Covid-19: In a new outbreak record, NSW records 136 cases.

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Health workers conduct Covid-19 tests at the St. VincentÂ’s Hospital drive-through testing clinic at Bondi Beach in Sydney 27 June, 2021.
In the 24 hours leading up to 8 p.m. yesterday, NSW recorded 136 new Covid-19 cases.

Since the Delta outbreak began last month, the number of daily new infections in the Australian state has reached an all-time high.

Kerry Chant, NSW’s chief health officer, declared the situation in the state, particularly in Sydney’s south-west and western suburbs, a “national emergency,” and urged the federal government to refocus the national vaccination strategy.

“I have advised the government today that this is a national emergency, and requires additional measures to reduce the case numbers,” she said.

“I am concerned.”

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the outbreak now had the potential to impact the entire nation as no border was “perfect” and the virus could “seep through”.

77 of the new cases are linked to a previously reported case or cluster – 65 are household contacts and 12 are close contacts – and the source of infection in 59 cases is still unknown.

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Fifty-three cases were infectious in the community, and another 17 spent part of their infectious period there. The isolation status of 13 cases is still being investigated.

After contracting the virus, an 89-year-old man died, making him the state’s 62nd Covid-19 fatality.

In addition, the NSW government is extending its ban on people leaving local government areas for work to Cumberland and Blacktown.

Previously, it had applied to people in Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool.

More to come…

– ABC

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