Another 199 cases in NSW but no clear targets for lockdown end

Local coronavirus case numbers might be holding steady in New South Wales but the future of the Greater Sydney outbreak is looking pretty bleak.

199 new locally acquired cares were reported over the last 24 hours to 8.00 pm last night, but at least 50 of those were infectious in the community.

The source of 111 cases is still under investigation.


Health authorities are pleading with people to stay at home, and those leaving for essential reasons are being warned not to venture into the eight local government areas of concern.

Transmission is still largely occurring within households and workplaces within those LGAs, and authorities remain worried that the virus will eventually spread to further communities.

“If you live in suburbs adjoining those eight local government areas, please be extra, extra careful,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned in this morning’s press conference. 

“Don’t go into those eight local government areas unless absolutely necessary.

“But if you have the option, we’re asking everybody not to go anywhere near those eight local government areas unless you absolutely have to.”

It comes as reporters plead for clearer targets for the community to work towards during August, in the hopes of emerging from the lockdown at the end of the month.

But the Premier cannot give any assurances on what happens on August 31.

The challenge for us is we don’t know where the case numbers will be in a month’s name.

“It’s a combination of case numbers plus the vaccination rate that will allow us to consider what restrictions we can ease at that time and therefore it’s really important for us to manage expectations.

“I don’t want to raise expectations because we have a lot of hard work to do between now and 28 August,” Ms Berejiklian said. 

While authorities are hoping to hit a vaccination target of 6 million jabs by the end of the month, the Premier insists that this will be in conjunction with the case numbers at the time.

However, she cannot give a clear number of case numbers that would allow the city to emerge from lockdown.

I’ve said as close to zero as possible for some time but what life looks like on 29 August will be determined by what the case numbers are doing, what the case numbers are, and also by our vaccination rate.

“Obviously the closer you get to zero, you can go to life before the outbreak.

“But if you don’t get to that number by that time, the vaccination gives you some level of protection as to what we can do at that time!”