Covid-19: NSW records 170 new cases as Berejiklian issues a warning about the lockdown protest

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In New South Wales, 170 new locally acquired cases have been reported, with at least 42 of those being infectious while in the community.

 

A police officer stays guard outside an isolated residential building in Sydney's western suburb of Blacktown after several cases were reported among the residents.

A police officer stays guard outside an isolated residential building in Sydney’s western suburb of Blacktown after several cases were reported among the residents. Photo: AFP

Premier Gladys Berejiklian reiterated the importance of people staying in their homes and not mixing households.

In addition to the 42 people who were active in the community while infectious, a further ten were active for a portion of their infectious period.

77 of the new cases were linked to an existing case or cluster, but 93 remained unsolved.

Following last week’s illegal protest, Berejiklian issued a warning to anyone planning to attend another anti-lockdown protest in Sydney tomorrow.

“Your actions will hurt, forget about the rest of us, but you could be taking the disease home and passing it on to your parents, your siblings, your brothers and sisters or anybody you might have limited contact with,” she said.

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“Do not give those you love the most a death sentence.”

Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said anyone who comes to protest in Sydney tomorrow can expect to be met by 1000 police officers.

“This is such an important time for New South Wales in terms of winning the battle against the virus and coming into town to protest is not the answer,” he said.

More than 95,000 tests were conducted in the Australian state yesterday.

There are currently 187 Covid-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 58 people in intensive care, 24 of whom require ventilation.

-ABC

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