Sydney, 29 July 2021 (dpa/MIA) — The Australian state of New South Wales reported the highest number of daily coronavirus infections on Thursday, just a day after the lockdown in the state capital Sydney was extended to Aug. 28.
New South Wales (NSW) state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said 239 new locally transmitted cases were recorded in 24 hours to Wednesday evening from almost 111,000 tests.
Just 81 cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period, NSW health authorities said, and at least 66 cases were infectious in the community.
“Based on those numbers we can only assume that things are likely to get worse before they get better given the quantum of people infectious in the community,” Berejiklian said in her daily Covid-19 briefing.
NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant also confirmed two more Covid-19-related deaths, bringing the total of deaths since a cluster emerged in the Bondi Junction area in Sydney’s eastern suburbs in mid-June to 13.
The state premier had extended the lockdown applying to Sydney and its surrounding areas by four weeks until to the end of August just a day earlier.
Australia virtually eliminated Covid-19 last year thanks to extremely strict rules but is now being hampered by the slow roll-out of vaccines across the country.
The vaccine campaign has been hindered by low supply of the Pfizer vaccine and conflicting advice about who should receive the AstraZeneca jab.
New South Wales, which has recorded 8,342 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, has administered around 3.6 million vaccine doses so far.
In the country of 25 million, around 33,400 cases have been confirmed nationwide, and over 920 people have died in connection with Covid-19.