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NSW records 18 new COVID-19 cases, lockdown decision likely on Wednesday

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says she hopes to announce on Wednesday whether lockdown will be extended or not.

Ms Berejiklian said decisions would be made “as late as possible” about ending the lockdown for Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

NSW today recorded 18 new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections with two of the cases out in the community while infectious.

The Premier said the state should not feel  “concerned” or “worried” about the future.

“I don’t want anyone to feel worried or concerned, but we are always very honest to say that the Delta strain is different and so that is why we are in the situation we are in but moving forward,” she said.

Ms Berejiklian said she hoped to announce tomorrow whether the lockdown would be extended beyond midnight on July 9 or not.

“I am keen to provide that certainty to people tomorrow. So that people can make arrangements if they need to moving forward,” she said.

“I hope to be able to communicate to the community tomorrow on what next week looks like. So I hope to be able to provide some information tomorrow.

“What I can say is that based on the health advice, the NSW government is not only thinking about when we come out of lockdown, but what coming out of lockdown looks like and then in addition to that, what life looks like until the end of October when we have many more vaccines available.”

Ms Berejiklian said she hoped this would be the “last lockdown” until the majority of residents were vaccinated.

“We only intend for this lockdown to be the only lockdown we go through.

“And that will factor into our decision-making as to whether it finishes on Friday or whether we continue for a period longer.”

Chief health officer Kerry Chant urged residents in Fairfield and Bossley Park to come forward for additional testing after the Club Marconi on Prairie Vale Road was upgraded to a venue of close contact on Friday, June 25, and Saturday, June 26. 

“I would like to see incredibly high testing rates in those communities as we try to identify any unrecognised chains of transmission,” she said.

Anyone who attended the club must now isolate for 14 days, regardless of a COVID-19 test result.

Seven people who attended a party at the Meriton Suite in Waterloo have now tested positive as well as five household contacts.

“Can I genuinely thank the young people who attended that party who have cooperated with our contact traces and given us the information, who have got the message out to their family and friends and have associated with that gathering,” Dr Chant said.

There were 32,136 tests carried out overnight, compared to more than 58,000 tests on Monday.

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