Greater Sydney lockdown extended two weeks as 97 new cases recorded

Photo: File
Photo: File

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has extended the Greater Sydney lockdown a further two weeks, until July 30.

Home learning will be required for school students during that period after the state recorded 97 cases of community transmission to 8pm last night, 24 of which were infectious in the community.

On the back of the Greater Sydney restrictions being extended, current restrictions in place in regional NSW will also continue.

Ms Berejiklian said the Fairfield local government area, which had "three quarters of the cases", had reduced its mobility in a promising sign.

"We need those adjoining council areas ... to also reduce their mobility," she said.

"That means stay home. Don't leave the house unless you absolutely have to."

There were 65,322 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 49,055.

Of the locally acquired cases, 61 were linked to a known case or cluster, 45 were household contacts and 16 were close contacts.

The source of infection for 36 cases remained under investigation.

Sixty cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and seven cases were in isolation for part of their infectious period.

Twenty four cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of six cases remain under investigation.

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Two new overseas-acquired cases were recorded in the same period.

The current outbreak has seen 864 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June, when the first case in the Bondi cluster was reported.

There are currently 71 cases admitted to hospital, with 20 people in intensive care, four of whom require ventilation.

Of those in ICU, one person is in their 20s, two are in their 30s, two are in their 40s and five are in their 50s.

Of the 97 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm, 70 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 14 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, five are from Sydney LHD, four are from Western Sydney LHD, two are from Northern Sydney LHD and two are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD.

Rules for regional NSW

  • Face masks must worn by those over 12 years old in all indoor, non-residential areas, including public transport.
  • One person per four square metres for indoor and outdoor settings
  • No more than five guests, including children, visiting households
  • No drinking while standing at indoor venues
  • No singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worship
  • No dancing at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs. At weddings, only the wedding party of no more than 20 people can dance
  • Dance and gym classes limited to 20 people per class, and masks must be worn
  • Events held in entertainment facilities and major recreation facilities are limited to the 1 person per 4 square metre rule, or 50 per cent seated capacity

Rules for Greater Sydney

People cannot leave their homes unless it is for one of four reasons:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services. Browsing in shops is prohibited, and only one person per household, per day may go out shopping.
  • Medical care or compassionate needs, including getting a Covid-19 vaccine
  • Exercise outdoors is restricted to two people, who cannot travel further than 10km from their home or local government area.
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home