Sydney's COVID-19 case numbers climb to cluster record.
NSW has recorded 38 locally acquired cases of COVID-19, the highest daily total since Sydney's cluster emerged in June.
The state's premier, Gladys Berejiklian, said while the majority were in isolation, 11 were out in the community while infectious — a number she described as "too high".
NSW recorded 38 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. pic.twitter.com/LipFvnmVTG— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) July 8, 2021
"I want to say in the strongest possible terms, please, please avoid contact with other households, please avoid visiting family and friends because you are not allowed to," the Premier told Thursday's press conference.
"When we talk about providing care or compassion, we are talking about one person visiting someone who might be isolated, dropping off essential services or goods. We are not talking about visiting extended family members, we're not talking visiting friends."
Chief health officer Kerry Chant said 40 cases were in hospital, including 17 people aged under 55 and 10 under 35 years.
Eleven people are in ICU, including one person in their 30s, and three people are being ventilated.
NSW authorities yesterday extended Sydney's lockdown by a further week in an effort to control the cluster. Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas, will remain under stay-at-home orders until 11:59pm on Friday 16 July 2021.
Australia appoints first Indigenous flag bearer at an Olympic Games opening ceremony.
Basketballer Patty Mills says he's overwhelmed to be Australia's first Indigenous flag bearer at an Olympic Games opening ceremony.
Mills and four-time Olympic swimmer Cate Campbell will carry the nation's flag at the July 23 ceremony to open the Tokyo Games.
Mills says it's difficult to digest the enormity of the honour.