- New South Wales has reported the highest number of single day infections.
- Most cases in the country are locally transmitted.
- NSW mulls to open up pubs, cafes, and restaurants once 70% of the population is vaccinated.
Australia’s financial hub New South Wales (NSW) has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases since the onset of the pandemic, as the third wave continues to surge unabated. The state also reported all the four deaths that the country saw on Sunday, resulting in a grim tally for Australia with its total COVID-19 death toll at 1,003.
Nationwide, on Sunday, there were 1,368 people who tested positive to virus.
While in NSW, of the 157,221 people tested on Sunday, 1,293 turned out to be positive. Of those who tested positive, only three infections came from abroad, while remaining 1,290 were due to local transmission. Of the locally transmitted cases, the source of only 145 cases was known, while for 1,145 it remained unknown.
Cases with an unknown source mean those with COVID-19 who do not know where or how they were infected.
As on date, there are 16,866 active cases in NSW, of which three are interstate patients and 72 have got infected from overseas.
Since the onset of the pandemic, NSW has reported 25,668 cases – almost half of Australia’s 52,000 cases.
The state, on Sunday administered 49,103 doses of vaccine, of which 1,814 were second doses. The state has now administered a total of 2.5 million vaccine doses.
Bouyed by the high rate of vaccination, NSW is considering allowing most shops and hospitality venues to reopen after 70% of the adult population is fully vaccinated – a mark which the government expects to complete within seven weeks.
“In that low-risk area of 70%, which we should hit at about the middle of October, we can go back to things like al fresco dining, you can maybe look at pubs, clubs, cafes and retail reopening,” NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro was quoted saying.
The unabated surge in the Delta variant-fuelled outbreak poses a crucial challenge for Australia, which is racing to vaccinate its citizens so that it can go for a reopening in the face of the monster virus. Meanwhile, it will be crucial to watch how things unfold for the country’s economy in coming months.