NSW records 239 new cases!

NSW has recorded 239 new locally-acquired cases of Covid-19 as infections in greater Sydney continue to surge.

Up to 70 cases were active in the community for the entirety of their infectious period.

Residents of eight high-risk LGAs in south-west and western Sydney will now be required to wear a mask at all times when they leave their homes, premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced.

The LGAs include Parramatta, George’s River, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool Cumberland and Blacktown LGAs.

“If you step foot outside your household, you need to wear a mask at all times,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We’re seeing too much evidence of people who are not wearing masks when they need to, or if they are outdoors, they’re coming into contact with other people and not having a mask.”

The new mandate will take place from midnight Friday.

Residents of these areas will also only be permitted to move within a 5km radius of their homes.

“It doesn’t matter what the reason is,” Ms Berejiklian said. “Unless there are exceptional circumstances, you have to make sure you do not move within a 5km radius of your home.”

A total of 111,000 tests were conducted in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

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