NSW records 177 cases of COVID-19 as lockdown extended
Greater Sydney's lockdown will be extended until at least the end of August, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has confirmed.
"NSW or Greater Sydney will be in lockdown for a further four weeks until the 28 August, includes Greater Sydney, Wollongong, the Blue Mountains," she said at the media brifing this morning.
The current stay-at-home orders affecting Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour would be extended for four weeks, until 12:01am on Saturday, August 28.
NSW has reported 177 new local COVID-19 cases, a record daily case total for Sydney’s outbreak. A total of 46 were infectious in the community, while 22 were in isolation for only part of their infectious period. Another person has died, the eleventh COVID-19 related death during the outbreak.
Two new Sydney LGAs will also face harsh new restrictions as the city's virus epicentre shifts. The local government areas (LGAs) of Parramatta, Campbelltown and Georges River have also joined a growing list of areas subjected to an Authorised Workers Order. The restrictions already applied to Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool, Cumberland and Blacktown. Only authorised workers in these areas may leave their LGA for work.
Authorised workers must get COVID-19 tests every three days but due to declining infections in Fairfield, only aged care and health workers in this area must get tested every 72 hours.
The Premier has given a grim warning to those who continue to visit family members outside their own household.
Ms Berejiklian also indicated further financial support for NSW residents and businesses. The Premier said the Prime Minister would make an announcement about further support for individuals who’ve lost work, later today.