NSW records 110 new local COVID-19 cases, 43 in community while infectious

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NSW recorded its third highest COVID-19 case numbers in the current outbreak, with 110 new locally acquired cases and more than a third of them infectious while in the community.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the high case numbers reflected the high level of testing, but it remained a concern that 43 people were infectious in the community.

“Those 43 people haven’t necessarily done the wrong thing,” Ms Berejiklian said. “But what it does show is how infectious and contagious the virus is, so it means that every time you have contact with another human being, you risk either getting the virus or passing the virus on.”

Gladys Berejiklian announcing there were 110 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.Credit:Dom Lorrimer

There are currently 106 COVID-19 cases in hospital, with 23 in intensive care, 11 of whom require ventilation. A record 83,477 tests were reported to 8pm on Tuesday night.

Ms Berejiklian said Fairfield still carried the bulk of the cases, but there was also some spillover into Canterbury-Bankstown.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended the vaccine rollout on Adelaide radio on Wednesday morning, saying he did not accept that the reason 12 million people were in lockdown was due to a poor vaccine rollout.

“Right now, under no plan, was there any plan that said we’d be at 65 to 70 per cent vaccination in this country,” Mr Morrison told FiveAA radio. “Under no plan.” He said his comment that the vaccine was “not a race” related to the regulation and approval processes.

Victoria recorded 22 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, all of which are linked to known outbreak, and a new order came into effect banning Victorians from returning to the state from red zones.

South Australia recorded one new case, bringing the state’s cluster to six as it entered a seven-day lockdown.

Meanwhile, more than 50,000 residents of Orange, Cabonne and Blayney woke up to their first day of a snap seven-day lockdown, after a worker at Nestle Purina factory in Blayney tested positive to COVID-19.

The worker was a close contact of a truck driver who delivered pet food to the factory last week and tested positive on Tuesday.

Several other venues in the Central West have been listed as sites of concern. Residents have been ordered to stay home unless shopping for food or essential goods and services, receiving medical care, getting outdoor exercise with a maximum of one other person, leaving to do essential work or study that cannot be performed at home or attending a wedding or funeral before Friday. Schools remain open.

NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro told ABC radio he was not considering a “ring of steel” to protect the regions as occurred in Victoria last year because essential workers needed to support the rest of the state, but additional orders could be introduced if required.

NSW Health listed 10 new venues of concern overnight, including MW Toolbox in St Peters, Lawrence Dry Cleaners in Belrose and the Hoey Moey Pub in Coffs Harbour listed as tier one venues.

For the full list of venues and times, visit the NSW Health website.

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