Australia's New South Wales reports 210 locally acquired COVID-19 cases

FILE PHOTO: Commuters wear protective face masks as they enter Central Station following the implementation of new public health regulations from the state of New South Wales, as the city grapples with an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sydney, Australia, June 23, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

SYDNEY (Reuters) – New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, reported 210 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, up from 170 infections a day earlier, as total cases in the latest outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant reached 3,190.

There are 198 people in the hospital, 53 of them in intensive care and 27 requiring ventilation, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said. There was also one death reported, bringing the total number of deaths in the outbreak to 14.

Parts of the neighbouring state Queensland will enter into a three-day snap lockdown on Saturday after the state recorded six new coronavirus cases of the Delta strain, the state’s Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.

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