/NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian shoots down reports of COVID-19 lockdown extension until September | Sunrise

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian shoots down reports of COVID-19 lockdown extension until September | Sunrise

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has shot down reports that Greater Sydney’s coronavirus lockdown will be extended until mid-September.

reported the shutdown would be in place for six more weeks as the state struggles to contain an outbreak of the highly-infectious Delta coronavirus strain.

Watch the Premier’s full interview on Sunrise above

Speaking to , the NSW Premier said “I don’t know who came up with that date,” but flagged that restrictions are likely to remain beyond the lockdown’s scheduled end date this Friday.

“This week we’ll be communicating what life beyond July 31 and for the next few weeks looks like,” she said on Monday.

“Our government’s mission is to keep our population safe, but also to allow us to live as freely as possible – and that’s the balance we need to find in the next few weeks.”

Berejiklian urged Sydneysiders to abide by the public health orders, saying: “the quicker all of us stick to the rules, the quicker all of us get out of this.”

More than five million residents have been required to ‘stay at home’ unless for essential reasons since June 26.

The highly-infectious Delta coronavirus strain has now infected more than 2000 people, with Berejiklian describing the battle as “a very difficult situation”.

“Delta is so different from anything else we’ve seen,” she said.

NSW recorded 141 new local COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm Saturday night, from a record 102,233 tests.

Of those, at least 38 were in the community while infectious. and only 65 were in isolation for their full infectious period.

Two further deaths were also reported, including a 38-year-old woman and a woman in her 70s.

The woman in her 30s, identified as Adriana Midori Takara, had no pre-existing medical conditions.

“If anybody thinks this is a disease just affecting older people, please think again,” Gladys Berejiklian said on Sunday.

The total death count from the current coronavirus outbreak in NSW is eight.

“I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to those families, their loved ones who are grieving today, but please note that younger people without pre-existing conditions can also fall victim to this cruel disease,” Berejiklian said.

Watch infectious diseases expert Sanjaya Senanayake speak to Sunrise about the lockdown below

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