NSW records 44 new cases and tightens restrictions for Sydney.
NSW has recorded 44 new cases of community transmission, 29 of which were either partially or fully exposed to the community. It's the highest number of NSW daily infections since the pandemic's first wave.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced tighter restrictions for those areas of the state currently with stay at home orders, effective from 5pm on Friday:
- Exercising outdoors reduced from 10 people to two.
- Residents can only exercise within their local government area or 10km of home.
- No carpooling outside households.
- Essential shopping only, with no browsing in shops allowed.
- From Sunday, funerals will be capped at 10 people.
NSW recorded 44 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. pic.twitter.com/Z7g7eyzT2d— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) July 9, 2021
"NSW is facing the biggest challenge we have faced since the pandemic started. And I don't say that lightly. I don't say that lightly. And unless there is a dramatic change, unless there's a dramatic change, unless there's a dramatic turn around in the number, I can't see how we would be in a position to ease restrictions by next Friday," Berejiklian told reporters.
Ten COVID-19 patients in the state are in intensive care with four ventilated, including someone in their 20s and another in their 30s.
At least 100 more officers began patrolling southwest Sydney from 7am on Friday as police launched a "high-visibility" operation to ensure compliance with public health orders.
"Our police will be targeting the people who think the rules don't apply to them," NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon said.
"Those people are putting everyone's lives at risk, including their own families, and working to prolong the lockdown."
"It should be the same rules for everybody."— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) July 8, 2021
The heavy police operation starting today in Sydney's south-west has attracted criticism of racism over singling out the largely multicultural area for a COVID compliance crackdown. #9Today pic.twitter.com/DqsPQkEbXS