NSW recorded 44 locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm yesterday. Of the 44 new community cases, 29 were either partially or fully exposed to the community.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said “that is the number that is really concerning us” and that “it tells us those numbers are going to go up” in coming days.
“This is the opposite of where we need or want the numbers to trend.”
Tightening of restrictions for Greater Sydney:
Following this news, Berejiklian announced further tightened restrictions for the areas already in lockdown, saying with the current vaccination levels “we will see thousands and thousands of hospitalisations and death” if the virus is allowed to circulate.
From 5pm today (Friday, 9 July) the following additional restrictions will be in place:
- Outdoor public gatherings limited to two people (excluding members of the same household);
- People must stay in their Local Government Area or within 10kms of home for exercise and outdoor recreation, with no carpooling between non-household members;
- Browsing in shops is prohibited, plus only one person per household, per day may leave the home for shopping;
- Funerals limited to ten people in total (this will take effect from Sunday, 11 July).
The four reasons to leave your home remain in place:
- Shopping for food or other essential goods and services (one person only);
- Medical care or compassionate needs (only one visitor can enter another residence to fulfil carers’ responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons);
- Exercise with no more than 2 (unless members of the same household);
- Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.
Restrictions in regional NSW will remain unchanged.