Australia's New South Wales logs biggest rise in COVID-19 cases in weekly
23 June, 2021
Australia's most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), on Tuesday (Jun 22) reported its biggest upsurge in new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in practically weekly, raising prospects of more tough restrictions in the country's most significant city, Sydney.
Ten new locally acquired cases were reported in NSW on Tuesday, as officials fight to include a latest cluster of the highly infectious Delta virus variant.
Tuesday's data includes seven cases recorded after the 8pm cut-off deadline, which is contained in Wednesday's numbers. Six of the seven infections are household contacts of previous cases who've been in isolation.
Authorities linked a driver who transports overseas airline crew members to the most recent outbreak, the first in the state in more than a month, which includes swelled to 21 infections in six days.
In its efforts to quash the outbreak, the NSW government made masks mandatory in Sydney's buses, trains and ferries for five days while urging the city's 5 million residents to use masks indoors.
Swift tracing systems, tough social distancing rules and a high community compliance have kept Australia's COVID-19 numbers relatively low, with just over 30,350 cases and 910 deaths. It has reported zero local cases for most days this year.