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COVID lockdown in regional NSW EXTENDED

ASSA | 2021-08-19 11:26:59

Stay-at-home orders in place for regional NSW will be extended until at least 12.01am on August 28, authorities have confirmed.

In a statement, NSW Health said the decision had been made “due to ongoing concerns about community transmission”.

“Everyone must stay at home unless they have a reasonable excuse to leave,” the statement read.

“They also cannot have visitors in their home from outside their household, including family and friends.”

There were 681 locally acquired COVID cases reported to 8pm on Wednesday night, although NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian said 53 per cent of the state’s residents had now received at least one dose of vaccine.

28 per cent of residents are now fully vaccinated.

NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at the Forster, Bateau Bay, Yamba and Mittagong sewage treatment plants in recent days.

The Forster sewage treatment plant serves around 12,000 people, the Bateau Bay sewage treatment plant serves around 39,000 people, the Yamba sewage treatment plant serves about 6,500 people and the Mittagong sewage treatment plant serves about 14,000 people.

The detections are of particular concern and everyone in these areas is urged to monitor for the onset of symptoms, and if they appear, to immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Speaking at the daily COVID update, NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the decision to extend the regional lockdown was based on figures received overnight.

“It is starting to show clearly that there are concerns still in regional New South Wales,” he said.

“Sewage surveillance, on top of what we have done in previous days, gives us the level of concern.

“This is why it is right to stay in front of the curve, in front of the spread, and keep regional rural New South Wales and lockdown.

“My message is to stay vigilant, get tested if you have symptoms... Get vaccinated. We have AstraZeneca and Pfizer available across the state at many access points, so get online, book and, get vaccinated.”