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NSW has recorded 77 new local cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours until 8pm Saturday.. Only 32 were in isolation for their full infectious period, nine were in isolation for part of their infectious periods, and 33 were infectious in the community, with three cases still being investigated.
Fifty-five of the cases were linked to a known case or cluster, with 39 being household contacts and 16 close contacts. Twenty-two cases remain under investigation. SEE THE FULL LIST OF LATEST VENUE ALERTS
A southwestern Sydney woman in her 90s has died in hospital after testing positive. She was a close contact of a locally acquired case, who tested positive early on Saturday.
It is believed, but not yet confirmed, that the woman had not been vaccinated.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said NSW should brace for a surge in local infections, and she said she would be “shocked” if the state records less than 100 new cases on Monday and possibly for several days afterwards.
She said the majority of cases have been instances of infected people passing it on to household members or other people they know, so she urged people to continue to leave home only for essentials and to share space only with people in their immediate household.
“Everyone has appreciated that we are in a critical phase … and I am confident we will see that turnaround but we won’t see it yet,” Ms Berejiklian said.
She urged people not to look for loopholes in the lockdown rules, and said she hoped that in coming days when people were infected with Covid-19 they will be able to report to tracers that they have had no close contacts at all.
Commenting on speculation that the NRL may move its entire competition out of NSW, Ms Berejiklian said she appreciated everything done to support the health of people in NSW.
There have now been 566 locally acquired cases of Covid-19 reported since the Bondi clubster first emerged.
There are currently 52 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 15 people in intensive care, five of whom require ventilation.
There were 48,754 tests reported to 8pm Saturday, compared with the previous day’s total of 42,023.
Meanwhile, alerts have been issued for a Sydney Coles and Commonwealth Bank as a senior official warns the state’s lockdown is “very likely” to be extended.
People who have been to Coles in Kareela and Roselands must get tested and isolate for 14 days, after NSW Health on Saturday evening issued alerts for 19 exposure sites, predominantly in southwestern Sydney.
Alerts for Broadway Shopping Centre in Ultimo, Commonwealth Bank in Kogarah and Kmart in Roselands have also been issued.
It comes as NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet concedes the lockdown was “very likely” to be extended beyond Friday, and said Australians would eventually need to learn to “live alongside” Covid-19.
Mr Perrottet he insisted it was “unstainable” to maintain the indefinite threat of lockdowns once vaccination rates increased, saying the UK and US showed it was not possible to “eliminate Covid from society”.
“I know people find that an uncomfortable thing to accept, but that’s just the reality,” he told Sky News.
“We’ve got to get to a point in time where those who want to have a vaccine, get access to one.
“And at that point, we’ve got to open up our society, and have the freedoms that we had operating prior to the pandemic.”
Originally published as Elderly woman dies, as 77 new Covid cases recorded