WATCH LIVE: Gladys Berejiklian press conference today with COVID-19 update on new cases, Sydney lockdown

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Sydney residents are on tenterhooks and praying for a positive lockdown update after sustained high daily coronavirus cases forced the NSW Government to extend stay-at-home measures for at least another fortnight.

More than five million people in Greater Sydney are waiting for the daily infection rates to drop to show the lockdown is finally working, after 97 new cases were recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Chief Health Office Kerry Chant are expected to provide a COVID-19 update at 11am AEST on Thursday. You can watch it LIVE in the video player above as soon as it’s available.

NSW Health COVID-19 update

Of those 97 new cases, 31 were circulating in the community while infectious.

This is the number that is disturbing authorities, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian saying that number needs to be close to zero before the lockdown can end.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has extended the lockdown of Greater Sydney and surrounds by a fortnight. Credit: AAP

Numbers continue to rise in southwest Sydney and a new 24-hour COVID testing clinic has now opened at Fairfield after people were forced to wait up to six hours in long queues at another venue.

There are now three testing sites in the area operating around the clock while other clinics will stay open until late at night.

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