NSW COVID cases: What time is the Gladys Berejiklian coronavirus update press conference today?
NSW is bracing for at least 100 new locally acquired coronavirus cases to be recorded on Monday after Premier Gladys Berejiklian issued the grim prediction as the state recorded its first COVID-19 death of 2021.
A 90-year-old southwest Sydney woman died on Saturday, hours after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Chief Health Office Kerry Chant are expected to hold a press conference at 11am AEST on Monday. Click here watch the press conference LIVE.
She was a close contact of a locally acquired case and was believed to be unvaccinated.
Her death is the first since the Bondi cluster emerged on June 16, and the first connected to COVID-19 in NSW since a man died in December.
NSW on Sunday recorded its highest daily total of infections in the current outbreak, with 77 new local COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday.
Of the 77 new cases, only 32 were in isolation for all of their infectious period.
The premier expects this toll will be beaten on Monday when health authorities report infection numbers for the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday.
“I’ll be shocked if it’s less than 100,” Berejiklian told reporters on Sunday.
It was “highly unlikely” lockdown provisions in Greater Sydney and surrounds will be lifted as scheduled on Friday, which will mark the end of a third week of stay at home orders.
There are 15 COVID-19 patients in NSW in intensive care, with five on ventilators.
Federal Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said one of the six SummitCare Baulkham Hills aged care residents who caught COVID-19 from an infected staff member was “seriously unwell” in hospital.
That person was the only infected resident who was unvaccinated.
The list of venues exposed to COVID-19 has ballooned overnight after New South Wales recorded its highest daily increase in new cases in the current outbreak.
Click here to see the latest updates to the NSW COVID-19 hotspots.
Meanwhile, a “graphic” COVID-19 advertisement began airing on Sydney television screens on Sunday night to highlight the seriousness of the disease.
In the Commonwealth-funded TV ad, a young woman in a hospital bed gasps for air with the message: “COVID-19 can affect anyone. Stay home. Get tested. Book your vaccination.”
“It is quite graphic and it is meant to be graphic – it is meant to really push that message home,” Prof Kelly said in Canberra.