Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell says since the army was brought in to assist police with checking areas of concern, 7,000 COVID positive cases and close contacts are being checked on every day.
A 31-year-old Bankstown man, who is now in custody, was found to be subject to an outstanding warrant for three counts of failing to comply with a self-isolation direction and was found to be COVID positive.
COVID-positive Sydneysiders still being caught outside of home
A 39-year-old woman from Tregear and a man were approached by police in a stationary car at around 6:30pm on Thursday. The woman had returned a COVID-positive result and been directed to isolate.
Also on Thursday, a 17-year-old youth stole a wallet from a man’s car in Doonside, used the credit cards at nearby stores, was arrested and admitted to being COVID-positive. 
Then on Friday, police were tipped off to the fact that a 27-year-old Parramatta man was not self-isolating. He admitted to being COVID positive and having been active in the community.
NSW records two further COVID deaths
New South Wales recorded 1,035 cases on Saturday – a daily record for any state or territory in Australia.
Two additional deaths were also reported overnight; a woman in her 70s from Sydney’s Nepean-Blue Mountains district and a woman in her 80s from Western Sydney. 
The state’s health system is at breaking point by the growing Delta outbreak as NSW Ambulance issued a “status three alert” on Friday night.
“It means that we are seeing impacts on our ability to respond to the community,” NSW Ambulance Commissioner Dominic Morgan said.
NSW issues permits for hotspot workers
Mr Morgan said there had been so many calls for ambulances in the past three days it was the equivalent as the “busiest New Year’s Eve”.
On Friday alone, he said 450 patients required paramedic assistance for suspected or actual COVID-19 and that it took paramedics 25 minutes to respond to an 18-year-old having a heart attack.
“When we receive calls that do not require an ambulance, it has dire consequences,” he said.
“This is devastating. Wherever possible we need to be avoiding this.”

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