• Tony Bosworth

COVID UPDATE – TUESDAY – 18 NEW NSW CASES – DECISION IN 24 HOURS ON LOCKDOWN



Premier Gladys Berejiklian says this morning – 11am – she wants this to “be the last lockdown”.


We will find out tomorrow if the Hawkesbury is coming out of lockdown on Friday or whether the lockdown will be extended.


“I don’t want anyone jumping to any conclusions. We will be analysing the advice,” said the Premier.


Dr Kerry Chant, chief medical officer, says, “please as you move about the community assume everyone has Covid – that will prevent any further cases.”


The Premier also said more young people were coming forward.


“We are noticing more younger people coming through and testing positive,” she said.


Dr Chant said there are 26 Covid patients in hospital, six of those are in Intensive Care Units and two of those are on ventilators. They are people aged in the 50s, 60s, three in their 70s and one in their 80s.


“The lockdown has been successful in not exponentially having cases grow,” the Premier said, adding, "I hope to be able to communicate to the community tomorrow on what next week looks like."


“So I hope to be able to provide some information tomorrow. But every minute we have, every last bit of advice we have supports us in being able to make those important decisions.”


There were 32,000 tests in the last 24 hours, and the government wants it to be around 40,000 minimum.


Both Dr Chant and the Premier are urging everyone to get vaccinated as soon as they can.


“We need to get at least 80% of the population vaccinated,” says Dr Chant.





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