As Victoria and South Australia’s respective lockdowns come to a close, Greater Sydney’s lockdown has been extended for another month – taking the city’s current lockdown end date to at least Friday, August 28.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the news in today’s press conference following Tuesday’s crisis cabinet meeting.

She said, “It would not have been possible for us to come out of lockdown on Friday, and it would not be realistic for us to do so.”

The news comes after an increase in Covid-19 cases and a rise in the number of people infectious in the community. Yesterday, the state recorded 172 cases. Today, 177 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded – the highest number in the Delta outbreak since it started on June 25 – with 46 of those infectious in the community.

“We really want that 46 number to come down to as close to zero as possible,” she says.

Three new areas are considered LGAs of concern: Parramatta, George’s River, and Campbelltown. “We don’t want anyone leaving those areas unless they absolutely have to,” says Berejiklian.

The LGAs join Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool Cumberland and Blacktown LGAs.

For workers outside of the eight local government areas of concern, some construction work will be allowed to resume from Saturday, July 31.

Singles bubbles will be also be introduced, meaning people who live alone are permitted to visit one other nominated person. Year 12 students will return to face-to-face learning from Monday, August 16. Berejiklian says Pfizer vaccine doses will be diverted from regional NSW to vaccinate Year 12 students in the eight hotspot LGAs. Children in other years will continue with home-schooling.

“People should expect a greater police presence,” says Berejiklian, who is calling on Sydneysiders to report people who are not following lockdown restrictions.

Stay up to date with the latest Covid news and updates at NSW Health.

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