• Tony Bosworth


Twelve Penrith suburbs which sit next to local government areas of high COVID cases are to be locked down tighter from 5pm, with no-one allowed to leave those suburbs, as cases continue to grow.

The tighter restrictions were announced by Premier Gladys Berejiklian this morning.

None of the 12 suburbs butt up to the Hawkesbury, they are all on the Fairfield, Liverpool and Blacktown LGA borders.

The suburbs are Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair, and St Mary’s.

People in these suburbs must only shop for food or other essential goods within 5 kilometres of their home.

They cannot travel to other areas for work unless they are an authorised worker.

Better news for the Hawkesbury which is steady at 3 cases of COVID, according to the NSW Health site (down from 6), so it appears 3 people have now recovered from COVID in our region. That figure was last updated yesterday - Saturday.

Of the new NSW cases, 26 were in isolation for part of their infectious period, while 46 cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 104 remains under investigation.

In good news for Georges River LGA residents, they are likely to come out of the 8 totally locked down suburbs later today, thanks to falling cases there.

Sadly there was one more death overnight of a woman in her 80s who became infected at a Summer Hill aged care home.

There were 95,480 tests across NSW in the last 24 hours.

NSW Health's Dr Jeremy McAnulty said, "in hospital we are seeing large numbers."

There are 362 people being treated for COVID, with 58 of those in intensive care, and 24 of those on ventilators. Of the people in ICU five are in their 20s and seven in their 30s.

Of the 58 people in ICU, 54 had not been vaccinated.

"Young people are getting caught up with this disease," said Dr McAnulty.

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