NSW Health has recorded another 633 local COVID cases over the past 24 hours:
NSW recorded 633 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. pic.twitter.com/MdsdVUIUbJ
— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) August 18, 2021
Of these locally acquired cases, 158 are linked to a known case or cluster – 145 are household contacts and 13 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 475 cases is under investigation.
94 cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 30 were in isolation for part of their infectious period. 62 cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 447 cases remains under investigation.
Three elderly people died, taking the number of COVID-related deaths to 60 since 16 June 2021.
462 people are in hospital suffering from COVID with 77 in ICU.
The next chart plots NSW’s current outbreak against Victoria’s winter-spring outbreak last year, which saw Melbourne shut for 14 weeks:
NSW’s active cases have now surpassed 8000 and has become the nation’s biggest COVID outbreak:
The virus is clearly out of control in NSW with daily cases likely to hit 1,000 soon.