New South Wales has reported 65 new local coronavirus cases with 28 people out and about in the community while infectious.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it was a “welcome drop” from yesterday’s numbers and said that while the numbers are still bouncing around, “we are seeing a stabilisation”.
“They’re not growing exponentially. That tells us that the settings that we have in place are having an impact. My strongest message to everybody is keep doing what you are doing. Keep sticking to the rules,” she told reporters on Thursday.
But the premier said she expected higher case numbers on Friday given the number of people still infectious in the community.
There are 73 people with COVID-19 currently in hospital, of which 19 are in intensive care and five are ventilated.
Of those in ICU, one is in their 20s, one is in their 30s, two are in their 40s, five are in their 50s, six are in their 60s, three are in their 70s and one is in their 80s.
The state previously reported 97 local coronavirus cases on Wednesday, of which 31 were circulating in the community while infectious.
Ms Berejiklian has said this number needs to be close to zero before the lockdown can end.
On Thursday she implored those with symptoms to isolate and get tested and not go to medical centres or pharmacists, which was causing the virus to transmit.
Five million NSW residents are facing at least another fortnight of lockdown after sustained high daily coronavirus numbers forced the government to extend stay-at-home measures on Wednesday until Friday 30 July.
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant on Thursday said numbers continue to rise in the areas of Fairfield, Liverpool and Canterbury Bankstown in the city’s southwest, with cases also emerging in other parts of the city including Emu Plains in Sydney’s west.
A new 24-hour COVID-19 testing clinic has now opened at Fairfield after people were forced to wait up to six hours in long queues at another venue.
The rush to testing in Fairfield came after the state government on Tuesday announced new restrictions for essential workers in the area, who will soon have get tested every three days if they work outside the area.
More to come…