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NSW records 145 new local coronavirus cases

New South Wales has recorded 145 new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian thanked residents of Sydney’s COVID-struck suburb of Fairfield, praising them for staying home as the Delta variant continues to spread.

“We know they’re the least-mobile area, and they’ve been doing the right thing,” she said. “A huge shout-out to the people in the suburbs in the Fairfield local area.”

The state recorded two COVID-related deaths on Sunday, including a Brazilian national in her 30s with no pre-existing health conditions

It comes amid concerns an illegal anti-lockdown protest that took place in Sydney’s CBD over the weekend could be a “super-spreader event”.

The lockdown for Greater Sydney and four surrounding regions, now in its fifth week, is due to end on Friday but with the highly infectious Delta strain spiralling, there’s no reprieve in sight.

Ms Berejiklian on Monday morning deflected reports the lockdown was likely to extend until mid-September, saying nothing had been decided.

“I wouldn’t come to any conclusions like that,” she told Sydney radio station 2GB.

“I don’t know where that story came from. It certainly wasn’t from me or anybody that’s in the know because we’re still working all that out.”

However, she flagged some restrictions would be necessary until the majority of the population was vaccinated.

“If there’s anything that we can ease we absolutely will,” she said.

“It is literally a day-by-day, week-by-week issue.”

With AAP.

More to come.

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