Covid Australia daily stats update: record spike in NSW cases and Indigenous vaccination rates lagging

Cases in New South Wales continued to climb on Wednesday, with the number of new daily locally acquired cases hitting a record 633.

In Victoria, there were 24 new locally acquired cases, with the majority in isolation throughout their infectious period.

The outbreak in the ACT continues, with 22 new local cases reported on Wednesday, with all linked to an existing case or outbreak cluster.

NSW update

The isolation status for the majority of NSW cases was unknown, with the proportion of such cases reaching a new high of 70.6% of the total.

NSW Covid cases by isolation status

The trend in locally acquired case numbers continues to climb, and the premier, Gladys Berejiklian, highlighted in the daily press conference that the effective reproduction rate (R eff) of the virus in NSW at the moment is too high, with estimates putting the number at 1.2. This means that the spread will continue to increase until R eff is brought below 1 – for a detailed explanation of how this works, see our interactive explainer on R and coronavirus spread.

Trend in local and overseas-related transmission of Covid-19 in NSW, last 60 days

Victoria update

In Victoria, where strict new lockdown conditions have recently been announced, the number of cases that were not in isolation appears to be either plateauing, or reducing:

Victorian Covid cases by isolation status

Chart of the day: Indigenous vaccination rates

Vaccination rates for Indigenous Australians are lagging behind in every state and territory except Victoria, with Western Australia having the largest gap between the Indigenous rate and the overall rate.

In Victoria, an estimated 47% of the Indigenous population aged 16 and over has been vaccinated, which is almost double the vaccination rate for the total population.

Indigenous vaccination rates lag behind the total rate in most states and territories

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