New South Wales has recorded its highest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases in more than a year with 38 infections recorded to 8pm on Wednesday.
Of the new cases, 26 are linked to a known case or cluster but the source of infection for 12 cases remains under investigation.
Eleven cases were infectious while in the community and another nine were only in isolation for part of their infectious period.
“Those numbers are too high, we need to get those numbers down,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
More people have been hospitalised with the virus overnight with 40 now being treated for COVID-19, up from 37 yesterday.
Eleven people are in ICU and three people are now on ventilators.
Millions of residents in Greater Sydney were due to have restrictions eased tomorrow but lockdown was extended for another week.
Ms Berejiklian said NSW will “get to where we need to go” at the end of the three-week lockdown if “every single person does the right thing”.
“Experts have told us it is achievable. If it was not achievable, we would not have provided those details to the community,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“That’s assuming everybody does the right thing and we work together to make sure we stop the spread.”
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant has defended her health advice to extend the lockdown, saying everything she has advised the premier has also been shared publicly.
“The assessment was that we needed this lockdown,” Dr Chant said.
“We had tried everything, and once we had a sense that we had missed some unrecognised chains, we acted to try and lock down the minimum number of people that we could with still a massive impact.”
Dr Chant said NSW Health’s vision is to have 80 per cent of the adult population vaccinated before talking about living with COVID-19 in the community.
Family restrictions clarified
Dr Chant asked NSW residents to redefine who they classify as family as household transmission continues to present an ongoing challenge for the state.
For the purposes of the lockdown, she said the family unit only applies to anyone who lives in your household.
A person should only visit another household to deliver needed care.
In terms of shopping, only essential visits should be made.