The lockdown in Sydney will be extended until September to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 in the country.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that the extension of lockdown will have new restrictions, including mandatory wearing of face masks outdoors unless exercising, and a curfew in Sydney’s west and southwest as there was a sudden increase of COVID-19 cases.
“I asked health and police to work together, to give me a final list of what we can throw at this, to leave no shadow of a doubt as to how serious we are about getting the rate of growth down, the case numbers down,” Berejiklian said.
NSW recorded 642 new local cases and four deaths on Friday, making it the state recording its third consecutive day of more than 600 new cases.
Meanwhile, the premier apologized for extending the lockdown as it would be the “right thing” to do amid the increase of the number of COVID-19 cases.
“I apologize to the vast majority of people in those communities who are doing the right thing, but for our health and safety moving forward, we need to make these difficult decisions,” she said.
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