Sumary of NSW braces for more COVID-19 bad news:
- Four weeks since the NSW government locked down four Sydney local government areas, the state is bracing for daily coronavirus case numbers to exceed the outbreak high of 124.”We anticipate case numbers will continue to go up before they start coming down and we need to brace ourselves for that,” Ms Berejiklian said on Thursday.
- The lockdown of Greater Sydney was extended to July 30.But with the government aiming to get the number of people infectious in the community as close to zero as possible, stay-at-home orders are not likely to lift that soon.
- The lockdown now extends beyond Sydney and surrounds to Orange and other areas in the state’s central west.
- “There are no known cases in this area, which is of great concern”, it said, urging people in those areas to be vigilant for virus symptoms and if they appear to get tested and isolate until a negative test is received.
- NSW has recorded 1648 local cases since the current outbreak began on June 16 with the case of an unvaccinated limo driver.
- As infection numbers have risen for the past two days, the premier has protested that the impact of heightened restrictions announced on Saturday won’t be seen until this weekend at the earliest.
- She refused to be drawn on what her government would do if even shutting down construction and the other harsh new measures did not push case numbers down.