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NSW records 50 new COVID-19 cases as Gladys Berejiklian warns ‘things are going to get worse’

New South Wales has recorded 50 new local COVID-19 cases, of which 26 were infectious while in the community.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the numbers – the highest in several months and a new record – could only mean cases would continue to increase.

“The only conclusion we can draw is that things are going to get worse before they get better,” she said. 

With 23 of the latest cases close contacts and 14 household contacts, the premier said many were spreading the virus to loved ones, reiterating her calls for people in Greater Sydney to stay home.

That would be the only way to get out of lockdown, she added.

“If you truly love your parents, your sisters, your best friends, please stick to the rules,” she said on Saturday.

“It’s up to whether all of us choose to do the right thing and stick by the rules, or whether too many of us think that it’s OK to flout the rules.

“That is what will determine how long we are in lockdown for.”

The premier also suggested some people had not been fully honest with contact tracers.

“Please tell us the truth the first time around. When people withhold information, it means that their contacts are potentially infectious in the community.”

There were 47 people in hospital, including many younger in age.

Sixteen were in intensive care, including one teenager, one person in their 20s and another in their 30s.

Nineteen of those hospitalised are under 55 years of age. 

The premier said the number of those in their youth in hospital was significant.

“We have a number of young people in ICU at the moment and that is a phenomena we have not seen before in terms of the broader population,” she said.

The new cases come after lockdown restrictions were further tightened across Greater Sydney, with new restrictions on outdoor exercise, funerals and browsing at shops. 

Lockdown restrictions have been further tightened across Greater Sydney since 5pm on Friday.

Exercise outdoors is now restricted to only two people, and is allowed only within 10 kilometres of the resident’s local government area. Browsing at the shops is also banned.

Carpooling between non-household members is also banned, while funerals will be restricted to only ten people from Sunday.

NSW Health on Friday evening issued a list of 30 new exposure sites, also including two Bunnings stores in Randwick and Hoxton Park, and a row of six furniture stores in Campbelltown.

The full list of exposure sites is on the NSW Health website.

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