COVID UPDATE – SATURDAY – 35 NEW NSW CASES – NO HAWKESBURY CASES OR VENUES REPORTED
NSW recorded 35 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, of which 29 are linked to previously confirmed cases.
Five new overseas-acquired cases were recorded in the same period, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5737.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said just now - 11am Saturday – she was pleased with the relatively low numbers, not least because only nine of the new cases had been infectious while out in the community.
She urged everyone to continue obeying the lockdown rules for this coming week – which will be the last week if numbers of new infections can be kept low.
“Please let’s not give up now when we are doing well. Today the weather is great and I ask everybody to make sure you respect the rules we put in place [if you are going out to exercise],” said the Premier.
“If you do want relief from your home today, if you have been staying at home and doing the right thing, please avoid shopping centres or indoor areas.
“If you do feel you need to get out of the house for exercise, please go outdoors. The weather is great. We know the virus transmits less when you’re outdoors, and please make sure you keep good social distance,” she said.
“The next few days are critical. Let us not give up, but instead keep respecting what the stay-at-home orders and the lockdown mean.”
She asked people to avoid indoor shopping centres as much as possible and to ensure proper social distancing.
There have been 261 locally acquired cases reported since June 16, when the first case of the Bondi cluster, a driver who transported international flight crew, was reported. Of these, 207 are now directly linked to other cases in the Bondi cluster.
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