Greater Sydney lockdown extended for another two weeks

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Residents in Greater Sydney will remain in lockdown for “at least” another two weeks until 11:59 pm on Friday 30 July, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced.

The NSW Premier warned residents to prepare for a longer lockdown into August despite the two-week extension.

“We can’t afford any setbacks,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned.

All current restrictions, as well home learning, will remain until at least Friday 30 July. 

NSW recorded 97 new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm last night, of which 24 were infectious while in the community. 

That’s from over 65,000 tests overnight. 

The main cases of community transmission are families and workplace contacts.

70 out today’s 97 cases were in south-west Sydney with three quarters coming from the Fairfield local government area (LGA).

Mobility is still high in the Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool areas, with the “vast majority” of cases still coming from south-west Sydney, Premier Berejiklian and chief health officer Kerry Chant announced.

The main areas of concern are Fairfield, Roselands, Rosebury, Canterbury, Belmore, Sutherland Shire, the St George area, Windsor, St Ives, Penrith, and the Bayside LGA.

71 people are in hospital with COVID-19 at the moment, with 20 in the ICU.

The COVID-19 support package announced yesterday by the Commonwealth and NSW governments is designed to assist residents and businesses affected by the lockdown and will be available for other states which find themselves in a lockdown for three weeks.

The package includes mandatory mediation, a 60-day pause to forced evictions of residential tenants, and up to $1500 for eligible landlords and tenants.

Source: ABC News

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