Sumary of NSW COVID crisis: record 124 new cases:
- NSW has recorded its highest number of daily COVID cases since the latest outbreak began last month, with the health minister warning most infections are being diagnosed in people under 35.There were 124 new locally acquired cases recorded to 8pm on Wednesday, with at least 70 active in the community for all or part of their infectious period.
- Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned people to brace for cases numbers to rise further.
- Health Minister Brad Hazzard stressed the highly contagious Delta strain was “a really serious issue for young people”.
- “Now what we’ve got is effectively almost a new virus in the sense that I think the current numbers are showing almost 60 per cent are young people under the age of 35,” he said.
- “Of the 124 cases, 94 are from southwestern and western Sydney, while 18 are from the Sydney Local Health District.
- There were eight cases recorded in southeastern Sydney, two in northern Sydney, and one case each in the Illawarra and the Blue Mountains.
- The premier says the results of the harsher lockdowns won’t be clear for several days.
- “We need everybody to appreciate – I think people are quite shocked as to how different and contagious the Delta strain is.