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NSW crisis cabinet meets to discuss virus

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The NSW government will hold a crisis meeting to review the state's response to a growing number of COVID-19 infections across Sydney, which has so far avoided a lockdown.

a close up of a woman: Premier Gladys Berejiklian says NSW is entering its "scariest" period since the pandemic began.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says NSW is entering its "scariest" period since the pandemic began.

The cabinet gathering due to take place at 9.30 am on Friday will come ahead of the official release of the latest infections data later in the morning.

So far, there are 36 cases linked to the so-called Bondi cluster that erupted in the city's east last week.

The coalition government has held off declaring a lockdown, instead preferring to restrict the movements of residents, increase mask-wearing and limit social and other gatherings.

"It's the detail, the information we have behind the scenes that our expert health officials look at, that gives us the confidence to the make a decision and the advise at this stage is not to lock down," Deputy Premier John Barilaro told Nine Network on Friday.

"We'll see what the numbers are like this morning when the crisis cabinet meets again at 9.30 am."

"But the advice could change in the next few hours, and it could change over the weekend."

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Thursday warned the state was facing its "scariest" period since the pandemic began.

There were 18 new cases recorded from 48,402 tests in the 24 hours to 8 pm on Wednesday, 13 of which were announced previously.

Another six cases were detected after the 8 pm cut-off - which will be included in Friday's official tally - adding to the five new cases confirmed on Thursday for a tally of 11, for an overall total of 36.

All but one of the new cases are linked to a known case or cluster.

NSW Health added several exposure sites including two cafes in Potts Point, two cafes in Alexandria, and a health club in Bondi Junction to its list of venues of concern on Thursday evening and Friday morning.

Despite widespread speculation Sydney was on the brink of another lockdown, Ms. Berejiklian held her nerve but flagged a police blitz to nab anyone defying the restrictions announced on Wednesday.

"Since the pandemic has started, this is perhaps the scariest period that NSW is going through," she said on Thursday.

"It is a very contagious (Delta) variant but at the same time we are at this stage comfortable that the settings that are in place are the appropriate settings, but that is so long as everybody does the right thing."

Meanwhile, Mr. Barilaro has tested negative to COVID-19 after a virus scare in the state's parliament.

"I have tested negative, which is a relief," he told Nine on Friday.

However, the NSW Nationals leader must follow health advice and remain in isolation in Sydney until July 6, and be tested at least two more times.

The NSW parliament was on Thursday declared a potential exposure venue during one of the busiest weeks of the year - budget week - after Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall tested positive.

Many state MPs were deemed close contacts and hundreds of people working in the building on Sydney's Macquarie Street this week were at risk of exposure.

Ms Berejiklian was tested and cleared on Thursday morning, as was Health Minister Brad Hazzard.

Parliament House workers were told to stay home on Thursday while a group of MPs underwent rapid testing so they could enter parliament and pass the 2021/22 budget which was handed down on Tuesday.

Lower house Speaker Jonathan O'Dea on Thursday afternoon said no other MPs had tested positive so far, but some were still awaiting results.

3 Comments

  • David Jackson

    David Jackson

    7:27 PM, 08-07-2021

    Lockdowns are sheer madness, it is a virus that kills like All viruses around the World but people have to pay their rents and groceries. Australia 👍🙂👌 must learn to live with the covid19 virus. And all importantly it is Winter Now!!!

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  • Bubacarr

    Bubacarr

    11:29 PM, 28-06-2021

    Let the virus leave the world in peace

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  • Suvir

    Suvir

    10:41 AM, 26-06-2021

    Heard that they were waiting for the school holidays before announcing the lockdown to minimise disruptions.

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    • Ray Cooney

      11:51 PM, 26-06-2021

      I also thought they were going to go that way as well

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