New South Wales has recorded more than one hundred new locally acquired COVID-19 cases.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Wednesday confirmed the state had recorded 110 new infections in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday from more than 84,000 tests.
At least 43 of those new cases were in the community during their infectious period – something she said was “concerning”.
“That is a high number but a number which reflects the high amount of testing that we had,” the premier told reporters.
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Five people have died since the Sydney outbreak began in mid-June.
“Had we not gone into the lockdown a few weeks ago, the 110 number today would undoubtedly have been thousands and thousands,” Berejiklian added, “there is no doubt about that”.
“Every time you leave your home, please assume you have the virus or somebody else has the virus.
“If you’re going shopping, as difficult as it is, do not engage, do not talk, get in, get what you need, come home.”
While Greater Sydney enters another day of lockdown restrictions, people in the central-western NSW town of Orange and its surrounds have woken to the first of a seven-day lockdown.
The lockdown in the Orange, Blayney and Cabonne local government areas was announced on Tuesday after a COVID-19 positive delivery driver from Sydney visited the area and infected another person.
It marks the first time a stay-at-home order has been imposed in regional NSW.
Residents can only leave to go shopping for essential items, for medical care or compassionate needs, exercise in groups of no more than two and for work or tertiary studies that can’t be done from home.
Schools remain open, but with restrictions including mandatory face masks for all teachers.
Masks must also be worn indoors and outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained.
– with AAP