The critical point when NSW will know if the Sydney lockdown worked has been revealed as health authorities grapple with another 110 new cases.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it would be a matter of assessing the health advice and how cases were being transmitted over the coming days to know whether the lockdown had worked and if the tough restrictions would be lifted.
Camera IconNSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the point health authorities will know if the lockdown worked will be better known as health data is assessed over the coming weekend. NCA NewsWire/Joel Carrett Credit: News Corp Australia
That could be known as soon as this weekend and over the next week, she said on Wednesday.
Ms Berejiklian said it was important not to talk about what “might” happen and instead focus on the health data.
“We need to really assess the health advice and data we get for the next few days, and once that data comes through, once the number of cases and how they‘re transmitting comes through over the weekend and early next week, we’ll have a better sense of what July 31 looks like,” she said.
“We do need to give the extra restrictions a chance to do the job they need to do.
“We’re finding with the Delta strain that the infectiousness kicks in much earlier and you’re more infectious early on than you were in previous strains.”
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It comes as 110 new infections were recorded overnight – 43 of which were infectious while in the community.
Of the new cases, 54 are linked to a known case or cluster – including 40 household contacts and 14 close contacts.
Ms Berejiklian said “freedom day” would come around once the state could get infectious rates down.
“In truth, we won’t live as freely or as we’d like until vaccination rates increase,” she said.
“That’s something the NSW government can’t control … but as soon as we get those doses, they will be going into arms.”