NSW Health has reported another 136 local COVID cases over the past 24 hours:
NSW recorded 136 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. pic.twitter.com/WsMXKvQOY0
— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) July 23, 2021
Of these locally acquired cases, 77 are linked to a known case or cluster – 65 are household contacts and 12 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 59 cases is under investigation.
Fifty-three cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 17 cases were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Fifty-three cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 13 cases remains under investigation.
There are 137 patients in hospital of which 32 are in ICU.
The next chart plots the progression of NSW’s daily cases against Victoria’s Winter-Spring outbreak last year, which saw Melbourne shut down for 14 weeks:
NSW now has 1574 active local COVID cases, which probably won’t peak for several more weeks:
It is going to be a long winter…