New South Wales has recorded 830 new community Covid-19 cases and three Covid-related deaths.
The deaths of a man in his 60s, a man in his 70s, and a woman in her 80s bring the death toll during the current outbreak to 71. The two men had received one dose of the Covid vaccine; the woman was unvaccinated.
There are 550 patients in NSW hospitals with Covid-19 – almost 100 in intensive care.
Fifty of today’s local cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 694 remains under investigation.
NSW yesterday reported a record-breaking 825 new locally acquired cases.
Australian Medical Association (AMA) vice president Stephen Parnis told ABC News he had been “concerned for a while” about the situation in Greater Sydney – where a slate of harder restrictions will come into effect tomorrow.
“It seems that if you are reacting after the virus has done something, you’re already too late. You really need to try and get in ahead of it,” Dr Parnis said.
“The main concern I have with Sydney’s lockdown is that it is patchy. You can’t effectively lock down, isolate, across the greater metro area if you are treating local government areas like a patchwork quilt. The virus does not respect municipal boundaries.”
Parnis added that he “would have hoped the NSW Government would have learned” from Melbourne’s experience last year, albeit with a much less infectious strain of the virus.
“That said, the direction is in the right one and clearly we need rates of vaccination that are so much more higher than where we are at the moment before you can contemplate lifting these things,” he said.