NSW records another 18 cases, Premier tight-lipped on lockdown future

The New South Wales Premier has given her clearest indication that there won’t be good news regarding Sydney’s lockdown.

“New South Wales wants this to be the last lockdown until we get the majority of our citizens vaccinated,” the Premier said while refusing to give any clarity around the looming end date of the two-week lockdown of Greater Sydney.

At the moment, the lockdown is due to finish at midnight on Friday.


However, there were another 18 cases of community transmission diagnosed around the state within the last 24 hours.

Only 11 of those were isolated throughout the entire infectious period, meaning contact tracers will still have to track down more people today.

With just three days of reporting until the current lockdown end, the current trend isn’t looking good for restrictions to be lifted.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian went on to say that “the difference now to what occurred in the last year or so, since we had our other lockdown, is the Delta strain.

“This strain is very different to what we’ve experienced, and if you look at other jurisdictions around the world – we can see that you can’t afford to let this get away from you,” Ms Berejiklian said.

However, when pushed further on the subject of an extension, she refused to give more details, saying that authorities still needed more time to get the best advice moving forward.

“Please know that I can’t give you any more information than I can, because I don’t want to say anything until I’m certain about what the health advice will be and what decisions we’re making,” Ms Berejiklian said.

NSW is expected to provide more details on the future of the lockdown in tomorrow’s update.

Health authorities are pleading particularly with younger people today, to follow isolation orders if they’re given them.

They’re also encouraging all New South Welshman to keep across the ever-changing list of exposure sites on the NSW website.

For the latest health advice in New South Wales, click here.