Sydney, Australia, July 11 ??(EFE).- Australia registered its first Covid-19 death on Sunday in almost three months, officials said.
The fatality took place in New South Wales, where health officials detected 77 new infections.
It is the highest number of daily infections this year despite a lockdown since June 26.
According to the ABC TV network, the victim was a nonagenarian woman who died Saturday in a Sydney hospital a day after testing positive for the virus.
New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian told the media that infections in Sydney and its surrounding areas would continue to increase in the coming days.
It comes after the state saw the maximum number of coronavirus infections for two consecutive days.
“Given the number of people exposed in the community overnight, I am anticipating the numbers in New South Wales will be greater than 100 tomorrow,” Berejiklian said.
“I will be shocked if it is less than 100 this time tomorrow.”
The prime minister said the lockdown in Greater Sydney was “highly unlikely” to be lifted on July 16 as planned earlier.
The government had imposed restrictions in Sydney and surrounding areas on June 26.