NSW expected to extend lockdown by a week.
The NSW government is expected to confirm a coronavirus lockdown imposed on millions of people in five regions will be extended by a week, as the state continues to record more than a dozen new cases each day.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian spent most of Tuesday locked in discussions with health experts to gather information on "what next week looks like", ahead of a crisis cabinet meeting.
It's believed the government decided to extend the lockdown on Greater Sydney, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Blue Mountains and the Central Coast, due to end on Friday, by another week to 11.59 on July 16.
NSW COVID-19 lockdown set to be extended by a week, ABC understands https://t.co/1dnvC1WEmL— ABC News (@abcnews) July 6, 2021
With the new school term due to begin next week, students in those five regions are likely to be mostly learning from home. The children of essential workers will be able to attend schools, as has happened in earlier lockdowns.
Students outside those regions should be able to go back to school.
NSW recorded 18 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday, bringing the total number of people infected in the latest outbreak that began on June 16 to 330.
On Tuesday, Ms Berejiklian said extending the lockdown would be informed by the fact the government wants this to be the last.
The goal is to ensure a high proportion of the population gets vaccinated in future weeks and months.
The lockdown issue will be discussed at the premier's regular 11am update on Wednesday.