NSW records 50 new Covid cases as premier urges 'tell us the truth'

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NSW has recorded 50 new locally-acquired Covid-19 cases on Saturday after 42,000 people came forward for testing.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said "most concerningly" 26 of those cases were infectious while out in the community.

"When you know that there are 26 cases infectious in the community, the only conclusion we can draw is that things are going to get worse before they get better," she said on Saturday.

Of the new cases, 14 of these were household contacts, prompting Ms Berejiklian to ask people to stick to the rules to protect their loved ones.

"People are getting the virus and then spreading it to those closest to them," she said.

"If you truly love your parents, your sisters, your best friends, please stick to the rules."

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the outbreak was the
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the outbreak was the "greatest threat" the state has face since the start of the pandemic. Source: AAP

On Friday, NSW recorded 44 new Covid-19 cases and the number of close contacts doubled in a single day from some 7000 to 14,000 people.

NSW has seen huge spikes in daily case number since Thursday when 38 new Covid-19 cases were recorded.

The surge in cases saw the premier announcing tougher restrictions on Friday and warning the lockdown could be extended beyond next week.

New restrictions for Greater Sydney

Sydneysiders woke up to their full day of tougher restrictions, which included:

  • Exercise in groups of two only - households are allowed to exercise together

  • Ten-kilometre limit for exercise

  • No carpooling with people from outside your household

  • Funerals limited to 10 people only from Sunday

  • One person from the home at a time is allowed to shop for essentials

Case numbers expected to 'bounce around'

"Our best case scenario is for people to do the right thing, to acknowledge how serious the situation is for us, and I'm always an optimistic person," Ms Berejiklian said.

"We can turn things around and we probably won't see the difference over the next few days. I do expect the numbers to be bouncing around and the situation to worsen before it gets better."

On Saturday, she once again implored people to follow the rules.

"Cutting corners, flouting the rules is going to prolong the lockdown, and that's the last thing any of us want to see," the premier said.

She stressed the importance of getting the number of people out in the community while infectious "as close to zero as possible".

"Now, that is the greatest indicator of what the situation is moving forward," Ms Berejiklian said.

"Unfortunately, the vast majority of people who have been infectious have chosen not to do the right thing in the last few days.

"Please tell us the truth at the beginning, you won't get in trouble. We just need you to tell us so we can make sure all of your close contacts, all the people we need to get to, we get to.

"Because when people withhold the truth or don't tell us what's happening, it just makes things last longer and that's the last thing we want."

A Covid-19 warning sign by the beach in Sydney.
Tough new restrictions are now in place for Greater Sydney after another spike in Covid-19 cases. Source: AAP

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said 19 people under the age of 55 are in hospital with Covid-19, eight of which are under the age of 35.

Across NSW, 47 people are currently in hospital with Covid-19.

A teenager is among the 16 people in the intensive care unit (ICU) along with one person aged in their 20s.

Woolworths, Coles added to exposure sites list

Several new exposure sites were identified across Sydney overnight and anyone in NSW with even the mildest cold-like symptoms is being asked to come forward for testing and isolate until a negative result is received.

Anyone who is considered a "close contact" must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.

There's a chance the lockdown could be extended once again. Source: AAP
There's a chance the lockdown could be extended once again. Source: AAP

New close contact venues in NSW are:

  • Lab Bakery Cafe, Strathfield, Thursday, July 1 from 11.30am to 12.45pm

  • Direct Trade, Merrylands, Saturday, July 3 from 2.20pm to 2.50pm

  • Beacon Lighting, Home Central 9, Bankstown, Thursday, July 8 from 8am to 9.30am

  • 309 Bus, Redfern to Beaconsfield from Redfern Station Regent Street Stand C to Botany Road at Epsom Road, Sunday, July 4 from 6.46pm to 6.51pm

Meanwhile casual contacts must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

New casual contact venues in NSW include:

  • Barzura Coogee, Coogee, Saturday, July 3 from 9.30am to 9.35am

  • UTS Haberfield Rowers Club, Haberfield, Sunday, July 4 from 12.15pm to 12.45pm

  • Aldi, Quakers Hill, Sunday, July 4 from 1.15pm to 1.35pm

  • Big W Liverpool Westfield, Liverpool, Monday, July 5 from 1.10pm to 1.20pm

  • Michel's Patisserie Liverpool Westfield, Liverpool, Monday, July 5 from 1.20pm to 1.30pm

  • Aldi, Hoxton Park, Monday, July 5 from 3.30pm to 4pm

  • Ek'sentric Café Maroubra, Maroubra, Monday, July 5 from 9.30am to 9.40am

  • Georges Hall Pharmacy, Georges Hall, Monday, July 5 from 2pm to 2.30pm

  • My Local Café Maroubra, Maroubra, Tuesday, July 6 from 8.40am to 8.50am, Wednesday, July 7 from 8.45am to 8.55am and 12.30pm to 12.40pm

  • Coles Maroubra Junction, Maroubra, Tuesday, July 6 from 9.50am to 10.20am

  • KFC, Rockdale, Tuesday, July 6 from 10am to 4pm and Wednesday, July 7 from 10.30am to 4pm

  • Morning Glory Café Coogee Pavilion, Coogee, Wednesday, 7 July from 11.15am to 1.45pm

  • Woolworths, Mascot, Wednesday, July 7 from 2.30pm to 3pm

  • Aldi, Ashfield, Wednesday, July 7 from 1.15pm to 2pm

  • Woolworths Ashfield, Wednesday, July 7 from 1.45pm to 2.15pm

Anyone who has visited Ashfield Mall on Wednesday, July 7 between 1.15pm to 2.15pm is being asked to monitor for symptoms and get tested if they appear and isolate until a negative result is received.

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