NSW has recorded 291 new locally acquired cases, breaking yesterday’s record case numbers.
This is off the back of more than 110,000 tests overnight.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has told Sydneysiders to brace for higher case numbers in the next few days.
“We are likely to see this trend continue for the next few days,” she says.
The Canterbury-Bankstown local government area is seeing the bulk of case growth and police will step up compliance enforcement.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard says the state’s health system is under stress but that’s expected.
“Anybody who thinks the health system in any country where we have a delta variant is not under stress is kidding themselves,” Hazzard says.
“Of course it is under stress but our health professionals are doing a great job.”
He’s told anyone who is attending hospital to ring ahead if they have a cough, cold, temperature or any other symptoms of COVID-19.