More than 100 people in New South Wales are receiving hospital care for coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases in Australia soared to 2,996 overnight.
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said there were at least 1,405 COVID-19 cases in the country’s worst hit state on Friday morning.
Dr Chant said 877 patients are return travellers and 278 cases had been transmitted locally through close contact with an infected person or a known coronavirus cluster.
NSW Health stressed their concern about 145 cases transmitted locally with an ‘unknown source’.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the state is at a ‘critical stage’ as the number of coronavirus cases continue to increase in NSW.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 2,996
New South Wales: 1,405
Western Australia: 231
South Australia: 235
Australian Capital Territory: 53
Northern Territory: 12
TOTAL CASES: 2,996
‘The one figure that we are most worried about is the number of people that are getting it within the community,’ she said.
‘That’s why it is so important that all of us maintain social distancing if we have to be out and about.
‘All of us don’t do anything unless we have to outside of our homes and make sure those most vulnerable don’t leave their homes.
‘This is a stage where all of us have to be extremely vigilant in making sure we do the right thing and encouraging everybody else to do right thing.
‘And in the case of my parents, I haven’t let them out of the home and I won’t.’
Ms Berejiklian encouraged the vulnerable to call Service NSW if they need assistance.
Dr Chant said 134 people in NSW were receiving care for COVID-19.
There are 19 in ICU, 53 in hospital wards and 62 being treated at home.
More to come