COVID cases in NSW announced as Greater Sydney enters fifth week in lockdown

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New South Wales has recorded another 145 cases of coronavirus as Greater Sydney enters its fifth week in lockdown.

Of the new cases announced on Monday, 51 were infectious in the community.

More than 98,000 people came forward for tests in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday.

There are currently 156 COVID cases in NSW being treated in hospital, 44 of which are in intensive care.

Eighteen people are being ventilated.

Since June 16, more than 2200 people have contracted the virus in NSW.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant emphasised transmission of COVID was still being driven by ongoing contact between households.

“It is such a highly infectious strain of the virus and because we are tackling an issue that whenever we get to a case in a family, the family’s already been infected or inevitably over the next couple of days will become positive,” Chant said.

She also added that “the future is driven by our vaccination coverage”.

Stay-at-home orders

More than five million residents in the state are currently under stay-at-home orders, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian shooting down reports the lockdown will be extended until mid-September.

“I don’t know who came up with that date,” the premier told Sunrise on Monday morning.

“This week we’ll be communicating what life beyond July 31 and for the next few weeks looks like.

“Our government’s mission is to keep our population safe, but also to allow us to live as freely as possible – and that’s the balance we need to find in the next few weeks.”

Berejiklian urged Sydneysiders to abide by the public health orders, saying: “the quicker all of us stick to the rules, the quicker all of us get out of this.”

This is a developing story. More to come.

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