NSW records 262 local Covid-19 cases, 5 deaths overnight

NSW has reported 262 new local cases today, the highest local case number ever recorded in the state in a 24 hour period.

Of these locally acquired cases, 129 linked to a known case or cluster – 96 household contacts and 33 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 133 cases is under investigation.

Five people have died in the last 24 hours. Three people in their 60s, one person in their 70s and one person in their 80s.

Four of the five people who passed away had not been vaccinated. One person had received one dose.

Six new cases were acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Six previously reported cases were excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 9,866.

One hundred and ten cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 29 were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Forty-three cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 80 cases remains under investigation.

There have been 4,319 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this recent outbreak was reported.

There are currently 290 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 51 people in intensive care, 24 of whom require ventilation.

There were 106,954 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 105,578.