NSW Health has recorded another 98 local COVID infections over the past 24 hours:
NSW recorded 98 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. pic.twitter.com/XjBvjJzvKg
— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) July 19, 2021
Of these locally acquired cases, 61 are linked to a known case or cluster – 43 are household contacts and 18 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 37 cases is under investigation.
Fifty-four cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 17 cases were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Twenty cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of seven cases remains under investigation.
There are currently 82 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 24 people in intensive care, seven of whom require ventilation.
There have been 1,340 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in the Bondi cluster was reported.
NSW’s active local COVID cases are now approaching 1,200:
As a comparison, here is how NSW’s daily case count compares to Victoria’s winter-spring outbreak last year, which saw Melbourne shut down for 14 weeks:
Finally, here’s the comparison of active local cases between NSW’s current outbreak and Victoria’s last year:
Hopefully NSW’s cases are nearing their peak. A minimum 6-week lockdown looks baked-in for NSW, probably longer.