New South Wales has registered 105 new local cases in the last 24 hours and a new death.
Of these, 66 are attached to a known cluster, and 55 are close contacts. The source of infection in 39 cases is under investigation.
Of the new cases, 34 were active in the community for at least part of their infectious period.
Twenty-five cases have been admitted to the hospital, where 18 people are in intensive care and seven in ventilation.
A woman in the 90s in south-eastern Sydney has died, the fourth death associated with this outbreak.
Over 66,000 tests were recorded during the last 24 hours.
The results come a day after new restrictions were introduced in the next two weeks to “lift” the virus.
“I am not ashamed to say that in public life yesterday was probably the most difficult day I have personally had because we do not take these decisions lightly,” said Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian.
She warned that the number was not expected to “change massively” for at least three days.
“But we want society to be more vigilant than ever before, because I am convinced that together we will begin to see these numbers push together,” she said.
“I do not think anyone wants to see this shutdown last longer than it needs to. That’s why we throw everything at it because we have a two-week window when we’re in a hard shutdown to be in. able to crush this thing. ”
Of the 105 new locally acquired cases, 76 are from southwest Sydney, 12 are from western Sydney, nine are from southeast Sydney LHD, five are from central Sydney and two are from the Nepean Blue Mountains area.
Fairfield, Bankstown, Liverpool, Lakemba, Bayside, Sutherland and Western Sydney remain among the areas that give rise to testing.
“I really want to see a huge increase in testing in western Sydney, especially in Cumberland and Mt Druitt,” said Chief Health Officer Dr. Kerry Chant.
Health authorities have also discovered virus fragments in wastewater in Wollongong, but have not yet registered a case.
Dr. Chant also asked worshipers who marked Eid next week to stay home during the religious festival.
“I know this is a very special time for many in our community. I just want to reiterate that we pray that prayers should only be performed in your house and thank you again, do not have visitors to your home including family members, and do not visit others, “she said.
On Saturday, the home stay order was tightened in Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool, where locals were not allowed to leave on July 30 unless working in key jobs, including health and emergency workers.
The list of ‘authorized employees’ who are allowed to leave these LGAs was expanded late on Saturday to include people working in supermarkets, bottle shops, newsagents, newsagents, office and pet supply stores and garden centers.
Premier defended the late changes to the health system amid reports of confusion.
“We need to make sure we trust the health advice first … but it also means making sure there are supply chains, food supply, all the things that keep us going,” she said.
“It would be irresponsible of us to exclude people who need to get around … and make sure they provide important food and services.”
Workers from the three LGAs who need to leave the area for work must take a COVID-19 test every three days.
From Sunday, supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and few other retailers in Greater Sydney will have access to open and operate ‘click and collect’ or takeaway.
Construction sites, large and small, are being closed, and progress on public infrastructure projects has been halted.
All office workers and others working from home should not be pressured into going to work, where employers could potentially incur a $ 10,000 fine if they push staff to attend.
Sydneysiders have also been instructed not to gather with anyone.
The premiere said she would not rule out further “tweaks” to the restrictions to ensure potential risks are not missed.
From Monday, affected companies will be able to apply for grants of up to $ 1,500 through Service NSW.
Treasurer Dominic Perrotet called for calm and patience from business owners who promised subsidies would be processed within three days.
NSW police have reiterated that people who violate public health orders could face severe sanctions after it was found that three COVID-positive removers had traveled from Greater Sydney to Molong in the NSW region.
“Police found the behavior of these three people particularly disturbing,” Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys told reporters.
“Despite the best health advice, they continued with their journey. They left their home in Greater Sydney and posed a significant risk to the people of the regional NSW.”
The three gentlemen have been issued a court warning and could face up to a maximum of $ 11,000 or six months in prison.
“There is a strong sense that the people of the country simply will not tolerate this kind of behavior and they feel that it puts them at great risk,” Mr Warboys said.
Additional reporting: AAP