The Greater Sydney lockdown has been extended for at least another two weeks as the state’s COVID-19 crisis continues to spread out of control.
It comes after NSW recorded 97 new locally acquired coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.
Of today’s new cases, 61 are linked to a known case or cluster, while the source of infection for 36 cases remains under investigation.
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Concerningly, 24 cases were out and about in the community while infectious, with seven cases in isolation for only part of their infectious period.
The isolation status of six cases remains under investigation.
Due to the ongoing number of infectious cases in the community, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has confirmed residents in Greater Sydney will remain in lockdown for an additional two weeks from this Friday.
“It always hurts to say this, but we need to extend the lockdown at least a further two weeks until 11.59pm on Friday 30 July,” the Premier said.
“We are constantly reviewing the health advice and will continue to update the community if any changes are required.”
This means the restrictions currently in place across Greater Sydney, including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Woolongong and Shellharbour will remain in place until this time.
Online learning for students in Greater Sydney will also continue for an additional two weeks.
While restrictions in regional NSW remain unchanged.
More than 65,322 people in NSW came forward for testing in the past 24 hours, up on the previous day’s total of 49,055.