New South Wales has recorded 319 new community cases of Covid-19 – the highest number of daily infections in the current outbreak.
Authorities have also reported five other Covid-related deaths.
A man in his 60s, a woman in his 80s, a man in his 80s and a man in his 90s, all from south-west Sydney, have died in hospital in Liverpool. An 80-year-old man from Inner West has died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Fifty-one of today’s local cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 98 cases is still under investigation.
Of the current 319 cases, 125 are linked to a known case or group, and the source of infection for 194 is under investigation.
There are currently 345 Covid-19 patients in Sydney hospitals, including 56 people in intensive care, 23 of whom require ventilation. Of the 56 people in intensive care, 51 were not vaccinated.
Speaking to reporters today, Jeremy McNulty, deputy chief health officer for NSW, said it was clear that this “disease infects people of all ages.”
“Of the 56 intensive care cases, four are in their twenties, four in their thirties, three in their forties, 19 in their fifties, eight in their sixties, 14 in their 70s and four in their forties,” McNulty said. . .
After two new community cases were reported in the northern plateau town of Armidale, it will go into a one-week lockdown from 5 p.m. today.
When asked if the state should enter into a tougher ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard redirected the blame to the chatterboxes.
â€œWe have the toughest lockdown in the country right now. What is not happening is people are not complying,â€ Hazzard said.
â€œIf people don’t comply, the community will continue to suffer.
“It’s simple. Stay home. Don’t go out unless you have to. Don’t go visit another household and get vaccinated.”
Queensland today registered 13 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases.
Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles said all cases were linked to the Indooroopilly cluster, which plunged the state into lockdown.
Twelve of the 13 cases were not in the community during their infectious period, and the state “is getting details on” the 13th case, Miles said.
â€œTwo are family contacts of a known case during Indooroopilly karate,â€ he said.
â€œOne is a close contact from the karate class, five cases are family contacts from Ironside State School and four cases are family contacts from Indooroopilly High School.
“One is close contact at the Brisbane Boys Grammar School.”
There are now 102 cases in the cluster, first detected at Indooroopilly State High School last week.
It follows the state registration of 10 new cases on Friday, also all linked to the Indooroopilly cluster, which resulted in the infection of dozens of children from three high schools and one primary school in Brisbane.
Eleven local government areas in south-eastern Queensland are on their seventh day of strict lockdown, which authorities hope they can relax as scheduled at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Victoria has recorded 29 new local cases of the coronavirus as the state crosses its sixth lockdown since the start of the pandemic.
All cases were linked to an existing outbreak but were not in quarantine.
People who tested positive were among 43,618 people who received their Covid-19 test results on Friday.
The current Victorian epidemic first became known on Wednesday evening. The next day, the state reported six local cases and went into custody.
As of Thursday 8 p.m., Victorians have only had five legitimate reasons to leave home: to shop for the essentials, to work or study (if it cannot be done at home), to take care of them, exercise for up to two hours and get vaccinated.
The confinement is expected to last seven days.
The outbreak came just a day after Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrew celebrated the day there was no local coronavirus infection.
About 15.28 million Australians in three states – NSW, Queensland and Victoria – entered lockdown over the weekend after more than 300 local cases were confirmed across the country on Friday.