As Sydney struggles through the sixth week of lockdown, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned the city has not yet reached the peak of COVID-19 case numbers.
It comes as the state recorded 233 locally-acquired cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. There were also two deaths in the past 24 hours, including an unvaccinated man in his twenties from South Western Sydney. Since the outbreak began in June in Bondi, 3832 people have contracted the virus and 17 people have died.
The current end date for lockdown is August 28 - nine weeks after the city was first plunged into lockdown. However, with the case numbers remaining high, it remains uncertain if this will be extended once again.
The NSW government has shared there are two numbers that will determine when this lockdown will end. Here's what you need to know.
Six million vaccinations by September.
On Tuesday, Gladys Berejiklian said she wants to have six million doses of COVID-19 vaccinations in arms by the end of the month. At the moment, the state has administered four million doses and is on track to reach the six million benchmark in early September.
NSW will need to administer 500,000 COVID-19 doses a week to reach six million by the end of August. But for that to happen, the current rate needs to be increased. In the past week, 460,000 shots were administered.
The government wants vaccines to be concentrated in the eight south-western and western Sydney local government areas identified as of highest concern. These eight LGA hotspots are: Parramatta, Georges River, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool, Cumberland and Blacktown.