New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian hasn’t ruled out tightening restrictions as the Delta variant of COVID runs rampant through Sydney’s south-west.
There were 97 new cases of the virus reported on Friday, with 67 in the South Western Local Health District.
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Concerningly, 29 cases were active in the community throughout their full infectious period.
Berejiklian was asked whether the current lockdown measures were enough to curb that trend.
“There is no doubt that the numbers are not where we would like them,” she conceded.
“I am assuming because we had, in the last 24 hours, at least 29 of those 97 cases infectious in the community, the numbers tomorrow will be greater than what we saw today.”
She said reviews into the restrictions were being received hourly and, if needed, the rules could change.
“Please know that every day on an hourly basis we receive ongoing reviews and we make sure we review, all the time, the settings we have in place.
“If we need to go harder, of course we well.”
Health Minister Brad Hazzard lamented the Delta variant was proving to be challenging, saying it was “a thousand times more infectious”.
“The challenge that has been presented to the Fairfield local government area community is enormous,” he said.
“They are very family orientated.
“I ask them to think about the fact that this Delta variant is just so problematic.”
Transmission between household and close contacts continues to underpin the high daily number of new cases.
Of the 97 new infections, 49 were household contacts and 14 were close contacts.
Worryingly, the source for 34 of the cases was not immediately known.