WATCH LIVE: Gladys Berejiklian press conference today with NSW Health COVID-19 update on new cases and restrictions
Residents are bracing for a peak in NSW COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalisations as the battle brews within Sydney local government areas with the toughest restrictions in place.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian will on Tuesday meet with the mayors from the 12 COVID-19 hotspot areas after previous requests to link up with the group were rejected.
NSW Health authorities will provide a COVID-19 update at 11am on Tuesday. You can watch the press conference LIVE in this article as soon as it’s available.
Canterbury Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour says he has been “trying for weeks to meet with her to raise issues ranging from curfews, to more vaccines and financial support”.
“Beaches are open but our pools are shut. Under the current health orders council pools are NOT allowed to open,” he posted on Facebook.
“I will attempt to ask the premier about pools reopening during my meeting with her,” he said.
President of the Lebanese Muslim Association Samier Dandan said the “empty rhetoric of togetherness” was evident last weekend.
“While clear non-compliance in Bondi and the beaches across Sydney were met with respectful conversations, non-compliance in Bankstown was treated with heavy-handed policing and paramedics,” he said in a statement.
while a regional town is back in lockdown as the rest of the state enjoys a few extra freedoms.
NSW COVID update
NSW on Monday reported 1257 new local COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm Sunday, as well as seven deaths, as Greater Sydney begins its 12th week of lockdown.
There are now 1189 COVID-19 patients in NSW hospitals, with 222 in intensive care beds and 94 on ventilators.
More than 46 per cent of people over 16 are now fully vaccinated and by Wednesday 80 per cent of adults are expected to have had at least one jab.
At 70 per cent double-dose coverage, expected to happen in about a month, the fully vaccinated will have several freedoms restored allowing for household visits, gatherings and hospitality.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has denied the unvaccinated would have their freedoms restored at 80 per cent double-dose vaccination coverage in NSW, saying details were still being finalised.