NSW COVID numbers: 207 cases added as Sydney outbreak, lockdown continue

NSW records 207 COVID-19 cases, one death

VACCINATION rates will factor into the NSW decision on whether its lockdown will extend beyond August, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed on Monday.

NSW recorded 207 local cases in Monday's figures, down from Sunday's 239 cases when Ms Berejiklian implored Sydneysiders to make August the month in which they were vaccinated.

Testing hit a record 117,000 on Sunday, which Ms Berejiklian said showed people were staying vigilant.

At least 50 of the newest cases were infectious in the community, Ms Berejiklian said, with workplaces and households the consistent place of transmission.

A man in his 90s from south west Sydney died yesterday at Liverpool Hospital. He had received one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

This was the 15th COVID-19 related death during the current outbreak. There have been 71 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic.

Ms Berejiklian said a combination of cases and vaccination rates would help decide what happened beyond August 29 for the lockdown in Sydney.

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"It's really in our hands how we deal with the cases coming down, but also vaccinations," Ms Berejiklian said.

"Both vaccines are working very effectively. We still don't know of anyone in intensive care who has received both doses."

The latest figures come as Queensland recorded 13 local cases in the numbers to 8pm on Sunday night, prompting that state's chief health officer to call for the state to "lock down harder than we have locked down before".

Its lockdown has been extended until Sunday.

Victoria added two cases on Monday, both linked to the existing outbreak in that state.

Both had been in quarantine while infectious.

Victoria has tightened the NSW border bubble, limiting non-essential movement across state lines.

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