NSW lockdown news on tap for Wednesday as Gladys Berejiklian offers update on number that will initiate extension or lifting

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Harsh restrictions will likely replace the lockdown when it lifts – as the premier reveals the key number to opening up.

Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Wollongong have been in lockdown since last Saturday.

The measures are due to be eased at 11.59pm on Friday.

But stubbornly high daily COVID cases have cast that timeline into doubt.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says that, regardless of when the lockdown does lift, life won’t revert immediately to pre-lockdown habits.

Life after lockdown will be a very new normal, the premier has flagged. Credit: DAN HIMBRECHTS/AAPIMAGE

“I anticipate that when we do come out of the lockdown it won’t be what life looked like necessarily before we went into lockdown,” she said.

“But what New South Wales has a track record of is not burdening our citizens unless we absolutely have to, and that is certainly our attitude moving forward.

“So we are looking at a scenario where we don’t burden our citizens more than we have to but we also have to accept the new world we’re living in.”

She added that health authorities were looking at “trends” in the spread of the Delta variant.

Security guards are seen at the Meriton Suites in Waterloo on Tuesday.
Security guards are seen at the Meriton Suites in Waterloo on Tuesday. Credit: MICK TSIKAS/AAPIMAGE

The key figure NSW Health is hoping to minimise is the number of people who are infectious while in the community.

Eighteen new cases were reported in the 24 hour reporting period to 8pm on Monday.

Of those, 11 were isolated through their entire infectious period while seven spent at least one day in the community while infectious.

“The one thing that we’re seeing that we hoped we’d see less of is people being exposed in the community whilst they’re infectious,” Berejiklian said on Tuesday.

“Now that is the one issue that our health experts will focus in on and give us advice.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian at a press conference to provide a COVID-19 update on Tuesday.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian at a press conference to provide a COVID-19 update on Tuesday. Credit: MICK TSIKAS/AAPIMAGE

“The Delta strain is far more contagious and reacts in a way other than (different strains) of the virus that we’ve seen.”

Berejiklian foreshadowed an announcement on whether lockdown would end or be extended would be made on Wednesday morning.

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