Coronavirus Australia: NSW records 207 new cases & one death

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NSW has confirmed 207 new COVID-19 cases and another death this morning.

A man in his 90s from south-western Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital yesterday.

He had received one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

He is the 15th COVID-related death in the State from the current outbreak.

Of the 207 cases today, at least 72 cases were in the community during part or all of their infectious period.

The infection status of another 46 cases is unknown.

“It is really in our hands as to how we deal with the cases coming down as a community but also our rate of vaccinations,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

“One learning we have had in the last five weeks is that the vaccinations, both vaccines, are working extremely effectively.

“We still don’t know of anybody in intensive care who has received both doses of the vaccine.”

There are 232 COVID-19 cases in NSW hospitals, with 54 people in intensive care, 25 of whom are on ventilators.

THIRTEEN NEW CASES IN QLD

Queensland has recorded 13 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and extended its lockdown until Sunday.

South-east Queensland has been in lockdown since Saturday and it will be extended until Sunday as health authorities battle to contain an outbreak of the virulent Delta strain that has grown to 31 cases.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the new cases were linked to the existing cluster in west Brisbane after 21,806 tests overnight.

However, he said the rising number of cases means the lockdown will need to be extended until 4pm on Sunday.

“That will make it an eight-day lockdown,” Mr Miles said.

“And we desperately hope that that will be sufficient for our contact tracers to get into home quarantine absolutely anyone who could have been exposed to the Delta strain.

“But for it to work for us to come out of this at the weekend, we need absolutely everyone in those LGAs to stay at home if they possibly can.”

The lockdown is in place in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, Noosa, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset and the Sunshine Coast.

People are only allowed to leave their homes for essential shopping, healthcare, essential work that cannot be done from home, care-giving, exercise within 10km of home or getting a COVID-19 test or vaccine.

Mr Miles said it was “absolutely critical” that people only left their homes for those reasons.

Schools are also closed for all students, except those who are children of essential workers.

COVID-19 exposure sites have been listed in Bellbowrie, Chapel Hill, Jindalee, Indooroopilly, Ipswich, Kenmore, Moggill, Mount Gravatt, Oxley, Pullenvale, South Brisbane, Spring Hill, St Lucia, Sunnybank, Taringa, Toowong and Yeerongpilly and Wilston.

One case also flew to Rockhampton and worked at Rookweir while infectious last week.

Treasurer Cameron Dick has also announced $260 million in financial support for small and medium businesses hit by the public health orders.

Payments of $5000 will be available for businesses hit by the current lockdown in southeast Queensland, lockdowns in other states and border closures.

VICTORIA RECORDS TWO NEW CASES

Victoria has recorded two new locally acquired cases as the State continues its cautious path out of a two-week lockdown.

Both infections were linked to existing clusters and had been in quarantine during their entire infectious period, Victorian Department of Health officials said.

The state’s active caseload has shed 27 infections, dropping to 134 active cases on Monday.

More than 21,417 tests were carried out in the past 24 hours, and 15,030 vaccine doses administered.

It comes after revelations just 10 Victorians who tested positive for Covid-19 during the state’s latest outbreak were vaccinated against the virus, highlighting the importance of the vaccine.

A snapshot of the 204 coronavirus cases in Victoria between July 12 and 28 showed only 10 were fully vaccinated against the virus, Victoria chief health officer Brett Sutton said.

"Of those 10 positive cases who were fully vaccinated, none of them were hospitalised, all were either completely without symptoms or had mild symptoms," Professor Sutton said.

Victoria has recorded more than 200 cases linked to the two outbreaks that jumped the border from Sydney’s deadly Delta cluster - one from a team of Sydney removalists who transited through the state and the other from a family who returned to Melbourne’s north from a NSW red zone.

Health officials will front the media later on Monday.

STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWN

NSW — 207 new local cases & one death

VIC — two new local cases

QLD — 13 new local cases

WA — TBA

SA — TBA

TAS — TBA

ACT — TBA

NT — TBA

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