New South Wales will remain in lockdown for at least another four weeks after the state reported 177 new locally acquired cases and a further virus-related death over the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday.
Restrictions will also tighten for residents living in eight local government areas deemed at particularly high risk.
News of an expected four-week extension first broke on Tuesday evening and were confirmed by State Premier Gladys Berejiklian at a Wednesday morning press conference.
NSW residents will now be subject to stay-at-home orders until at least August 28 – nine weeks after they were first introduced – but construction on non-occupied worksites will resume outside eight local government areas deemed high-risk.
“All those areas currently in lockdown will continue to be in lockdown until the 28th of August,” Ms Berejiklian said.
The Premier also announced further financial support for people affected by the lockdowns – including those already on income support – and said year 12 students would return to face-to-face learning on August 16.
Of the 177 new cases, 74 are linked to a known case or cluster – including 60 household contacts and 14 close contacts – and the source of infection for 103 cases is under investigation.
Forty-seven cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period.
But in a continuation of a worrying trend seen throughout this NSW outbreak, 68 cases were in the community for at least part of their infectious period and the isolation status of 62 cases remains under investigation.
No new cases were acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
Eight LGAs subject to tighter restrictions
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