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NSW shatters another COVID-19 case record, reporting 919 new infections and one death

NSW has shattered another coronavirus case record, reporting 919 new infections in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

One new death, a man in his 80s from Sydney’s north, has also been recorded in addition to a 30-year-old western Sydney mother of three whose death was announced yesterday.

Of the new cases, only 178 are linked to current outbreaks and 106 were quarantined while infectious.

Three hundred and eighty seven are from the Western Sydney local health district and 247 are from the South Western Sydney district.

Forty-nine new cases have been identified in the state’s far west: 35 in Dubbo, seven in Bourke, one in Narromine, five in Orange and one in Walgett.

Overall, there were 149,252 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night. More than 45,000 COVID-19 vaccines were administered over the same time period.

The man in his 80s who died acquired his infection at the Greenwood Aged Care in Normanhurst. His is the third death linked to an outbreak at the facility, NSW Health said.

The mother of three that died, who a post on social media identified as Ianeta Baker Isaako, passed away at her home in Emerton. She is the youngest victim of the most recent outbreak so far.

The Penrith RSL Junior Rugby Union Club posted a tribute to Ms Isaako on its Facebook page.

“Our hearts are breaking and our thoughts are with your beautiful children, loving husband and wider family. May you rest in perpetual light and love. We also ask that everyone keeps husband Sako Isaako in our thoughts and prayers as he is currently fighting illness in hospital,” the club said.

A “yellow emergency” was declared at Westmead Hospital on Tuesday due to an overwhelming number of COVID-19 patients.

The hospital has reduced ambulance arrivals for COVID-19 patients for 24 hours and will transfer several critical patients to other Sydney metropolitan hospitals. An urgent critical care review is underway.

NSW Health data shows almost 4,000 COVID-19 cases have been diagnosed in the past four weeks in the Western Sydney local health district.

Greens MP Cate Faehrmann says the public health system “is shockingly unprepared to cope with the current outbreak, putting the health and safety of doctors, nurses and patients at risk”.