The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has recorded its two biggest days of new infections since April.
While the neighboring city of Victoria has nearly 3,000 active cases, New South Wales has remained relatively virus-free in recent months. But concerns in Australia’s most populous state are increasing due to multiple clusters of infection. NSW has confirmed 38 new infections in the past 48 hours.
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said Monday’s additions all came from “known sources” but warned New South Wales was at a “critical point”.
Like the rest of Australia, NSW has already closed its borders to Victoria – which has experienced a month-long outbreak in the state capital, Melbourne.
Victorian authorities have warned the outbreak could take weeks to subside despite a new lockdown and, for the first time in Australia, a mask-wearing order.
Australia has recorded more than 11,000 cases and 123 deaths.