MELBOURNE, 11 July: Australia reported its first coronavirus-related death of the year on Sunday and a 2021 record 77 new cases of the virus in the state of New South Wales, which is battling an outbreak of the highly infections Delta variant.
State Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the numbers in and around the country’s biggest city Sydney, which is in a three-week lockdown, are expected to rise further in coming days.
“I’m anticipating the numbers in New South Wales will be greater than 100 tomorrow,” Berejiklian told a televised briefing. “I will be shocked if it is less.”
On Saturday there were 50 cases, the previous 2021 record high in Australia. This takes the recent outbreak to 566 cases.
Of Sunday’s cases, 33 were people who had spent time in the community while they were infectious, deepening concerns that the lockdown of more than 5 million people in Sydney and surroundings will be extended.
Federal Minister for Planning and Development and Head of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) Asad Umar on Friday said that they have clear signs of forth COVID-19 wave hitting the country.
Taking to Twitter to share the news, Asad Umar said that two weeks back, he had shared their artificial intelligence models are showing possible emergence of the fourth wave.“Now there are clear early signs of 4th wave starting,” he said and blamed it on the poor SOP compliance.