NSW COVID cases RISE today as Sydney lockdown is EXTENDED in Gladys Berejiklian press conference
New South Wales has reported a rise in the number of daily COVID-19 cases as the lockdown on Greater Sydney is extended for a further fortnight.
There were 97 local cases reported in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday.
Watch the video above to see Gladys Berejiklian announce a lockdown extension
Of those, 36 had no immediate source of infection while 45 were household contacts.
The critical number – being how many were active in the community while infectious – was 24.
Sydney lockdown update
That prompted Premier Gladys Berejiklian to extend the lockdown by a fortnight.
She said a majority of the cases were reported in southwest Sydney but conceded there was a “smattering all over the place”.
“Based on the health advice I said I would provide information on the lockdown,” Berejiklian said.
“And it always hurts to say this, but we need to extend the lockdown for at least another two weeks.”
It is now due to expire on Friday, July 30, but that date is subject to change at the advice of NSW Health.
At-home learning will also continue throughout the extended lockdown.
Seventy of the new cases were diagnosed in southwest Sydney, the majority in Fairfield.
Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant acknowledged most of the cases were close and household contacts but said: “We are still seeing some unlinked cases.”