NSW records more than 1200 new Covid cases, six deaths

  • NSW breaks Covid-19 record again

  • 'Breakthrough infection': Some fully vaccinated patients dying

  • Premier's frustration after clinic vandalised

  • Does the NSW Premier hate the PM?

NSW has broken another record for daily coronavirus cases after confirming 1218 new infections on Sunday.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters six people also died from the virus.

"Three people in their 80s, three people in their 70s, four of them were unvaccinated and two of them had only had one dose of the vaccine," she said.

"So again, we extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of those six individuals."

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian looks on during a press conference in Sydney.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian wears a mask before conducting a press conference. Source: AAP

Sunday's total means NSW has now recorded more than 1000 cases in three of the last four days.

Three days have seen NSW not only break a state record for new cases reported throughout the pandemic but also an Australian record for new infections.

The premier said pleasingly 65 per cent of the state's adult population have now had one vaccination.

Thirty-five per cent are fully vaccinated.

"So we are halfway to that magic 70 per cent number across the state in order to have those extra freedoms," she said.

A resident rides a bike along the Sydney Harbour during the lockdown.
Sydney Harbour during lockdown on Friday. Source: Getty Images

'Breakthrough infection': Some fully vaccinated patients dying

NSW Health's Dr Jeremy McAnulty urged people to continue getting vaccinated despite a patient with two doses of vaccine dying in hospital from Covid.

"The vaccine is great, we know it is around 90 per cent if you are fully vaccinated, of protecting from severe disease, hospitalisation and death," he said.

"But it is not perfect, it is not 100 per cent. So unfortunately we do get breakthrough infections sometimes, even in people who have had two doses.

"But it is uncommon and we are seeing most people having had no vaccine, or perhaps just one. But the message is really important, vaccinating is important for you and your health, but we all need to maximise vaccination to protect the people around us."

A person registers on arrival at the Qudos Bank Arena NSW Health Vaccination Centre in Sydney, Australia.
A woman registers on arrival at the Qudos Bank Arena NSW Health Vaccination Centre. Source: Getty Images

Premier's frustration after clinic vandalised

The premier voiced her disappointment after a NSW Covid testing clinic was vandalised overnight.

Officers were called to the clinic on Forrester Road, in North St Marys, Sydney's southwest, at 10:50pm on Saturday.

Police said the facility was damaged by fire. Investigations are ongoing.

Ms Berejiklian said it was "disappointing" to see people not taking the virus seriously, with suggestions "Covid is a hoax" was graffitied on the building.

“Delta does not leave room for error. I know that the decisions the NSW Government has taken and the language we have used in dealing with Covid-19 might seem confronting because it is the first state in Australia that has had to make these decisions and learn to live with Covid-19," she said.

"But this is the way for all of Australia and into the future and those people who think that Covid-19 is not serious or that we do not need to take the action, we are talking are in the minority, fortunately."

Does the NSW Premier hate the PM?

Ms Berejiklian was asked if she's at odds with Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

On Saturday, the Sydney Morning Herald published an opinion piece claiming the NSW Premier believes Mr Morrison is "evil" and a "bully".

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian bump elbows after touring the NorthConnex tunnel in Sydney, Australia.
Ms Berejiklian has denied she's had a falling out with Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Source: Getty Images

But Ms Berejiklian quashed suggestions of a falling out with the PM when asked about it on Sunday.

"Can I thank the prime minister for his support in recent — during the entire course of the pandemic — but especially in relation to this outbreak," she said.

"Those extra doses of Pfizer he was able to give to New South Wales are making a real difference and I have thanked him privately.

"I also want to thank him publicly for that incredible support, because those extra half million doses are getting into arms and making a difference in our battle in living with Covid."

When asked if she denied she had called Mr Morrison a "bully" and "evil", she told reporters: "Do not believe what you read".

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