NSW has recorded 141 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday night, and two women have died, including a woman in her late 30s with no pre-existing conditions, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
Thirty-eight cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 14 cases remains under investigation. Of the total cases, 87 are linked to a known case or cluster – 71 are household contacts and 16 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 54 cases is under investigation.
The woman in her 30s is the youngest COVID-19 death recorded in NSW during the pandemic and the eighth death linked to the current outbreak.
“If anybody thinks this is a disease just affecting older people, please think again,” Ms Berejiklian said on Sunday. “I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to those families, their loved ones who are grieving today, but please note that younger people without pre-existing conditions can also fall victim to this cruel disease.”
It comes as two men have been charged overnight after allegedly striking a police horse following an anti-lockdown protest that shut down Sydney’s CBD on Saturday.
NSW Police have set up a strike force to track down more than 3500 protesters who breached coronavirus restrictions and marched through the city to protest lockdowns.
Police charged 57 people and issued 90 fines after crowds clashed with officers as demonstrations converged on major cities across Australia on Saturday. NSW Police have also issued 510 penalty infringement notices in the past 24 hours, many of which have been issued to protesters.
NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said the behaviour of those involved had been “violent, filthy behaviour, risky behaviour, that police will continue to investigate”.