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New South Wales reports more than 400 new COVID cases and four virus-related deaths

ASSA | 2021-08-17 10:47:19

New South Wales has reported 415 new coronavirus cases as the premier admits there’s “much more work to be done”.

Of the new cases, at least 42 were active in the community throughout their infectious period - with that number likely to rise as cases are interviewed by contact tracers.

Four COVID patients died in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday.

They are a woman in her 50s, a woman in her 70s and a man and a woman in their 80s.

Blacktown, Mount Druitt, Marayong, Merrylands, Auburn and Guildford are now the suburbs of most concern, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

“If you are in these areas, you need to not only take extra precautions but make sure you come forward for testing and stay home. Do not leave home unless you absolutely have to,” she said.

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says she is worried cases will continue to grow.

She said the public needed to adhere to the lockdown orders.

“I cannot stress enough the seriousness of the current situation, and my grave concerns that these case numbers will continue to escalate.

“While we have put in additional controls, everybody needs to have a great sense of responsibility to follow the rules.”

She said she is hopeful an influx of vaccines will help counter the rising infections.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison earlier this morning announced more than 1 million doses of Pfizer had been secured from Poland.

Half of those will go towards people aged 20-39 in the 12 local council areas of concern in south-west Sydney.

“Those younger people are the ones who are going out and working in disability homes, aged care homes, childcare, logistics, freight,” Chant said.

“And so this will be an intense effort to get one dose of vaccine into that group as quickly as possible.”