NSW records 478 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths

New South Wales has recorded 478 new COVID-19 cases and seven further deaths.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian described the new cases as “disturbingly high” as she named a number of suburbs in Sydney’s west and south-west as locations of high transmission.

Ms Berejiklian urged residents of the following suburbs to stay home: Merrylands, Guildford, Granville, Blacktown, Mount Druitt, Yagoona, Greenacre and Bankstown.

“Just stay home. Don’t leave your house. Don’t cut corners, unless you absolutely have to, we just want people to stay still,” Ms Berejiklian said.

NSW records 478 daily cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths. (Louise Kennerley)

The latest results of the state’s outbreak come from 157,000 tests, recorded until 8pm last night.

At midnight tightened lockdown rules come into force across much of Greater Sydney in a fresh attempt to slow the spread of the Delta variant.

From now, residents cannot go further than five kilometres from their home unless it is for one of the “reasonable excuses” listed by the NSW Government.

Police have launched Operation Stay at Home this morning, with hundreds of additional officers to be out ensuring people are complying with public health orders.

At least 1400 officers attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command will be focusing on compliance operations on the state’s roads.

A near empty Sydney Opera House forecourt.
A near empty Sydney Opera House forecourt as the city remains in a battle against the Delta strain/ (Getty)

A further 500 Australian Defence Force troops, in addition to the 300 already deployed, will assist with compliance checks and patrols, particularly within hotspot suburbs.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant provided details of the seven deaths recorded in the state.

The youngest person to die as a result of the infection was a man in his 40s from from south-western Sydney who had severe underlying health conditions and was unvaccinated against COVID-19.

The other deaths include three people in their 80s, a man and woman in their 70s.

He was COVID-19 positive but the hospital said pneumococcal meningitis caused his death.

Police crackdown on rule breakers

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said Operation Stay At Home started at midnight.

Nearly 18,000 police and 1,800 member of the defence force will be enforcing public health orders across NSW, with a strong focus on local government areas of high concern.

Overnight 500 infringements were handed out for breaching the health orders, 120 of which were for not wearing a mask.

The operation will continue for the next 21 days.

Police yesterday said they will not hesitate issuing fines to those caught breaching public health orders, with infringement notices of more than $5000 now in place.

NSW Police patrol Bondi Beach keeping the COVID-19 restrictions in place on Saturday. (Steven Siewert)

“I would like to think all the loopholes are closed,” NSW Police Minister David Elliott told Today.

“(But) People are smart, they will still try to work their way around them.

“I’m quietly confident now that the community has got the message that we’re not mucking around, that you won’t be allowed to offer up excuses.”

He dismissed the need for a ring of steel around NSW now the laws have been tightened.

“This was the view I got from the police – if we had decent lockdown laws, if we had decent ability for compliance well then we wouldn’t get a ring of steel, because nobody would be going anywhere.

“I think that’s probably what we saw over the weekend.”

Mr Elliott said October is when the situation could start turning around for the better, when vaccine rates increase and the effects of the tougher lockdown start to show.

“I think what has happened is that after seven weeks people actually have realised that this isn’t going away and I think people are taking more personal responsibility,” he said.

More Pfizer for young people in high-risk areas

One million Pfizer doses are now on Australian soil after touching down from Poland overnight.

Half of those will be rolled out to Sydney’s 12 local government areas which have the highest rates of the virus from today.

The remaining doses will be given to other states and territories on a per capita basis.

A mass vaccination centre at Qudos Bank Arena, Olympic Park, Sydney has been set up to vaccinate year 12 students against COVID-19.
A mass vaccination centre at Qudos Bank Arena will open this morning to immunise authoritised workers. (SMH)

The state’s largest mass vaccination hub also opens today, based at the Qudos Bank Arena at Sydney Olympic Park.

Vaccinations are open for 50,000 authorised workers across the state aged 16-39 and bookings are essential.

The entire state joined Greater Sydney in lockdown on Saturday evening.

Yesterday NSW recorded 415 new coronavirus cases, a slight decrease from the day before.

Of Sunday’s new cases, at least 42 were infectious in the community during their infectious period. The isolation status of 273 remains under investigation.

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