New South Wales has seen a spike in COVID-19 after 35 new cases were recorded overnight with officials criticising those who have been doing the wrong thing.
The result comes after 58,373 tests in the 24 hours to 8pm Sunday.
Of the new cases, 33 are linked to existing cases with 20 of them household contacts.
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Twenty-four were in isolation during their entire infectious period while four were in isolation for part of their infectious period.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the increase in numbers is no surprise.
“We expect the case numbers of people in isolation to keep going up. We know how transmissible or how contagious the virus is,” the Premier said.
“What we are really looking at are the number of people who have still been infectious in the community and what impact that will have in the next few days.
Officials have confirmed that two of the new cases are residents of an aged care facility in Baulkham Hills with one of them not vaccinated.
Three people have tested positive following a gathering at Meriton Suites in Waterloo on June 26 with an investigation now underway.
Contact tracers are still trying to find out exactly how many people were at the gathering but believe it was only a small group.
“I thank the vast majority of our citizens who have done absolutely the right thing. Unfortunately, having a party when you’re not supposed to have a party is not doing the right thing,” the Premier said.
Ms Berejiklian also took a swipe at the 12 Dragons NRL players who have been fined after attending a BBQ at the home of Paul Vaughn
“It is disappointing when anybody does the wrong thing, it doesn’t matter what your profession is. It is just disappointing because every time somebody knowingly does the wrong thing it jeopardise the rest of us.”
Five of the new cases involve passengers on a Virgin flight from the Gold Coast on Saturday 26 June where an infected flight attendant worked.
A student at Rose Bay Public School is also among the new cases.
Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant wouldn’t be drawn on whether Sydney’s lockdown will be lifted on Friday night as planned.
“I’m making no comment until I’ve looked at all the data. Every day brings a new set of data and a new set of challenges and what we think in the morning can change in the afternoon,” Dr Chant said.
“What is most important at the moment is for the community to continue to follow the public health advice, continue to wear masks in indoor environments and continue to come and get tested in the large numbers they have.”
Police have issued 125 infringement notices in the last 24 hours, with a number of those dished out to people at shopping centres.
Eight people from Bankstown were fined after travelling to the Lithgow area on the weekend.