WATCH LIVE: Gladys Berejiklian press conference today with update on new NSW COVID-19 cases and lockdown
Premier Gladys Berejiklian expects the number of COVID-19 cases in NSW to remain high until the end of this week – before the results of the latest lockdown restrictions start to show.
On Sunday, Berejiklian admitted her decision to impose the harshest measures yet on Sydney has caused her anguish.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant are expected to provide a COVID-19 update at 11am AEST on Monday. You can watch it LIVE in the video player above as soon as it’s available.
“I’m not embarrassed to say that in public life, yesterday was probably the most difficult day I’ve had personally,” she told reporters.
NSW Health COVID-19 update
NSW on Sunday recorded 105 new virus cases and the death of a woman in her 90s in Sydney’s southeast.
Berejiklian said 27 of the reported cases had been infectious while in the community.
“That’s the number that worries us the most, we’ve seen that number crop up day in and day out,” she said.
A total of 66 of Sunday’s cases were linked to known clusters while 39 remain under investigation.
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
NSW Health is urgently warning anyone who has visited venues on the latest list of COVID-19 exposure sites to isolate immediately and get tested after a raft of them were added late on Sunday night.
Coles, Woolworths, and ALDI supermarkets littered across Sydney are on the list, and authorities are concerned about potential community transmission at a site near Lithgow in central NSW, nearly 150km from Sydney.
Berejiklian and Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant on Sunday reinforced the importance of Greater Sydney residents to stay at home and abide by health orders in place.
“Every time you leave your house, it is critical that you assume you are coming into contact with COVID,” Chant said.
Click here to see the latest NSW COVID-19 hotspots.
– with AAP