Greater Sydney lockdown extended as NSW records 27 new cases

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.

“They are the numbers we are looking at when it comes to determining the length of the lockdown,” the Premier said, referring to the number of people still infectious in the community.

“That is why the New South Wales government, based on the health advice, which is our key indicator, made the difficult decision to announce the extension of the lockdown and the existing restrictions in the regions for one week further until Friday midnight, 16 July.”

“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 Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool in particular to limit their movements outside of the home as much as possible.

“We have seen overnight some concerning statistics on what is happening in the Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool council area,” the Premier said.

“Can I say to the communities in those areas, many have a similar background to me, please don’t mingle with family.

“I haven’t seen my parents since the lockdown started – it is hard. Don’t think it is OK to visit your cousins or have sleep overs.

“Please, in those three local government areas limit your movement.”

Ms Berejiklian said the Government doesn’t want to go to the next stage, but admitted they are “considering it if there are any further actions we need to take in those local government areas.”

“So can I just stress please know that you might think you are doing the right thing by visiting loved one, you might think you are doing the right thing by babysitting other’s children or whatever but the key message in the Fairfield, Canterbury- Bankstown and Liverpool local government areas is please do not leave the house.

“I am pretty certain that most of us have stocked up on groceries for the next month or so, we probably have more things than we need, so please avoid leaving the house,” the Premier stressed.

More than 45,000 people in NSW came forward for testing in the past 24 hours.