Australia has reported its first locally contracted Covid-19 death this year as well as a record 77 new cases in the state of New South Wales.
The reported death was a woman in her 90s.
The new cases have risen quite significantly when compared to Saturday’s figure of 50 new cases.
The numbers, which are believed to be influenced by the Delta variant, are expected to rise in Sydney despite the city already being placed under lockdown.
State Premier Gladys Berejiklian stated, “I’ll be shocked if it’s less than 100 this time tomorrow, of additional new cases,”.
Of the 77 cases, 33 people were infectious while they spent time in the community which has raised the likelihood of an extension being placed on Sydney’s lockdown as well as its surrounding areas.
Berejiklian stated, “Given where we’re at and given the lockdown was supposed to be lifted on Friday, everybody can tell it’s highly unlikely at this stage,”.
In an attempt to prevent spreading the virus, the neighbouring state of Victoria will be closing its borders with New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory as Victoria has reported zero new cases for 11 consecutive days.
Sydney has reported that 15 people are currently being treated in Intensive Care Units with five requiring ventilation.