NSW records 30 new COVID-19 cases on first day of lockdown
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a further 30 cases as Millions of people across NSW have entered their first morning of lockdown.
Eleven of those cases were already in isolation and most are linked to known sources. However, several cases were in the community while infectious.
“We ask everybody to keep monitoring the NSW website for the latest information on venues and to respond accordingly,” Ms Berejiklian said.
The Bondi cluster now stands at 110, with a further two cases still under investigation.
"We do anticipate that in the next few days, case numbers are likely to increase even beyond what we have seen today because we are seeing that people in isolation, unfortunately, would have already transmitted to all their house contacts," she said.
“Measure of our success will be to limit the number of people who went out and about into the community with the disease," she said.
"That is why we are in the situation we are in. We are to prevent people from circulating into the community and it is important for all of us to respect the stay-at-home and lockdown provisions that all of us can stay safe."
One case included a person who attended the COVID-19 vaccination centre at Westmead Hospital on Monday.
University of NSW epidemiologist and World Health Organisation adviser, Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, said the tougher restrictions have come “a little too late,” which means residents are now facing a longer period in lockdown.
NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said 15 penalty infringement notices have been issued overnight for a range of incidents related to the new public health orders.
Speaking to media yesterday, Dr Kerry Chant said contact tracers linked a large number of cases to “an unrecognised strand of infection”.