New South Wales reports 97 new cases of COVID-19 after Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned of spike
New South Wales has reported nearly 100 new local cases of COVID-19, with a worrying number of them active in the community while infectious.
There were 97 new infections detected in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday.
Of those, 29 were infectious in the community while a further 17 were in the community for a part of their infectious period.
Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant, who on Thursday foreshadowed cases would rise on Friday, said this number needs to be driven down.
“Clearly, the fact 29 cases were infectious for two or more days in the community is incredibly concerning,” she told reporters on Friday.
“I can’t stress to the community my absolute concern that we need to work harder at reducing mobility and reduce our interactions with others if we want to bring the situation under control.”
The new cases brings the total number of infections in the current outbreak to more than 1026.
The first was reported in a limo driver in Bondi on June 16.
There are currently 75 cases admitted to hospital, 18 of which are in intensive care.
Five of those require ventilation.
Eleven of the hospitalised cases are under the age of 35.
Friday also marks three weeks since the lockdown on four local government areas was announced. A day later, it was expanded to all of Greater Sydney.