NSW Premier makes controversial announcement as cases hit record high

The NSW Premier has announced the daily COVID-19 press conferences will be coming to an end, despite the virus crisis continuing to wreak havoc across the state.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed that from Monday, she and her team will no longer be fronting the media daily at 11.00am.

Instead, NSW Health will be publishing daily videos online with the latest coronavirus information.


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“Sunday will be the last day we officially do a press conference in this way,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“I will turn up when I need to but to expect the leader of the government indefinitely to do this every day means that I am not doing my job properly,” she said.

The Premier admitted that she “didn’t know how this would be received” but stressed that reporters would still see her frequently.

“It may be three times a week instead of seven times a week,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“I will speak every time there is something important to say.”

It comes as the state today recorded it’s highest number of COVID-19 cases in a single day, with 1542 new local infections detected.

Sadly, there were also a further nine deaths, including a man in his 30s and a woman in her 40s.

It brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since the latest outbreak began to 162.

There are currently 1,156 cases in hospital, with 207 people in intensive care, 89 of whom require ventilation.

In the past 24 hours, more than 133, 226 people came forward for testing and 31,835 vaccines doses were administered.