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COVID-19 Update: NSW records 262 local COVID cases, 5 deaths overnight


NSW recorded 262 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm last night.

Of these locally acquired cases, 129 are linked to a known case or cluster – 96 are household contacts and 33 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 133 cases is under investigation.

One hundred and ten cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 29 were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Forty-three cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 80 cases remains under investigation.

Six new cases were acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8 pm last night. Six previously reported cases were excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 9,866.

Five people have died in the last 24 hours.

There have been 4,319 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this recent outbreak was reported.

There are currently 290 COVID-19 cases admitted to the hospital, with 51 people in intensive care, 24 of whom require ventilation.

There were 106,954 COVID-19 tests reported at 8 pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 105,578.

NSW Health administered 25,196 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8 pm last night, including 8,232 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 4,137,863, with 1,585,684 doses administered by NSW Health to 8 pm last night and 2,552,179 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59 pm on Tuesday 3 August 2021.

Likely source of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW

Likely source of infection
Cases past 24 hours
Cases past 7 days**
All cases
Overseas 6  15 3,364
Interstate 0 0 91
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 129 834 4,625
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster 0 7 469
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 133 634 1,317
Under initial investigation 0 0 0
Total 268 1,490 9,866

Of the 262 locally acquired cases reported to 8 pm last night, 104 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 84 are from Western Sydney LHD, 42 are from Sydney LHD, 15 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 11 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, three are from Northern Sydney LHD, one is from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, one is from Central Coast LHD and one is from Hunter New England LHD.

Five people have been confirmed to have COVID-19 in the Newcastle area, including four cases notified after 8 pm. Close contacts of all confirmed cases are being tested and will isolate for 14 days.

While the source of infection for these cases continues to be investigated, a gathering on Blacksmith beach on Friday night is believed to be the source of infection for cases in the area.

Please check the NSW Government website regularly, and follow the relevant health advice if you have attended a venue of concern or travelled on a public transport route at the same time as a confirmed case of COVID-19. This list is being updated regularly as case investigations proceed.

There are more than 410 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit: COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP. 

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