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NSW records 239 new COVID-19 cases

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 1/08/2021 Stuart Marsh
a group of people in uniform: Police cracking down on COVID-19 breaches across Sydney Police cracking down on COVID-19 breaches across Sydney

NSW has recorded 239 new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19 to equal Thursday's record-breaking figure as the highest yet seen since the start of the pandemic.

Of the new cases, 115 are linked to a known case or cluster, 92 are household contacts and 23 are close contacts.

Eighty cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 35 cases were in isolation for part of their infectious period.

While only 26 were infectious in the community, there are still 98 cases whose isolation status is under investigation.

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Of today's new cases, 110 are from south-west Sydney, 51 are from western Sydney, 69 are from Sydney's CBD, three are from south-east Sydney, four are from north Sydney and two are from the Blue Mountains.

A man in his 60s is the latest casualty of the current outbreak.

The man, who was a resident of south-western Sydney, died at home after contracting the virus.

He is the 14th person to die from the current Sydney outbreak and the 70th death in the state since the pandemic begun.

a group of people riding on the back of a man: Mounted police meeting the public in Cronulla, Sydney. © PomlnOz Mounted police meeting the public in Cronulla, Sydney.

Dr Jeremy McAnulty from NSW Health said the data was showing that young people are "driving" the current outbreak that's crippling Sydney's west and south-west.

"We are concerned about young people particularly 18 to 39-year-olds who are driving a lot of the epidemic. We are seeing cases at high rates in those age groups," Dr McAnulty said.

"This is the age group that tends to be a link between kids, younger people, and older, elderly relatives.

"They are working, they have big social networks. If you are in that age group it is important that you be aware that you are very vulnerable to the infection."

a person wearing a suit and tie: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian © Edwina Pickles/Sydney Morning Herald NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged all eligible residents to get at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to give themselves a layer of protection against the virus.

"AstraZeneca is safe. Health authorities have said under the current circumstances any adult over 18 should come forward to get the vaccine - it doesn't matter which one you are offered," Ms Berejiklian said.


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"One dose itself reduces your chance of spreading the virus but it also keeps you out of hospital. And we know that vaccination is working against this terrible delta strain."

'Let August be the month we break records'

Ms Berejiklian has challenged NSW to make August the biggest vaccination month in the history of Australia.

"Let August be the month we break records and vaccinations because that is how we get freedom," Ms Berejiklian said.

"I don't say that lightly.

"There is no place in the world that has been able to live with the Delta virus and not have higher rates of vaccination. We have to be very clear about that."

In the past 24 hours, NSW Health administered 21,342 vaccine doses.

Almost 3.9 million doses have been administered in NSW since February 22, 2021.

Ms Berejiklian noted that the state needed to reach 9.2 million jabs to achieve a vaccination rate of 70 per cent and more than 10 million to reach 80 per cent - the vaccination coverage required to reach the next stages of the Commonwealth government's pathway out of the pandemic.

a sign above a store: The newly opened South Western Sydney Vaccination Centre at Macquarie Fields. © Getty The newly opened South Western Sydney Vaccination Centre at Macquarie Fields.

NSW Police to fine Sydneysiders who don't check in to supermarkets

Sydney residents who deliberately break the rules of the city's current COVID-19 lockdown will be the focus of police as authorities work to crack down on spiraling case numbers.

NSW Police have warned the public they will be conducting a "compliance crackdown" on the use of QR check-ins and face masks in and around supermarkets and large retail premises in the Greater Sydney area.

Businesses not complying with the QR check-in system will receive a $5000 fine.

a hand holding a cell phone: The crackdown will focus on large retail premises such as supermarkets. © Justin McManus/The Age The crackdown will focus on large retail premises such as supermarkets.

Members of the public who fail to check in using the QR code will be fined a total of $1000. Not wearing a face mask carries a fine of $500.

The crackdown comes as five men were caught at a house party in the epicentre of Sydney's current COVID-19 outbreak allegedly attacked the police officers who tried to shut down the gathering.

Police attended a home on Unicombe Crescent in Oakhurst, in the Blacktown local government area, at around 4.10pm yesterday after neighbours reported a party.

When they got there, they found a group of men drinking in a garage.

qr code: Members of the public who fail to check in using the QR code will be fined a total of $1000. Not wearing a face mask carries a fine of $500. © Getty Members of the public who fail to check in using the QR code will be fined a total of $1000. Not wearing a face mask carries a fine of $500.

They asked them to produce identification, and when they refused things got heated.

The 44-year-old occupant of the home allegedly pushed an officer in the chest.

Police tried to arrest the man, and that's when the four other men allegedly become violent and attempted to hinder police.

All five men were eventually arrested and taken to Mt Druitt Police Station. They are all due to face court on a range of charges.

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