NSW reports 644 cases; lockdown extended to September

NSW reported 644 new local COVID-19 cases on Friday.

Worryingly, at least 41 of the new cases were in the community for their full infectious period.

Four more people died, taking the number of deaths in the current outbreak to 65.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said 132,000 NSW residents got vaccinated on Thursday.

“We are now at 5.6 million jabs in NSW and 54 per cent have had at least one dose and 29 per cent of our population is now fully vaccinated.”

Gladys Berejiklian has announced a range of tougher restrictions, including an extension of the Sydney lockdown.

From Monday at midnight, the Greater Sydney lockdown will be extended until the end of September, said Berejiklian.

The Central Coast and Shellharbour will be defined as regional instead of as part of Greater Sydney.

From Monday at midnight, masks will need to be worn outdoors everywhere across NSW unless you are exercising.

Berejiklian said rural and regional communities will remain in lockdown until at least August 28.

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