New South Wales has recorded 262 new COVID-19 cases, a day after Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned numbers “will get worse”.
The state recorded the infections in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday from more than 107,000 tests – up from 233 cases the day before.
Five further deaths were also recorded in the 24 hour period – three people in their 60s, one in their 70s and one in their 80s.
“We extend our deepest condolences to all of their loved ones at the tragic loss. It’s horrible that, during this time, families are losing their loved ones,” Berejiklian said.
She said four of the five people were not vaccinated at all, and one had received one dose of AstraZeneca.
“No-one who has died has had both doses of the vaccine. I cannot stress enough how it’s so important for everybody of all ages to come forward and get the vaccine,” she said.
On Wednesday it was revealed a 27-year-old man was one of two people to succumb to the virus in the 24 hour period.
Newlywed Aude Alaskar, who was unvaccinated, died suddenly while isolating in his southwest Sydney home on Tuesday. He is now among the youngest victims of the pandemic in Australia since it began in 2020.
Thursday night will be the 41st in lockdown for Greater Sydney and surrounding regions.
Following new cases and high virus detections in the Hunter and Upper Hunter region, the area will enter a one-week lockdown from 5pm on Thursday.
More to come.