The Greater Sydney lockdown has been extended by one week, with authorities still highly concerned about the ongoing cases of community transmission of COVID-19.
The extension of the stay-at-home order for Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour, also comes after the state recorded 27 new local virus cases in the past 24 hours.
Of the locally acquired cases, 18 are linked to a known case or cluster, seven are household contacts and 11 are close contacts.
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The source of infection for nine cases remains under investigation.
Concerningly, only 13 of today’s new cases were in isolation, with 14 out and about in the community while potentially infectious.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the decision to keep residents house-bound until 11.59pm on Friday, 16 July was based on health advice.
“Our first and foremost priority is to protect the health and safety of the community.
“The delta strain requires a different response to previous outbreaks, and until the majority of our population is vaccinated, we cannot live as freely as we would like to”.
Face to face learning will resume in regional NSW when school returns on Tuesday, 13 July, while students in Greater Sydney will return to online learning for four days.
However, NSW Health confirmed schools will remain open for students who need them.
The Premier has pleaded for people living in the local government areas of
Ms Berejiklian said the Government doesn’t want to go to the next stage, but admitted they are “considering it
leave the house.
More than 45,000 people in NSW came forward for testing in the past 24 hours.