• Tony Bosworth


Do not leave your home unless you absolutely have to,” says Premier Gladys Berejiklian today at 11am as Covid cases surged overnight.

Cases are going up substantially says the Premier. “I need everyone to be shocked,” she says as she urges people to follow the lockdown rules, which are being tightened from 5pm today - Friday.

There are no reported cases in the Hawkesbury at this stage.

The Premier says it is unlikely the lockdown will be lifted by next Friday July 16 unless numbers of those infectious in the community is down to zero.

"What I can say is that our target has to be zero or close to zero community transmission before we can live a normal life like we did prior to the lockdown."

There were 44 new cases up to 8pm last night, but the important number are the 29 who have been infectious while out in the community - the Premier says that number needs to be at or very near zero before the lockdown is lifted.

“We will be in lock down until we get to zero new number of people infectious in the community,” she says.

“Please assume every time you leave you home you are at risk of getting the virus and giving it to your family,” said the Premier.

She stresses NSW cannot live with the Delta version of the virus because only 9% of us are vaccinated.

She says if we chose to live with this virus – given the low vaccination rates - we will see thousands of hospitalisations and deaths.

“We have 14,000 close contacts today, yesterday there were 7000 close contacts,” says Chief Medical Officer Kerry Chant, revealing the potential spread of the virus.

There are 43 people in hospital. Ten are in Intensive Care Units, four are on ventilators. Of those 10 in ICU, one is in their 20s, one in their 30s, one in their 50s, five in their 60s and two in their 70s, so a very broad age group.

Increased restrictions from 5pm today – you can only exercise in your LGA and for a maximum of 10km from your home.

Only 2 people can exercise together, though if you live in the same house you can exercise together.

Only one person can go out of your home to do essential shopping.

From Sunday only 10 people at funerals.

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