000 and 15,500 people respectively.

Meanwhile Victoria today reported 45 local cases. 36 are linked to current outbreaks and 17 have been in quarantine throughout their infectious period.

The ACT has confirmed its lockdown will still last until at least 2 September after nine new cases were reported today, of which all but one are linked to current cases or clusters.

Of the cases in the Territory, 48 per cent are aged 18 to 44, and 38 per cent are aged zero to 18.

Updated at 11.31am AEST on 25 August 2021.

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