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.
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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.
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.
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.