Canberra will go into lockdown, as NSW announces new areas of concern.
Canberra has recorded its first case of community transmission in 13 months and is expected to go into lockdown to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
It comes after cases spread into northwest NSW, sending a host of regional communities into lockdown.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr has scheduled a media conference with police and health authorities for 12.15pm AEST.
Meantime, NSW has announced three more local government areas that will be subject to further restrictions from 5pm this evening, in light of growing numbers. These LGAs are Bayside, Strathfield and Burwood.
The Hunter and the Upper Hunter have also had their lockdown extended for at least one week as cases continue to grow.
It comes after NSW recorded 345 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19. Victoria recorded 21 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19.
Sydney to get stricter on wrong-doers with fears lockdown "could drag until November."
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller will lead a crackdown on people ignoring public health orders in Sydney, with the Inner West - home to 350,000 residents - potentially looking at a harsher lockdown.
A crisis cabinet meeting was held on Wednesday, to look at tightening gaps in public health orders to strengthen police powers in response to breaches.
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Premier Gladys Berejiklian is encouraging everyone eligible in NSW to get jabbed and help the state reach its vaccination target, as COVID-19 continues to spread into the regions.
"Two doses of 70 per cent vaccination [is the target] and NSW, if we had the current pace, we will hit that around the end of October," the premier said on Wednesday.