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NSW reports 207 new local cases and another virus death

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New South Wales has reported 207 new locally acquired cases and another death linked to an aged care outbreak amid fresh appeals from State Premier Gladys Berejiklian to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Let’s make August the month we come forward and get vaccinated,” the Premier said on Monday.

“We have always had a sense of urgency in NSW, and today it is a greater sense of urgency than ever.”

State health officials said a man in his 90s from southwest Sydney had died on Sunday at Liverpool Hospital.

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He had received only one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and his death was the 15th virus-related fatality since the beginning of the latest outbreak on June 16.

The news came as 300 ADF troops on Monday joined NSW Police in patrolling the streets and knocking on doors to ensure greater compliance with lockdown rules in eight local government areas.

The military support was requested by NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller on Thursday when NSW reported a record 239 COVID cases – a figure that was matched again on Sunday.

Of Monday’s 207 new local cases, 105 are linked to a known case or cluster while the source of infection for 102 cases remains under investigation.

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With transmission most often occurring at critical workplaces and among households, 72 cases were in the community for at least part of their infectious period.

Eighty-nine cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and the isolation status of 46 cases remains under investigation.

Thursday’s figures bring the total number of cases linked to the current outbreak to 3634.

State health officials said 232 COVID cases were in hospital, including 54 people in intensive care and 25 people requiring ventilation.

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