Record daily case numbers in NSW as Premier aims for 5 million vaccine doses by the end of this week

Record daily case numbers in NSW as Premier aims for 5 million vaccine doses by the end of this week

NSW Health reported 356 cases of community transmission of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, representing the state's highest daily increase since the pandemic began.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian reported there were four deaths from the virus, one of which was a returned traveller from overseas and not related to the current outbreak.

There have been no additional cases in Tamworth or Armidale, while another potential case is under investigation in the state's north but not in connection to the individual who tested positive in Byron Bay.

"We had a gentleman and two of his children test positive, and there were a number of exposure sites. We have had no further cases linked to that exposure site," Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said.

"We have had additional cases in relation to Newcastle, and there are a number of exposure venues that have been placed on the website for Newcastle.

"I do just want to also mention that we have had a confirmed case at the St George Aged Care Centre in Bexley...the staff member worked one shift whilst infectious on one level at the facility where four out of eight residents have tested positive, and all eight of the residents were vaccinated and the staff member had received their first dose of vaccination."

The Premier said getting vaccinated was key for NSW residents getting back to normal life, and hoped she would see vaccination rates continue to rise.

"I assume that by today we're at 4.5 million already, and I'd like to see us get to five million by the end of next week, and then we look forward to having the sprint towards six million by the end of August," she said.

Elsewhere in the country, there were 20 new locally acquired cases reported in Victoria and three new cases of community transmission in Queensland.

Updated at 11:51am AEST on 10 August 2021.

 

 

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