NSW registers 77 new Covid-19 cases, one of which is fatal.

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In the 24 hours to 8 p.m. yesterday (local time), New South Wales (NSW) registered 77 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases, including one fatality.

The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are reflected in the window of a closed restaurant at Milson’s Point during the city’s lockdown. Photographer: Anadolu Agency/AFP

Thirty-three patients were infectious and were out and about in the neighbourhood.

According to NSW Health, a woman in her 90s from south west Sydney died yesterday at Liverpool Hospital.

It’s the first Covid fatality in New South Wales since December 2020.

She was a close contact of a locally acquired case and was tested for Covid-19 on Friday, with a positive result returned early yesterday morning.

“Regrettably, that person did acquire it within the household, within the home setting. I can’t stress enough that every time we risk breaking the rules or even just going about our business and not getting tested when we need to, the people whose lives and health that we’re risking the most are those closest to us,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

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Chief health officer Kerry Chant said she believed the woman was not vaccinated.

The premier said she expected a marked increase in the numbers in the next 24 hours.

“I’m anticipating the numbers in New South Wales will be greater than 100 tomorrow. Now, that’s what I’m anticipating.

“And I’ll be shocked if it’s less than 100 this time tomorrow, of additional new cases.”

Health workers conduct Covid-19 tests at the St. Vincent’s Hospital drive-through testing clinic at Bondi Beach in Sydney 27 June, 2021.

Health workers conduct Covid-19 tests at the St. Vincent’s Hospital drive-through testing clinic at Bondi Beach in Sydney. Photo: AFP / Steven Saphore

Berejikian again implored the community to follow the rules. She also highlighted a new risk from essential workers, such as tradies, who visited multiple sites.

“Unfortunately, we’ve seen a number of cases in people doing essential work at multiple sites and then spreading the disease through work explosion and then those colleagues going home and spreading it to their loved ones.”

She singled out essential workers who worked in multiple sites, from electricians to aged care workers, and advised anyone with symptoms to get tested and stay home.

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“You’re particularly vulnerable in getting and spreading the disease and we recommend everybody in that category to be tested and be negative before you go to work.”

Deputy Commissioner Gary Warboys said 106 infringement notices were issued in the last 24 hours.

Police attended a small unit at Marrickville where they found 15 men playing cards.

“These men were in their 50s, through to just short of 90 years of age, no masks, no social distancing, clearly in an environment that was a huge risk to them, their families and their community,” Warboys said.

Police were also summoned to a house near Sydney Olympic Park for an 18-year-birthday old’s celebration. The gathering had a total of ten attendees.

55 additional locally acquired cases were connected to a known case or cluster – 39 household connections and 16 close contacts – while the source of infection for 22 patients was still being investigated.

Chant repeated the premier’s advice to stay at home.

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“Please stay at home and that means staying within the one household. Do not leave that household setting and do not interact with other family members.”

Currently, 52 Covid-19 cases are in hospital, with 15 people in intensive care, five of whom require ventilation.

More than 48,000 tests were taken during the reporting period.

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