The NSW Premier has given Sydneysiders a stark warning about the planned end date for Sydney’s strict lockdown as cases surge.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has revealed it is “almost impossible” Sydney’s strict lockdown will end as planned on Friday.
The state recorded another huge spike in cases on Monday with 112 new locally acquired infections, taking the total number in the outbreak to 678 since June 16.
At least 84 of the new cases were from southwest Sydney as Covid-19 spreads rapidly in the region.
The particularly concerning health authorities are Fairfield, Smithfield, Bossley Park, Fairfield Heights, Fairfield West, Wakeley, Bonnyrigg, Glenfield and West Hoxton.
The Premier was repeatedly quizzed on Monday as to what might be needed to lift lockdown restrictions, but said she didn’t “want to delve into hypotheticals”.
“I don’t think it is helpful talking about scenarios at this stage but what I have said very clearly is given where the numbers are it is not likely, in fact, (it is) almost impossible for us to get out of lockdown on Friday,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The length of the lockdown will depend on our ability to come together and to follow the health advice across the state.
“None of us wants to be in this situation for longer than we have to be.”
At least 34 of the 112 new cases on Monday were in the community while they were infectious.
Ms Berejiklian said that number would need to be as close to zero as possible before health officials would advise the government to end the lockdown.
“I stress, that is the number that we need to see go down to as close to zero as possible before we can get advice from health to say the lockdown can end,” she said.
“It is critical, that is something all of us have a role to play in, all of us have to make sure that if anyone has symptoms, get tested and stay at home.
“Don’t go to work and under no circumstances should anybody be visiting another household.”
An announcement on an extension to Sydney’s lockdown is expected later this week.