In the 24 hours leading up to 8 p.m. yesterday, the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) recorded 319 new locally acquired Covid-19 infections.
It is the first time the state has seen more than 300 cases in a single day.
There have been five more Covid-19 deaths in NSW.
It takes the state’s total fatalities since the start of the pandemic to 84.
Armidale local government area in NSW’s Northern Tablelands will go into a week-long lockdown from 5pm today local time.
This follows two positive Covid-19 cases identified in Armidale overnight, one of which is a close contact of a known case in the Newcastle area.
Stay-at-home orders will apply to all people in this LGA – which includes the major towns of Armidale and Guyra – and also applies to anyone who has visited these areas on or after July 31.
The orders will be in place until 12.01am Sunday, 15 August.
Of the state’s new cases, 138 were in isolation for their infectious period.
Thirty-two were in isolation for part of their infectious period and another 51 cases were infectious in the community.
NSW Health is investigating the isolation status of 98 of the new infections.
Victoria records 29 new local Covid-19 cases
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says it is “a certainty” that there are more cases out there, after the state recorded 29 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases in an outbreak of the Delta variant that has spread to a Melbourne public housing tower.
The 29 new cases are all linked to existing cases in the outbreak, but they were not isolated while infectious.
The new cases were discovered among 43,618 test results processed on Friday, marking the year’s highest single-day increase in local cases.
“My message to the Victorian community is this is very, very significant, to see this many cases,” Andrews said.
“There is a certainty that there are more cases out there, that’s why getting tested if you’ve got any symptoms at all is so, so important.”
Queensland records 13 new community cases
Queensland has recorded 13 new Covid-19 community cases, according to Deputy Premier Steven Miles.
All of the cases have been linked to the Delta outbreak, which began at Indooroopilly State High School in Brisbane’s inner west.
Twelve of the cases were not contagious in the community, and health officials are still gathering information on the thirteenth case.
The cluster now has 102 cases and the state has 144 active cases.