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Sydney’s Covid-19 outbreak has exploded yet again as NSW authorities confirmed the state’s worst day of the pandemic to date with a record 633 new cases and three deaths from the virus overnight.

An unvaccinated man in his 60s died from the virus at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney’s south-west and two men in their late 70s died at Nepean Hospital. 

One of them was fully vaccinated and the other had received his first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. 

Of the new cases, 550 were found in west and south-west Sydney.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the worst was yet to come for the city after almost eight weeks spent in lockdown.  

‘What the data is telling us in the last few days is that we haven’t seen the worst of it,’ she said.

Berejiklian snapped at a reporter who asked why she hasn’t plunged NSW into a more radical lockdown, telling him bluntly: ‘it’s not your press conference’. 

Sky News journalist Andrew Clennell was reprimanded by the premier for continually asking questions about whether she will implement a harder, stage-four lockdown.

‘Excuse me, it’s not your press conference, there’s other journalists here as well,’ Ms Berejiklian said. 

She also hit out at the 448 residents across NSW who were caught leaving home without an essential reason in the past day alone – a statistic she described as ‘heartbreaking’.

Sydney's Covid-19 outbreak has exploded yet again as NSW hit a record 633 new cases overnight. Pictured is a Sydneysider wearing a mask in the city on Monday

Sydney's Covid-19 outbreak has exploded yet again as NSW hit a record 633 new cases overnight. Pictured is a Sydneysider wearing a mask in the city on Monday

Sydney’s Covid-19 outbreak has exploded yet again as NSW hit a record 633 new cases overnight. Pictured is a Sydneysider wearing a mask in the city on Monday

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the worst was yet to come for Sydneysiders as the state recorded by far the highest daily rise in cases during the Covid-19 pandemic to date

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the worst was yet to come for Sydneysiders as the state recorded by far the highest daily rise in cases during the Covid-19 pandemic to date

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the worst was yet to come for Sydneysiders as the state recorded by far the highest daily rise in cases during the Covid-19 pandemic to date

‘Can I just ask everybody to care. Don’t care about us or the broader community, but care about those closest to you,’ she said.

‘Care about your family, your friends that you are causing inordinate amounts of grief.  

‘Even if you don’t care about the people you don’t know, care about those closest to you because you are risking their lives and you’re risking their livelihoods.’

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant warned there will be more deaths from the virus if current trends continue.

Ms Berejiklian launched into a reporter for insisting she send the entirety of New South Wales into a more radical lockdown , saying: 'it's not your press conference'

Ms Berejiklian launched into a reporter for insisting she send the entirety of New South Wales into a more radical lockdown , saying: 'it's not your press conference'

Ms Berejiklian launched into a reporter for insisting she send the entirety of New South Wales into a more radical lockdown , saying: ‘it’s not your press conference’

Of the new cases, 550 were found in Sydney's west and south-west. Pictured is a police officer and ADF personnel monitoring a line of people waiting to receive their Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday

Of the new cases, 550 were found in Sydney's west and south-west. Pictured is a police officer and ADF personnel monitoring a line of people waiting to receive their Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday

Of the new cases, 550 were found in Sydney’s west and south-west. Pictured is a police officer and ADF personnel monitoring a line of people waiting to receive their Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday

‘We will see more admissions and more deaths if these numbers continue to increase,’ she said. ‘We have a collective responsibility to do all we can to stop seeing those deaths.’

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro also pleaded for residents in regional parts of the state to stay home after 23 cases were recorded in western NSW – including 17 in Dubbo.  

‘The message for everybody is to follow the stay at home orders and cut down mobility,’ he said.

Fifteen cases were detected in the Hunter-New England region and 54 were found in the Nepean Blue Mountains region west of Sydney.

Seating areas are pictured roped off to prevent members of the public gathering at Bronte Beach in Sydney on Wednesday

Seating areas are pictured roped off to prevent members of the public gathering at Bronte Beach in Sydney on Wednesday

Seating areas are pictured roped off to prevent members of the public gathering at Bronte Beach in Sydney on Wednesday

Ms Berejiklian earlier on Wednesday morning revealed hairdressers, beauticians and cleaners could be among the first professions to get back to work once they are fully vaccinated.

‘I don’t want to give the game away but it would be potentially, you know, services which could be provided to people so long as both parties are vaccinated,’ she told KIIS FM.

A health expert has offered a glimmer of hope for long-suffering Sydneysiders desperate to be freed from lockdown, saying harder restrictions could mean cases plummet within months. 

Epidemiologist Professor Tony Blakely said he believed NSW can significantly drop to as few as 30 cases a day by mid-October under a ‘hard lockdown’ which used tougher restrictions. 

‘It will take until about mid-October under really hard lockdown under modelling we are releasing tomorrow, or February under a soft lockdown,’ Professor Blakely told The Project on Tuesday night.

A queue to receive a Covid-19 vaccine is pictured at the New South Wales Health vaccination centre at Sydney's Olympic Park on Tuesday

A queue to receive a Covid-19 vaccine is pictured at the New South Wales Health vaccination centre at Sydney's Olympic Park on Tuesday

A queue to receive a Covid-19 vaccine is pictured at the New South Wales Health vaccination centre at Sydney’s Olympic Park on Tuesday

‘So it will take a long time to get those case numbers down to that level. This is really challenging stuff. It is more about a bridge over towards October, November, when the vaccination coverages get up and seeing how we go at that point. It is challenging.’

He had difficulty describing the current state of Sydney’s 53-day lockdown when asked if it was a ‘soft’ lockdown unlikely to decrease cases.

‘I don’t know what they are in, to be honest,’ he conceded.

‘A hard lockdown would take until October to get to about five cases a day.

A ‘vaccination blitz’ in NSW is also targeting residents aged 16-39 living in 12 LGAs of concern in Sydney’s Covid-hit west and south-west.

Authorities will give priority access to 530,000 Pfizer doses for those in that age bracket at NSW Health clinics from 9am on Wednesday. 

NSW face mask rules during Covid lockdown 

– You must wear a face mask at indoor non-residential premises in NSW

– You must wear a face mask when using public transport

– You must wear a face mask in a major recreation facility

– You must carry a face mask with you at all times if you are in the local government areas of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour

– You must wear a face mask if you go outside in a public area in the Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, and Strathfield local government areas

-You must wear a face mask if you go out in the following suburbs in the Penrith local government area: Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys. 

– You must wear a face mask when travelling in a vehicle with a person you do not live with

– You must wear a face mask in Greater Sydney residential building common areas.

Source: NSW Police 

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Those eligible for the jab must be aged between 16-39 years of age and live in Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith or Strathfield.

The blitz in areas where transmission is highest in Sydney is designed to drive down the rate of infection in those hotspots.   

‘We know there are several hundred thousand people in these LGAs who are unvaccinated in this age group, and this is a great opportunity for them to come forward and get their jab,’ NSW Health Deputy Secretary Susan Pearce said on Wednesday.

‘We’re doing everything we can to get doses into arms and I’d like to thank our local health districts for their mammoth effort.’

The additional doses were sent to Australia from Poland after negotiations with the Eastern European country to take surplus doses off its hands. 

NSW residents aged 16-39 who live in Sydney's 12 LGA's of concern will be able to book in to receive two of the 530,000 extra Pfizer doses secured by the federal government (pictured, a woman received a vaccine at a clinic in Lakemba)

NSW residents aged 16-39 who live in Sydney's 12 LGA's of concern will be able to book in to receive two of the 530,000 extra Pfizer doses secured by the federal government (pictured, a woman received a vaccine at a clinic in Lakemba)

NSW residents aged 16-39 who live in Sydney’s 12 LGA’s of concern will be able to book in to receive two of the 530,000 extra Pfizer doses secured by the federal government (pictured, a woman received a vaccine at a clinic in Lakemba)

While 530,000 of the one million extra jabs will be fast-tracked to Sydney’s 12 LGA’s of concern, the rest will be allocated to states and territories on a per capita basis. 

About 175,000 of the doses will be sent to Victoria, where Melbourne is in its sixth lockdown with case numbers continuing to balloon, including 24 on Wednesday.  

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the current outbreak in NSW was a ‘key factor’ in Poland’s decision to part ways with the extra jabs. 

The entire state of NSW is locked down with tight restrictions but authorities are concerned that 70 per cent of transmission is occurring in homes.  

The vaccination blitz will target residents aged between 16-39 years who are believed to be driving the spread of the virus through the city's Covid-hit west and south west due to their mobility in the community (pictured, health care workers at Perth Airport on Monday)

The vaccination blitz will target residents aged between 16-39 years who are believed to be driving the spread of the virus through the city's Covid-hit west and south west due to their mobility in the community (pictured, health care workers at Perth Airport on Monday)

The vaccination blitz will target residents aged between 16-39 years who are believed to be driving the spread of the virus through the city’s Covid-hit west and south west due to their mobility in the community (pictured, health care workers at Perth Airport on Monday)

The likelihood of household transmission is reduced by about 50 per cent by three to four weeks after vaccination. 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said those aged between 16-39 years of age would be targeted to receive the jabs because of how active they were in their communities. 

‘They are the ones that are mobile because of their work. They are the ones who cross three generations, and they are ones who were part of the 70 per cent of cases we are currently experiencing in those most problematic areas,’ she said.  

WHERE YOU CAN BOOK IN TO GET A PFIZER VACCINE TODAY

Residents aged 16-39 in the 12 LGA’s of concern will be able to book  appointments for two doses of the Pfizer vaccine from 9am on Wednesday at nsw.gov.au for the following clinics: 

Bankstown Vaccination clinic, Bankstown PCYC, Cnr French Ave &, Meredith St

Bayside Vaccination clinic, Novotel Brighton-Le-Sands, Cnr Grand Pde and, Princess St 

Liverpool Vaccination clinic, Ngara Education Centre, (via Governor Macquarie Drive), 52 Scrivener St , Warwick Farm

NSW Health Vaccination Centre, Sydney Olympic Park, 1 Figtree Drive, Sydney Olympic Park 

Prairiewood Vaccination clinic, Prairiewood Youth and Community Centre 194-222 Restwell Rd Prairiewood

Penrith Vaccination Clinic, Penrith Panthers Rugby League Club, 123 Mulgoa Rd, Penrith 

Qudos Bank Arena NSW Health Vaccination Centre, 19 Edwin Flack Ave, Sydney Olympic Park 

Sonic Healthcare Vaccination Clinic, Hurstville, Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre, King Georges Rd &, Forest Rd, Hurstville 

Sonic Healthcare Vaccination Clinic, Sydney CBD, 175 Pitt Street Sydney 

South Western Sydney Vaccination Centre, Glenquarie Town Centre, Corner Victoria Rd and Brooks Street, Macquarie Fields 

Source: NSW Health 

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NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant echoed the premier’s sentiments and said the younger generations were predominantly driving the spread of the virus. 

‘Those younger people are the ones who are going out and working on disability homes, aged care homes, childcare, logistics, freight,’ Dr Chant said.

‘And so this will be an intense effort to get one dose of vaccine into that group as quickly as possible.’

According to Australian government figures, as at August 15, 26.2 per cent of Australians aged 16 or over are fully vaccinated and 48 per cent have had at least one dose.

NSW Health administered a record 36,817 Covid-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday (pictured, a woman receives a Pfizer vaccine in Brisbane last week)

NSW Health administered a record 36,817 Covid-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday (pictured, a woman receives a Pfizer vaccine in Brisbane last week)

NSW Health administered a record 36,817 Covid-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday (pictured, a woman receives a Pfizer vaccine in Brisbane last week)

NSW leads the way with 5,237,678 jabs administered, ahead of Victoria, where just under four million have been jabbed. 

NSW Health administered a record 36,817 Covid-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday with the state aiming for six million jabs in arms by the end of the month.

Meanwhile, Deputy Premier John Barilaro says the government is ramping up vaccination efforts in western NSW with 116 Covid cases there and concerns about vulnerable Indigenous communities.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service and ADF troops are working with NSW Health to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible at pop-up clinics.

‘It is already in those communities and this is what is concerning us,’ he told the Nine Network on Wednesday.

‘The mobility in those communities, the shared homes, the houses, we know that with Delta most of the infection is happening in somebody’s home or visiting somebody.

‘I expect it to spike and I expect it to continue to be a problem and that is why we locked down all of regional and rural New South Wales because it was the only way we could contain this,’ he said.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro (pictured) said the NSW government was ramping-up efforts to vaccinate residents in western NSW with 116 active cases of Covid-19 there

Deputy Premier John Barilaro (pictured) said the NSW government was ramping-up efforts to vaccinate residents in western NSW with 116 active cases of Covid-19 there

Deputy Premier John Barilaro (pictured) said the NSW government was ramping-up efforts to vaccinate residents in western NSW with 116 active cases of Covid-19 there

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 5,237,678 with Gladys Berejiklian saying the state was 'tracking well' to hit six million by the end of the month

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 5,237,678 with Gladys Berejiklian saying the state was 'tracking well' to hit six million by the end of the month

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 5,237,678 with Gladys Berejiklian saying the state was ‘tracking well’ to hit six million by the end of the month

Nationally, NSW is leading the way with 5,237,678 jabs administered, ahead of Victoria, where just under four million have been jabbed (pictured, an AstraZecenca vaccine)

Nationally, NSW is leading the way with 5,237,678 jabs administered, ahead of Victoria, where just under four million have been jabbed (pictured, an AstraZecenca vaccine)

Nationally, NSW is leading the way with 5,237,678 jabs administered, ahead of Victoria, where just under four million have been jabbed (pictured, an AstraZecenca vaccine)

The Royal Flying Doctor Service and ADF troops are working with NSW Health to jab as many people as quickly as possible at pop-up clinics in an effort to boost vaccination rates (pictured, a testing location in West Dubbo)

The Royal Flying Doctor Service and ADF troops are working with NSW Health to jab as many people as quickly as possible at pop-up clinics in an effort to boost vaccination rates (pictured, a testing location in West Dubbo)

The Royal Flying Doctor Service and ADF troops are working with NSW Health to jab as many people as quickly as possible at pop-up clinics in an effort to boost vaccination rates (pictured, a testing location in West Dubbo)

Mr Barilaro admitted that mistakes had been made with the Sydney lockdown that began eight weeks ago.

‘Well, look, I think if you can rewrite history we could have gone harder.

‘It wasn’t that we didn’t do it hard and fast, but the Delta strain has escaped us. We don’t want the same in the bush,’ he said. 

SYDNEY’S LOCKDOWN: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW UNTIL AUGUST 28

Those living in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong must abide by the following: 

* Masks are mandatory in all indoor settings outside the home, including offices and apartment buildings and you must carry a mask with you even if exercising alone. 

* Residents can travel only 5km from their homes – reduced from 10km previously. 

* Exercise and gather in groups of two while outside. 

* Only one member of each household per day allowed to leave the home for essential shopping. 

* No browsing in supermarkets and retail businesses. Shop only for essential items. 

* Funerals are capped at 10, weddings are banned. 

* No car pooling with other households when going out for exercise. 

* There is no curfew but a stay at home order applies, with only four reasons to leave your home . 

* Schools are closed with at-home learning in place, but no child will be turned away if they need to attend in person. 

The new rules are in addition to the stay-at-home orders already in place, which include only leaving the home to:

* Shop for essential items (one person only). 

* Give care and for compassionate reasons (one visitor only). 

* Exercise or for work or education that cannot be conducted remotely. 

People in Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown, Blacktown, Burwood, Bayside, Georges River, Parramatta, Strathfield, and parts of Penrith are under additional restrictions:

* Unless it is an essential service, such as health workers, businesses must give employees the option of working from home.

* Any authorised employees are permitted to leave their suburbs for work. 

* Some authorised workers require a negative Covid test every three days. 

* Face masks must be worn outdoors even if exercising alone.  

 The rest of NSW (including regional areas) is subject to the following restrictions. However, specific areas must also abide by snap lockdown rules similar to Greater Sydney rules when cases are found:

  • Dance and gym classes are limited to 20 people per class and masks must be worn. 
  • No more than five visitors (including children) allowed in homes. 
  • Masks are compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings. 
  • The four-square-metre rule is back for indoor and outdoor settings and drinking while standing at indoor venues is not allowed. 
  • Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs, but dancing is allowed at weddings for the wedding party (no more than 20 people). 

When does the lockdown end?  

  • Stay at home orders apply to Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour until at least August 28. 
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Source: Daily Mail

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