In the 24 hours leading up to 8 p.m. yesterday, New South Wales recorded 1281 new locally acquired Covid-19 infections.
There were five Covid-19 deaths in the reporting period.
There were 1071 cases in hospital, with 177 people in intensive care, 67 receiving ventilation.
Of today’s cases, 44 were detected in the Western NSW local health district with a majority of those in Dubbo and Burke.
Another case was also recorded in the mostly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander town of Wilcannia, where there are almost 100 infections.
A man in his 90s from southeast Sydney died at St George Hospital after contracting his infection at St George Aged Care Facility in Bexley, where he was a resident.
Chief health officer Kerry Chant said he had two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine but had “significant underlying conditions”. The other four deaths were aged between their 50s and 80s.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian released modelling which showed the state was likely to reach a peak in Covid-19 cases “in the next week or so”.
“If too many of us do the wrong thing, there are too many super sporting events, we could see those numbers [change],” she said.
Within the local government areas of concern, NSW Health is expecting it will record cases of 1100 to 2000 a day until mid-September.
It is estimated that between 2200 to 3900 people will require hospitalisation.
Berejiklian said that meant the likely peak in intensive care beds required would be early or mid October.
“That is what the best modelling tells us at this stage but I do want to qualify that by saying that a number of variables are associated with that modelling,” she said.