• Tony Bosworth


This week is critical, says the Premier who is not saying just yet if the lockdown will be lifted by Friday, as planned.

There are now five people confirmed with Covid at the Baulkham Hills aged care facility – one of whom hadn’t been vaccinated. The five are all now at Westmead Hospital as a precautionary measure.

The Premier also said some people were not doing the right thing – for example holding parties when they are not allowed to do so under lockdown rules.

“I know everybody is keen to know what is going to happen beyond Friday’s lockdown, as am I,” said Gladys Berejiklian just now - 11.am.

“But what I can tell you with certainty is that the next couple of days will be absolutely critical in allowing our health experts to collate the data that we’ve had in the last week and then to present their advice to government.

“I can say that the lockdown certainly has been effective in not doubling and tripling the figures that we were worried about. It has given our contact tracers the ability to maintain control over the virus but what it has foreshadowed is that unfortunately when a small number of people do the wrong thing it does result in extra cases,” she says.

The Premier also made the point that some people were not doing the right thing – for example holding parties when they are not allowed to do that under lockdown rules.

“Unfortunately, having a party when you’re not supposed to have a party is not doing the right thing.

"Some of the cases today are a result of issues or result of incidents where people have done the wrong thing. I do implore everybody to keep at it. Let’s not give up,” she said.

NSW recorded 35 new locally acquired cases of Covid in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of these locally acquired cases, 33 are linked to a known case or cluster – 20 are household contacts – and the source of infection for two cases remains under investigation.

Two new overseas-acquired cases were recorded in the same period. The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 5790.

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