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NSW records 98 new local COVID-19 cases and one death as tougher restrictions come into force

New South Wales has recorded 98 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and one death, as new restrictions aimed at driving down infections come into force.  Twenty of the new cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday were infectious in the community, and a further 17 were in the community for part of their infectious period. “”Please remember, that is the number we are really keen to nudge.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters on Monday “”We need to get ahead of that number to reduce the cases in the community, and the closer we get that number to zero, the sooner we can end the lockdown. NSW Health on Monday afternoon confirmed a woman in her 50s who had contracted the virus had died. She was a resident of southwestern Sydney and a close contact of a COVID-19 case. She is also the mother of twin removalists who has traveled to regional NSW after being told they had COVID-19.

Her death is the 61st in NSW related to COVID-19 and the fifth of the current outbreak.

Emergency services responded to”“reports of a concern for welfare”” at a house in Green Valley on Monday morning, locating a woman’s body in her 50s inside the home, NSW Police said in a statement.

Of the new local infections, 61 are linked to a known case or cluster, with 43 being household contacts and 18 close contacts. The source of infection for 37 points is under investigation.  There are currently 82 cases of COVID-19 in hospital, with 24 people in intensive care, seven of whom require ventilation.

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