While new case numbers are down from yesterday, the number of those in hospital has risen to 187. There are 58 people in intensive care and 24 of those are on ventilators.
“Very sadly, we are seeing more families coming in with a family member who is presenting not alive but dead,” Health Minister Brad Hazzard said, in a grim warning to encourage people to avoid spreading the deadly strain between households.
A total of 2152 people have tested positive since the beginning of the Delta outbreak.
Ms Berejiklian said she would fight for more vaccines for NSW in National Cabinet today, along with pushing for the state to be given its share ahead of schedule.
“I don’t want any issue of holding back on vaccines for months,” she said.
“If the vaccines are in Australia, we want NSW to get its share because that will help us in keeping people out of hospital, but also slowing the spread and a chance of freedom.”
A new mass vaccination hub has been announced for Sydney with Qudos Bank Arena set to be up and running by August 9.
The hub will first be used to vaccinate year 12 high school students from Sydney’s eight areas of concern before being opened to the broader public.
“There are about 20,000 students who will be getting them done from the Monday to Friday,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Pleasingly once we’ve jabbed the year 12 students in that week, after that point, it will become another mass vaccination hub,” she said.
At least 66 of those were infections in the community.
Warning against protests this weekend
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has warned that people protesting anywhere in Sydney over the weekend will be met by “up to 1000 police”.
“Coming into town to protest is not the answer,” he said.
“If you think you can splinter from that and protest somewhere else in Greater Sydney, that force will be mobile and will be waiting for you.
“You have been given plenty of warnings.”
Ms Berejiklian has reinforced the government’s appeal to people not to attend any protest action tomorrow.
“It’s going to prolong the pain for all of us,” she said.
“Surely you care about your loved ones.
“Don’t give them a death sentence.”
In pictures: Anti-lockdown protests
Commissioner Fuller said the strike force investigating last week’s protests had so far “locked up” 60 people and issued more than 200 infringement notices, and he expected that number to grow.
“If you turn up, you can expect the same sense of force,” Commissioner Fuller said.
Commissioner Fuller said police had to “expect” a protest this weekend but did not expect it to be as large as Saturday’s.
He fears it could still be violent.
“Protesters are using chats and other forums, so it has been more complex to work out numbers, but it is a very similar type of intelligence summary to what we saw leading up to last week,” he said.
It comes as police ramp up their compliance efforts across Greater Sydney as the state prepares for another month in lockdown.
Commissioner Fuller said a COVID-positive man had gone to work on a building site.
A compliance check at the man’s home revealed the breach this morning.
Commissioner Fuller said the information from the family was that the “young man” knew he had COVID-19.
“One person could spread the virus,” he said.
“All the workers go home and spread it to their families so again, just one example of why we need to ensure compliance checks.”
Positive case nearly attended protest
A person who “attempted” to attended last weekend’s protests has since tested positive to COVID-19, sparking warning from the state’s Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant.
She said no documented cases of COVID-19 had been noted as having attended the protest, but that people could have not revealed their presence.
However, one positive case who “attempted” to attend developed COVID-19 afterwards.
“They did not know they had COVID,” she said.
“If that person would have attended the protest, they would have been infectious.
“We’re just working with police to ascertain whether that person did attend.
“The police did indicate they had turned the person around and they had given an infringement notice.
“We are working through that issue.”
The Roselands clinic has seen large numbers turn out from early this morning, with three queues of cars waiting for their turn.
The 24-hour clinic has seen a steady stream of people coming forward for a swap through the night, as cases rise across the region.
From today, all adults will be able to get vaccinated against coronavirus with AstraZeneca from one of the NSW Health clinics, in response to the state’s skyrocketing COVID-19 cases.
The government has opened-up walk ins and bookings to meet the growing demand for vaccines as Greater Sydney battles the highly contagious Delta variant.
Australian Defence Force personnel will be out in force across all eight hotspot LGAs enforcing stay at home orders and making sure close contacts of positive cases are adhering to mandatory isolation.
Police are also warning people across Greater Sydney they will be more visible from today, increasing fines for those in breach of the rules.
The rising number of cases has prompted advisory group ATAGI to recommend all adults in Greater Sydney “strongly consider” taking the AstraZeneca vaccine in response to ongoing community transmission and limited Pfizer supplies.
On Wednesday selected pharmacies across Sydney began offering AstraZeneca for walk-ins for those aged 18 and over.
The mass vaccination hubs include clinics at Sydney Olympic Park, Macquarie Fields and Sydney’s CBD.
The NSW Government is encouraging people to go online to book via its eligibility checker tool, but most locations say appointments are within the next 30 days or that none are currently available.
Meanwhile, new mask rules are now in place across all of the eight risk-risk LGAs which include Parramatta, Georges River, Campbelltown Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland and Blacktown.
Masks must be worn outdoors at all times, even when exercising.