New South Wales is expected to report a small spike in the daily number of local COVID-19 cases on Friday.
7NEWS.com.au understands there were upwards of 90 new local cases detected in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday.
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Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned cases would surge on Friday after a large number of the 65 cases reported a day earlier were active in the community.
“Based on the fact that we had 28 people infectious in the community in the last 24 hours, I am predicting that we will have higher case numbers tomorrow,” she foreshadowed.
She added, however, that lockdown measures were working as desired because cases hadn’t risen exponentially.
“It tells us that the settings we have in place are having an impact so my strongest message to everybody is: keep doing what you are doing.
“Keep sticking to the rules because we are seeing the impact of that, but the next challenge for us is to see a drop in the numbers, in the numbers of people infectious in the community.
“We are seeing a level of stabilisation, but we need to see those numbers drop.”
Infection numbers continue to rise in southwest Sydney, where testing clinics were inundated this week after essential workers from the Fairfield local government area were ordered to get tested every three days if they work outside the area.
From Friday, around 12,000 teachers, school staff and aged care workers will be prioritised by NSW Health for vaccination at a new hub at the Prairiewood Youth and Community Centre. The venue was changed from the Fairfield showground, which is being used as a COVID testing site.
Two of Sydney’s major hospitals are on alert after a nurse and a patient were diagnosed with COVID-19.
A pregnant patient and a doctor at Liverpool Hospital, in Sydney’s southwest, was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday after undergoing a procedure, and a vaccinated nurse who worked at Westmead Hospital in a COVID-19 ward also tested positive.
– with AAP