The New South Wales Prime Minister has warned residents to brace for an extension of the lockdown as the state struggles to contain a growing outbreak of Covid-19. A woman in her 90s died as the state again recorded a daily record of 77 cases.
“Tragically, we saw an elderly person die and I want to extend my deepest condolences to their families and loved ones,” NSW State Premier Gladys Berejiklian told a daily press conference on Sunday.
The victim was a woman in her 90s who apparently contracted the disease in her household and died Saturday at Liverpool Hospital. It is the first officially reported death from the coronavirus in Australia in 2021.
The state registered 77 new cases of the virus on Sunday and Berejiklian said they “will be shocked” if the numbers in New South Wales don’t reach three-digit numbers tomorrow. The Greater Sydney area has been under a general stay-at-home order since June 26, with stricter restrictions introduced last week, and the lockdown was becoming increasingly unlikely to end any time soon
Given where we are and given that the lockdown was supposed to be lifted on Friday, anyone can see it’s highly unlikely at this stage given the numbers.
Since the outbreak was first discovered on June 16, 566 locally acquired cases have been reported in NSW. About 52 are currently in hospital, 15 of whom are in intensive care and five on a ventilator. In total, Australia has registered just over 31,000 infections across the country and just over 900 deaths since the start of the pandemic last year.
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