Covid: 633 cases “Haven’t seen the worst of it”

Filed in Just In by August 18, 2021

NEW South Wales has recorded 633 new cases of covid-19 in the past 24 hours and Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned, “we haven’t seen the worst of it yet.”

There have been three more deaths including a man in his 60s who was unvaccinated and two men in their 70s, one was unvaccinated and the other had only received one dose.

There are now 462 people in hospital with covid-19, 77 are in intensive care and of those 25 are ventilated.

Dr Kerry Chant said of the people in intensive care there are teenagers and people in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

Dr Chant pleaded the urgency of the situation and said the people in the ICU were “at a real and material risk of death.”

In the Hunter New England Health area the following cases were identified:

  • 10 in Newcastle
  • 2 in Maitland
  • 3 in Lake Macquarie

Overnight there have been an additional 23 cases in western NSW:

  • 17 in Dubbo,
  • 3 in Wilcannia
  • 1 in Mudgee
  • 1 in Naromine
  • 1 in Gilgandra
  • 1 in Burke and
  • 1 in Broken Hill

Other cases include: 4 in Illawarra/Shoalhaven, 3 in Shellharbour and 1 in Wollongong.

Sewerage testing: The virus has been identified in Bathurst, Orange, Wollongong, Yamba, the Central Coast and the mid-north coast.

Read more: Vaccination rates by postcode.

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