It’s Official, NSW Lockdown Is Extended As Community Transmission Remains High
97 New Covid Cases
Gladys Berejiklian confirmed Greater Sydney will remain locked down and home learning will continue for the next two weeks.
“We need to extend the lockdown at least a further two weeks, from Friday the 15th of July to Friday the 30th of July, that includes home learning, she said.”
The news comes as the state recorded another 97 new COVID-19 cases until 8 pm Tuesday night.
24 were infectious in the community, with Gladys noting that the number needs to near zero in order for the lockdown to end.
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant says testing rates need to be higher in general but also particularly in the South-Western regions.
“The areas of concern are Fairfield local government area, Roselands, Rosebury, Canterbury, Belmore, Sutherland Shire, the St George area, Windsor, St Ives, Penrith and Bayside local government areas,” she said.
All essential workers in Greater Sydney are required to complete mandatory testing from this weekend onwards. Confusion over the rules sparked hysteria in Fairfield with bumper-to-bumper traffic at the local testing hub Tuesday afternoon causing major delays up to 4 hours long.
Berejiklian said she's very pleased testing rates are increasing with an incredible 65,000 tests recorded in the last 24 hours. She also praised the Fairfield area for its dramatic decrease in community movement as well.
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