Premier Gladys Berejiklian provides an update on COVID-19 in Sydney. Picture: NCA NewsWire/ Gaye GerardSource:News Corp Australia
An elderly woman has died and New South Wales has recorded 105 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19.
A woman in her 90s from southeast Sydney died on Saturday with NSW Health “extending its sincere sympathies to her family.”
Of the locally acquired cases, 66 were linked to a known case or cluster – 55 are household contacts and 11 are close contacts – while the source of infection for a whopping 39 cases remains under investigation.
Concerningly, Premier Gladys Berejiklian revealed 27 of the new cases were active in the community while infectious.
There were 69 cases in isolation throughout their infectious period and seven cases in isolation for part of their infectious period.
The numbers come as greater Sydney and NSW experiences the toughest restrictions of the entire pandemic.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged people to restrict their movements. Picture: NCA NewsWire/ Gaye GerardSource:News Corp Australia
Health workers dressed in Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) conduct COVID-19 tests at the new 24/7 Fairfield West Laverty Pathology Pop-up Drive-through clinic, in Sydney. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Bianca De MarchiSource:News Corp Australia
“We know these are difficult times but we also know that when we come together we can achieve what we need to achieve,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“We are throwing everything at this. We want to come out of this lockdown as soon as possible. We want to make sure that we allow families and businesses in particular to bounce back as soon as we can and that is why we are throwing everything at it in the next two weeks.”
Of the 105 cases reported, 76 were from southwest Sydney, 12 were from western Sydney, nine were from southeast Sydney , five were from inner Sydney, two were from Nepean Blue Mountains and one was from Northern Sydney LHD.
There are currently 76 Covid cases in hospital with 18 people in intensive care, seven of whom require ventilation.
“Can I stress this, we are seeing cases from across metropolitan Sydney,” NSW chief health officer Dr Chant said.
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“So every time you leave your house it is critical that you assume you are coming into contact with Covid.
“So can I ask everybody to reflect on their movements in the next fortnight and make sure that you do not come in contact with anyone outside your household group.
“Obviously you need to do those essential things like shopping.”
Originally published as27 infectious cases active in community