NSW’s biggest day yet: State records 633 new cases, 3 deaths

Aug 18, 2021
Premier Gladys Berejiklian delivered an update Wednesday morning. Source: Getty

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced the state has recorded 633 new locally-acquired cases overnight and three deaths, making it the highest daily Covid-19 numbers. So far, since the start of the pandemic, NSW has recorded 111 deaths in total.

“There were 633 cases of community transmission and at this stage there are at least 62 of those that were infectious in the community during that time,” Berejiklian said in a press conference Wednesday morning.

“At the moment, according to the data we have, every person who has the virus is spreading it to at least more than one person.

“Now, for us to know that we have reached our peak, that can’t continue. So what the data is telling us in the last few days is that we haven’t seen the worst of it. And the way that we stop this is by everybody staying at home.

You cannot get the virus if you do not have contact with other people. You have to assume, no matter where you are in the state, that every time you set foot out of your door, that you have the virus or anybody you’re in contact with has the virus.”

The premier confirmed that the deaths include one male in his late 60s who was in Liverpool Hospital and who wasn’t vaccinated, and two males in their late 70s who both passed away at Nepean Hospital. One was vaccinated and one only received the first dose of a vaccine.

“Again we extend our deepest condolences to the families of those three gentlemen and obviously appreciate how distressing this is and I hope that really re-enforces the message that even if you think you’re OK, don’t risk given the virus to those you love the most.”

There are several other states currently in lockdown, including Victoria, who recorded 24 new cases overnight, ACT and the Northern Territory, who are expected to come out of lockdown on Thursday.

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