New South Wales has posted 478 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and eight new deaths. It is the highest daily number of cases in the state since the start of the pandemic.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the case numbers were “disturbingly high”.
“We can’t stress enough how hard all of us have to work to reduce these numbers, to reduce the growth of the spread, and to make sure we’re all staying home,” she told reporters on Monday morning.
“It is important for us all to protect our loved ones and ourselves by getting vaccinated.”
NSW recorded 478 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. pic.twitter.com/RtVyEanPpr
— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) August 16, 2021
The deaths reported on Monday included a man in his 70s from south-west Sydney who died at Liverpool Hospital, a man in his 80s from south-west Sydney died at Campbelltown Hospital, a man in his 80s from western Sydney who died at Nepean Hospital.
It also included a 15-year-old boy from south-west Sydney died at Sydney Children’s Hospital. He was receiving treatment for a serious medical condition and was a confirmed COVID case.
Only two of the eight people who died had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
The number of COVID-related deaths to since 16 June now stands at 56, with the number of lives lost in NSW at 112 since the beginning of the pandemic.
There are currently 391 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 66 people in intensive care, 28 of whom require ventilation.
There were more than 157,000 tests carried out on Sunday.