COVID-19: Another grim day for New South Wales as Australian state records 415 community cases, four deaths

New South Wales' COVID-19 cases have dropped slightly, registering 415 community cases and four deaths on Sunday.

Of those new cases, down slightly from the 466 reported on Saturday, the source for 276 remained under investigation while 139 were linked to a known COVID-19 cluster. Forty-two were infectious while in the community, NSW Health said.

A woman in her 70s and two women and a man in their 80s were the four recorded deaths. The number of COVID-related deaths since the beginning of the current outbreak now stands at 48.

As it stands, 381 COVID-19 cases are in NSW hospitals - 62 of whom are in intensive care and 24 on a ventilator.

Since the start of the current outbreak in NSW, which began on June 16, 7745 community cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the state.

Earlier, neighbouring Victoria reported 25 community cases of COVID-19 - up from 21 a day earlier, while Melbourne, the state capital, remained in the second week of an extended lockdown.

Of the new cases, 13 had spent time outside while infectious, up from 10 a day earlier, the state's health department said. All but four cases were linked to a current outbreak.

Victoria, home to nearly 7 million people, entered its sixth lockdown since the pandemic began on August 5, weeks after a brief exit from the last one. 

Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday the country had secured about 1 million additional doses of Pfizer Inc's COVID-19 vaccine that will start arriving imminently.

The doses, provided by the Poland government, will be targeted for Australians aged 20 to 39 years old, particularly in Sydney where transmission numbers spiked to record highs on Saturday.

Australia previously contracted for 14 million Pfizer doses, Morrison said.

At a news press conference in Canberra, Morrison expressed thanks to Poland and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. 

Reuters / Newshub.