Sydney/NSW records 29 new community cases on day 1 of partial lockdown. Video / ABCMillions of NSW residents will go into lockdown tonight in the state’s latest attempt to stamp out Covid-19 infections spreading across greater Sydney.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced further rules for NSW as infections in the state increased to 82 cases.
From 6pm today, all of Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Wollongong will go into lockdown until midnight on July 9.
This means residents will only be able to leave their homes for four reasons:Work or education which must be done outside the homeTo seek medical attentionOutdoor exerciseCare or compassionate grounds
Berejiklian made the announcement this afternoon after NSW recorded 29 new community Covid infections earlier today – the biggest rise in daily cases since the latest outbreak began. Seventeen of those cases were announced yesterday.
Cases were identified beyond the four council areas that went into lockdown last night: Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick and City of Sydney.
NSW recorded 29 new locally acquired cases of #COVID19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. This includes 17 cases which were announced on Friday morning.
— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) June 26, 2021
Infectious cases in community for ‘days’
Speaking about the factors which led to the decision, NSW’s chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said there have been a large amount of unknowingly infectious cases in the community for “a number of days”.
According to Chant, contact tracers were able to identify a missing link between exposure venues which “unearthed a large number of cases”. Among this was a workplace cluster, and other cases which have been linked to that transmission.
Speaking to the media this morning, Berejiklian stressed that NSW may need to extend restrictions in light of today’s news.
“I will confirm that I will be holding a crisis cabinet meeting today to discuss the health advice with my colleagues and senior public servants so that we can advise the community if we need to take any further action.
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“I am putting everybody on notice that we may need to extend that during the course of the day or tomorrow.
“Some of [the new] cases may have been exposed for a number of days without the person knowing they had the virus, and that where our concern is. And that’s what we will be looking at in the next few hours.”

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