Labor's health spokesman Ryan Park has sent a strong message to Premier Gladys Berejiklian after a record number of new cases across the state.
NSW recorded 319 locally acquired cases to 8pm last night and five deaths. There were no new cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven.
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"Today's numbers are horrific, it is a very dark day in NSW's history," he said.
"My sincere thoughts, prayers are with the families of those five people who have tragically lost their lives to COVID-19.
"That brings the total number to 27, with one case being looked at by the coroner.
"If we were in a boxing match then the community's on the canvas and the referee is giving us the count, because what we are doing at the moment is not working."
The Keira MP urged the NSW Government to be more transparent with its health information and modelling.
"What we want to hear from the Premier today is whether she remains committed to zero transmissions, or close to zero transmissions, in our community," he said.
"That's what we expect to be working towards. If that has changed we want to know from her why that has changed.
"We want her to explain whether the zero transmissions goal is now something we're no longer aiming for.
"We firmly believe that it's time the government release the health advice, release the modelling and shows us the plan to get us out of here at the end of August."
Mr Park said the community deserved to know the government's "pathway" for getting out of lockdown.
Greater Sydney including Wollongong and Shellharbour will remain in lockdown until at least August 28 at this stage.
It was time for the state government to reach out to other state governments, and the federal government, he said, to urgently ask for more resources.
"The NSW Government needs additional resources now," Mr Park said.
"We need an urgent recruitment for additional contact tracers; we need more pop up vaccination hubs; and we need a lot more testing clinics - especially across south west and western Sydney.
"We cannot wait. At the moment we are losing the battle against this virus."
Mr Park said he continued to have discussions with Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Dr Kerry Chant about easing restrictions for Wollongong and Shellharbour - given low to no recent cases of community transmission respectively.
"We know that people don't want to be in lockdown, we do need to keep people safe, but we understand it's an issue that's important to many local families and business owners and that's why we'll continue to raise it," he said.
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