Startling footage of decontamination tents outside a row of suburban houses has laid bare the reality of Sydney's Delta Covid-19 outbreak.
Of those new cases, 104 were found in south-west Sydney and a further 58 in the city's west.
Health officials have yet to link 126 of the new infections - more than half the day's caseload - to known clusters.
Since the start of the outbreak on June 16, NSW Health has failed to trace the source of 800 coronavirus cases - meaning there could be even more infections in Sydney which have gone undetected in the community.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
A handheld video shared to TikTok on Thursday evening showed at least six white tents set up in front yards in Sentry Drive in Parklea in Sydney's north-west.
The quiet suburban street was put on alert last week after at least five people at the Unisson Disability care home tested positive to Covid-19.
The footage emerged amid warnings Australia could be enduring lockdowns until next year as the country continues its elimination strategy until enough people are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and state premiers will on Friday discuss what percentage of Australians need to be jabbed before the country can live with the virus like flu.
Mr Morrison has said the level will be around 65 or 70 per cent after the UK scrapped restrictions on July 19 with 65 per cent of adults fully jabbed.
'The United Kingdom was at 65 per cent [and now] just over 70 per cent. So these are the sort of levels you're talking about,' Mr Morrison told radio 3AW on Thursday.
He expects all eligible Aussies to be offered their first dose of a vaccine by January, but fears lockdowns may still be required next year.
Since the start of the Sydney outbreak on June 16, NSW Health has failed to trace the source of 800 coronavirus cases. Pictured is a pedestrian in the Waverley LGA in Sydney's east on Thursday
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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said she wants 80 per cent of adults - or 62 per cent of state's population - to be jabbed before opening up.
Until the target is reached, short, sharp lockdowns will be implemented by states in response to a handful of cases to snuff out the virus.
Sydney's lockdown has been extended until August 28 due to a growing Covid outbreak.
A handheld video shared to TikTok on Thursday evening showed at least six white tents set up in front yards in Sentry Drive in Parklea in Sydney's north-west
While the majority of cases are still being found in the city's west and south-west, a new map has shown nowhere in the Harbour City has escaped being exposed to the highly-contagious Delta