New South Wales records more than 900 new COVID-19 cases in Australian first

New South Wales has recorded more than 900 new cases of COVID-19, the highest new number the state has seen.

The state recorded 919 new cases and two more deaths from the virus in the last 24 hours - one of whom was a woman in her 30s.

Her death has been referred to the coroner.

The other death was a man in his 80s who died in hospital.

Of the new cases 178 were associated with a known cluster but 741 could not be linked. Just 106 were in isolation during their infectious period.

The surge in cases follows a huge compliance issue for the country, with more and more people refusing to follow government health orders. 

Many states, including the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria are still in lockdown - but getting people to stay put is another issue. 

In the last 24 hours, there has been another anti-lockdown protest, an infectious man on the run from the police and a church service that racked up $30,000 in fines.

Hospitals are overwhelmed with 645 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 113 people in intensive care and 40 of whom require ventilation.