New South Wales records 818 new local COVID-19 cases

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says New South Wales has recorded 818 new local COVID-19 cases, with at least 42 infectious in the community, and three deaths related to the outbreak.

All three COVID-19 deaths were in their 80s and had underlying health conditions.

“I also wanted to stress this morning that we’re going through the rollercoaster ride of emotions as case numbers go up and down and I don’t want us to focus so much on the numbers going up and down," Ms Berejiklian said during a media conference on Monday.

"Absolutely we want to see the case numbers go down, no doubt about that, and we’re working so hard together to make that possible, but the number we really need to focus on is the vaccination rate.”

Ms Berejiklian revealed a record 738,000 people had been vaccinated in the last week which means the state has reached 5.9 million jabs.

“I’d set a target of 6 million by the end of the month and it looks like we will be at least one week ahead of schedule," she said.