Third record day of Covid cases in NSW, 5 deaths

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  • NSW recorded 319 cases of Covid-19

  • Armidale will be in lockdown from 5pm today

  • State records five more deaths

  • Canterbury-Bankstown number one LGA for cases

NSW announced 319 new cases of Covid-19, the highest number of daily infections recorded since the pandemic began, on Saturday.

Of these cases, 125 were linked to a known case or cluster, with 108 being household contacts and 17 close contacts. The remaining 194 of these cases are under investigation.

The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 10,478.

People out exercising beside the Sydney Opera House on August 5, 2021, during the Covid lockdown.
NSW recorded 319 new cases of Covid-19. Source: Getty Images

'Stay home, get vaccinated', NSW Health Minister says

The state's health minister, Brad Hazzard, urged people in NSW to get vaccinated.

"The great news today is our doses for the first dose on population of 16 and above have reached almost 50 per cent," Mr Hazzard said on Saturday.

"That is a very positive step forward," he said.

"For those who are fully vaccinated, we are to almost 22 per cent and we are going up at about five per cent per week, so can I say to everybody out there, we're not going to beat this virus until unless you get under journey with us."

Five new Covid deaths recorded

NSW also recorded five new deaths of people who had Covid-19. There have been 27 Covid-related deaths during the current outbreak and 84 since the beginning of the pandemic.

A woman in her 80s, a man in his 80s and a man in his 90s, as well as a man in his 60s, all from southwest Sydney, died at Liverpool Hospital.

Further, a man in his 80s from the inner west died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Canterbury-Bankstown 'number-one' LGA for coronavirus cases

NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty said they were "very concerned" about Canterbury-Bankstown area, with 92 of Friday's cases from the LGA.

"This now is the number-one LGA for cases," Dr McAnulty said.

"We have had 489 cases in the last week so that is a most prominent LGA.

"People in the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA, please take extreme caution and follow the stay-at-home roles, follow all the rules for authorised workers, keep each other safe."

"We are seeing in Canterbury-Bankstown that people are not necessarily complying, but Canterbury-Bankstown is a major area for workplaces, smaller workplaces and bigger ones," Mr Hazzard added on Saturday.

New infections trigger snap lockdown in Armidale

The new infections in the Armidale LGA has resulted in a lockdown which will begin at 5pm on Saturday.

"I'm sorry to the people of Armidale local council area. I would say to you this is out of care and concern for your area," Mr Hazzard said.

"If I were living in the area I would not be going out of the house today," he continued.

"I would be staying at home... I would be making sure that I protect myself and my family."

There have been 4929 locally acquired cases reported since June 16, 2021, when the first case in this recent outbreak was reported.

There are currently 345 Covid-19 cases in hospital, with 56 people in intensive care and 23 requiring ventilation.

A total of 108,449 Covid-19 tests were done to 8pm on Friday night, compared with the previous day’s total of 109,547.

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