NSW COVID-19 cases update sees Gladys Berejiklian announce the state’s second coronavirus death in just 24 hours
A Sydney woman who was infected with COVID has died as NSW recorded another massive increase in new coronavirus cases.
The woman, aged in her 90s from south east Sydney, died on Saturday, becoming the fourth death of the outbreak.
Another 105 cases were confirmed on Sunday, taking the total number of cases in the outbreak to 1,242.
Of the new cases, 66 are linked to known cases or clusters while 39 remain under investigation.
Sixty-nine of the new cases were in quarantine for their infectious periods.
However, 34 were out in the community for part or all of their infectious period.
There are currently 76 COVID cases being treated in hospital, with 18 people in intensive care, seven of whom require ventilation.
More than 66,000 people came forward for testing in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday.
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said she wants to see testing increase in south west and western Sydney, as well as Wollongong.
“We are seeing cases from across metropolitan Sydney,” she said.
“So every time you leave your house it is critical that you assume you are coming into contact with COVID.
“So can I ask everybody to reflect on their movements in the next fortnight and make sure that you do not come in contact with anyone outside your household group.
“We can’t overemphasise that COVID can lead to illness and death and it can cause deaths in young people, and you can pass on the infection when you don’t have symptoms.
“Just because you are well it doesn’t mean you can’t infect someone else.
“These are really important messages which guide the fact that that is why we are asking households to stay together at this time.”
New restrictions begin
From Sunday, residents in Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool are not allowed to leave their local government area for work unless they are an authorised worker.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian also announced on Saturday that all non-essential retail will close.
Supermarkets, grocery stores, pharmacies, health stores, petrol stations, car hire, banks and financial institutions, hardware stores, agriculture and rural supplies, pet supplies, post offices and newsagents and office supply stores will be allowed to remain open.
Residents across Greater Sydney must now also carry a mask with them when they leave home, with masks mandatory in outdoor work and shopping settings.
From Monday, all construction will be paused across Greater Sydney, including non-urgent maintenance, cleaning services and repair work until at least July 30.