COVID case numbers continue to soar, with the Shoalhaven, Shellharbour and Wollongong areas all recording their highest daily case numbers as NSW experiences d its deadliest day of the pandemic.
The Shoalhaven recorded 419 new COVID cases in the 24 hours to 8pm Tuesday, including 198 in the 2540 area, and 103 in the 2541 postcode.
There were 131 new cases in the Kiama local government area, 467 in Shellharbour and 1152 in Wollongong among a record 2169 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.
The number of COVID patients in the district's hospital grew from 74 to 93 in the 24 hours.
Across the state there were 34,759 new COVID cases in the 24 hours, and 21 COVID-related deaths including two people from the Wollongong area, four from south western Sydney, four from the Northern Beaches, four from south eastern Sydney, one from Inner Sydney, two from western Sydney, two from the Newcastle area and two from northern Sydney.
One person was aged in their 30s, one was aged in their 40s, two were aged in their 50s, four were aged in their 60s, six were aged in their 70s, four were aged in their 80s, two were aged in their 90s and one person was over 100.
Of the 21 people who died 12 were vaccinated, eight were not vaccinated and one person had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
There are currently 2,242 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 175 people in intensive care, 54 of whom require ventilation.
The vaccination push is continuing with 93.7 per cent of people in NSW aged 16 and over, and 78.1 per cent of teenagers aged 12 to 15 fully vaccinated.
In addition the first two days of vaccinations for young children resulted in 1.8 per cent of children aged five to 11 receiving their first vaccination dose.