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Australians warned worse will come as locally transmitted Covid-19 cases rise in Greater Sydney area – RT World News


A top official in New South Wales, Australia has raised the alarm about the recent rise in local coronavirus infections. The rise in the number of cases has led to even stricter rules for the lockdown in Sydney.

This year’s record daily increase of 52 cases was reported on Saturday in the country’s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), which includes Sydney, a city of more than five million.

“The only conclusion we can draw is that things get worse before they get better,” he said. NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said, imploring the public to follow the Covid-19 restrictions for the sake of their own family and friends.

May I please urge people to look within, really dig deep into their own conscience and do the right thing. If it’s not for yourself, think of your loved ones.

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said 16 people were in the ICU, including one patient in his twenties and another in his thirties. She added that ten new cases have been linked to a hotel party in Sydney suburban Waterloo two weeks ago.

The situation in New South Wales has alarmed officials in the neighboring state of Victoria, which has not registered any local infections for 10 consecutive days. Victoria’s Covid-19 Response Commander Jeroen Weimar said state may suspend travel between Victoria and NSW “in the next few hours or days.”

“This thing is on the cutting edge,” Weimar urged Victorians in NSW to return home quickly.

Stricter restrictions were announced in Greater Sydney on Friday, allowing one person per household to visit shops once a day. The area has been under a general stay-at-home order since June 26. State officials have boosted NSW’s vaccination campaign by providing additional clinics and extending their opening hours.

Australia has registered more than 31,000 infections across the country and 910 deaths since Friday, according to the government. More than nine million vaccine doses have been administered.

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