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Three deaths and a record 356 new local COVID-19 cases in NSW logo 10/08/2021 Natalie Oliveri
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 06: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant arrive at a press conference to provide a COVID-19 update in Sydney. Friday, August 6, 2021. NSW recorded 291 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. (Photo by Mick Tsikas-Pool/Getty Images) © 2021 Getty Images NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant

There have been 356 new coronavirus cases recorded in NSW, in the biggest spike out the outbreak yet.

More than 95,000 tests were carried out to 8pm yesterday.

Around a third of those cases were not isolating during that time, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

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Ms Berejiklian called the rise in cases a "substantial increase".

Three people linked to the outbreak have died after testing positive to COVID-19 - a man and woman in their 80s, and a man in his 70s.

A returned overseas traveller has also died but they were not linked to the outbreak.

All died in hospital and none were vaccinated.

The man in his 80s who died acquired the infection as part of the Liverpool Hospital outbreak.

The man, from south-west Sydney, tested positive on July 29.

There have now been seven staff, a student nurse and 29 patients impacted by the outbreak at Liverpool Hospital. Six people have died.

"The exposures occurred on a geriatric and neurology ward and these patients were receiving the best possible care but sadly many are older and have health conditions which leave them very vulnerable to the harmful effects of COVID," Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said.

The woman in her 80s also died at Liverpool Hospital overnight however her infection was not related to the hospital cluster, Dr Chant said.

Infection rates rise in hotspot

Infection rates continue to escalate in the Canterbury-Bankstown area in Sydney's west.

"We have seen stabilisation and substantial decline in areas like Fairfield, so communities that are responding to health orders and to what we are asking them to do are seeing a decline in their LGAs," Ms Berejiklian said.

There have been no new cases in regional NSW areas of Tamworth or Armidale.

There have been more cases in the NSW Hunter and Newcastle regions.

New cases of COVID-19 have also been detected in northern NSW as a result of a man who travelled from Sydney to Byron Bay.

"We had a gentleman and two of his children test positive and there were a number of exposure sites," Dr Chant said.

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No further cases have yet been linked to the exposure sites in the area.

a group of people flying kites in a field: Byron Bay and surrounding areas have now joined other parts of NSW in lockdown. © Nine Byron Bay and surrounding areas have now joined other parts of NSW in lockdown.

Outbreak at Sydney aged care home

Four residents at the St George Aged Care Centre in Bexley in Sydney's south have tested positive to COVID-19 after a staff member worked while infectious.

"A staff member worked one shift while infectious on one level at the facility," Dr Chant said.

Four of eight residents identified as close contacts have now tested positive to the virus.

All eight of the residents were vaccinated and the staff member has received their first dose of vaccination.

"Appropriate care is being provided," Dr Chant said.

Vehicles turned back by police

NSW Police has carried out more than 1000 compliance checks in suburbs of concern in Sydney, Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said.

"Over 400 vehicles were stopped by police specifically for those breaches that might be occurring in and around public health orders and people travelling without a reasonable excuse," Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.

A total of 17 infringement notices were issued and seven vehicles were turned around and sent back to where they came from after police found they had no reasonable excuse to be travelling.

"It is a challenging time for the community and police, but NSW Police won't back down in their endeavour to ensure people comply with the public health orders across the state," Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.

NSW needs vaccinations, not more rules: Premier

Ms Berejiklian has once again denied the need for a ring of steel or curfew to be implemented in Sydney.

"What we also have to accept is the basic fact that Delta is very different to other strains we have had," she said.

"Policy positions that may have worked in the past aren't going to have effect with Delta.

"Accept this is a different variant and we need to approach it differently."

Ms Berejiklian said the vaccine was the key to slowing the spread of the virus and easing lockdown.

"Fortunately, we have had the tool of the vaccine we didn't have before."

a group of people that are standing in the snow: Students wait to receive the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 at Qudos Arena in Sydney. © Getty Students wait to receive the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 at Qudos Arena in Sydney.

Ms Berejiklian encouraged any Year 12 students who have not booked in to be vaccinated to do as soon as possible.

"It is really important for those sitting their HSC exam in the local government areas of concern to ensure they have the vaccine fully by the time the exams come around."

Inquiry into outbreak response

Two of New South Wales' top decision-makers will front a parliamentary inquiry into the state's response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant and Health Minister Brad Hazzard will appear before the upper house's COVID-19 oversight committee later today.

Dr Chant will be questioned over the advice she provided to the NSW government about when Sydney needed to go into lockdown during the latest outbreak.

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The inquiry will focus on Dr Chant's advice in the early days of the Delta outbreak in June.

"We will hopefully be asking the questions five-and-a-half million have been wanting answers to. It starts with what was the public health advice the government received in the first week and a bit after the initial community transmission and before the citywide lockdown," inquiry chair Greens MP David Shoebridge said.

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