WATCH LIVE: Gladys Berejiklian press conference today with NSW COVID-19 cases, Sydney lockdown restrictions update
Gladys Berejiklian has admitted that “some level of restriction” will remain in place across Greater Sydney until vaccination rates reach an acceptable level.
Monday marked the first full day since harsh new restrictions were enforced – including an Australia-first shutdown of the construction sector for two weeks.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant are expected to provide a COVID-19 update at 11am AEST on Tuesday. Watch the press conference LIVE in the video player above as soon as it’s available.
And while Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the lockdown could only end when the number of cases infectious in the community nears zero, she admitted some restrictions will remain in place until vaccination rates are much higher.
This is because of the infectiousness of the Delta variant currently in the community.
The death of the southwest Sydney woman in her 50s reported on Monday is the fifth in NSW since mid-June and the 61st recorded since the pandemic began last year.
The Green Valley woman was the mother of two removalists who travelled to central-west NSW while allegedly knowing they were COVID-19 positive.
NSW Health COVID-19 update
On Monday, NSW recorded 98 new local cases of COVID-19, maintaining a three-day average in the high 90s.
Up to 44 cases were active in the community while infectious, including 20 for their entire infectious period.
A further 17 were in the community for a part of their infectious period.
“The closer we get that number to zero, the sooner we can end the lockdown,” Ms Berejiklian said on Monday.
Investigations continue into how 246 of the 1340 cases are linked to known clusters.
Three of every four cases were in Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool local government areas, but NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys denied the force was operating a “ring of steel” around southwest Sydney.
A total of 1340 people have officially contracted the virus since the first case – an unvaccinated airport limousine driver – was diagnosed on June 16.
Sydney COVID-19 lockdown restrictions
From 11.59pm on Saturday, non-essential retail has been forced to close, except for takeaway and home delivery.
Supermarkets, grocery stores, pharmacies, health stores, petrol stations, car hire, banks and financial institutions, hardware stores, agriculture and rural supplies, pet supplies, post offices and newsagents and office supply stores are allowed to remain open.
Residents of Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool council areas cannot leave their local government area for work unless they are on this list of authorised workers.
Where those workers do need to leave their LGA for work, they are required to be tested every three days, even if they do not have symptoms.
Masks are being made mandatory in all outdoor work settings, in outdoor markets, outdoor shopping strips and in any outdoor queues such as takeaway food.
Residents will need to carry masks when leaving home and carpooling is banned.
From Monday, all construction will be paused across Greater Sydney, including non-urgent maintenance, cleaning services and repair work until at least July 30.
Employers must also allow employees to work from home if the employee is able to do so.
NSW Health COVID hotspots
The NSW Health list of COVID-19 exposure sites has grown overnight to include more supermarkets across Sydney and a venue as far as Coffs Harbour, on the state’s Mid North Coast.
NSW Health released an updated list of new venues late on Monday night, which came in addition to new COVID-19 hotspots listed on Sunday night, and others listed on Saturday night.
Click here to see the latest NSW COVID-19 hotspots.
– with AAP