Entire state of NSW locked down.
The NSW Government has announced that the entire state will be placed under week-long stay-at-home orders from 5pm Saturday, in an effort to prevent further COVID-19 cases in regional areas.
Twenty-six new cases were reported in the state's west overnight, sparking increased concern about the fragile regional healthcare system's ability to cope with outbreaks.
The restrictions replace any existing orders in place in regional NSW and will last until 12 a.m. August 22.
Residents will no be permitted to leave their homes without a reasonable excuse and cannot have visitors. One person can attend another home to fulfil carer responsibilities or for compassionate reasons, including to visit a person they're in a relationship with.
All hospitality venues will be restricted to takeaway only and retail premises must close. Among the retailers allowed to remain open are those selling food, hardware and garden supplies, pet supplies, baby/maternity supplies and pharmacies.
There will be a one-day 'grace period' for planned weddings and funerals in the regional areas that have not already been subject to a lockdown. Those events may go ahead until 12.01 a.m on Monday, but only with guests from areas that have not already been subject to a lockdown.
For further information, please see https://t.co/wyrQwH6TUY.— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) August 14, 2021
Sydney case numbers make an "extremely concerning" jump.
NSW has recorded a record 466 community cases of COVID-19, a jump of 121 on Friday's result.
The state also recorded four deaths, bringing the total death toll for the latest outbreak to 43. The new fatalities involved a woman in her 40s in palliative care, a man in his 70s who was vaccinated but did have preexisting conditions, a man in his 80s, and a woman in her 70s.