New South Wales has reported 124 new cases of coronavirus acquired locally. This is the highest daily tally of the year.
Of the new cases from Wednesday 24 hours to 8 pm, 48 were infected in the area.
The case comes from a record 85,000 tests.
Gladys Berejikrian, Premier of New South Wales, said the number of cases is expected to increase further given the number of infected people in the community.
“We expect the number of cases to continue to increase before they begin to decrease, and we need to be prepared for it,” she told reporters Thursday.
Of the new cases retrieved locally, 67 are linked to known cases or clusters, 45 are household contacts and 22 are close contacts. The source of infection in 57 cases is under investigation.
New South Wales figures were released when Queensland Prime Minister Anastasia Parashek announced that the border with New South Wales would be closed from 1 am on Friday.
“This is an important step in helping Queensland safely relax COVID-19 restrictions across the state,” she said.
List of exposed sites Published Wednesday night by NSW Health, it focused on the western part of Sydney, with pharmacies in Merrylands, Auburn and Punchbowl at the venue.
The mascot gardener was exposed on Saturday for a three-hour stretch.
Three sites in Wollongong and nearby Fairy Meadow are also included in the list.
A Palms geriatric care facility in Kirrawee, southern Sydney, has identified positive COVID-19 cases among staff.
A statement on the facility’s website stated that most residents were fully vaccinated and that everything was treated as close contact while the situation was being evaluated in more detail.
NSW Health has expanded its surveillance testing advice to include healthcare professionals and senior care workers living in Canterbury-Bankstown LGA.
Starting Friday, July 23, these workers will be required to undergo a COVID-19 test every three days to leave the area for work.
Meanwhile, after a COVID-19-positive delivery driver from Sydney visited the area and infected another person, people in and around the central western town of Orange are on the second day of a seven-day blockade.
The blockade in the municipal areas of Orange, Blayney and Cabonne is the first time a stay-at-home order has been imposed in the New South Wales region.
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