Australia’s New South Wales reports record 1,218 COVID-19 cases

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, reported a record 1,218 locally acquired COVID-19 infections on Sunday, exceeding the previous day’s record of 1,035.

Six more people have died in the current outbreak of the highly transmissible Delta variant, which began in the state in mid-June. There are 813 people now in hospital, 126 of them in intensive care, the New South Wales health ministry said on Twitter.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Editing by William Mallard)

Photo – People wearing face masks cross an empty street in Melbourne, Australia, 29 August 2021. The state of Victoria has recorded 92 new cases of locally acquired Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. EPA-EFE/JAMES ROSS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT