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More aid coming for businesses hit hard by Sydney’s lockdown

The federal government is preparing to provide further financial support for NSW as its coronavirus outbreak worsens, claiming its first death. Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly has also warned that a Sydney aged care facility resident is seriously unwell in hospital.

Six people have now been infected in the SummitCare facility in Baulkham Hills and transferred to the Westmead Hospital. “Five of those were fully vaccinated, and unfortunately, the sixth one was not, and I can report she is quite unwell at the moment, seriously unwell in hospital,” Professor Kelly told reporters in Canberra on Sunday.

The Commonwealth government is expected to announce further assistance for NSW businesses. The state government also prepares to stump up additional support while also providing aid for individuals and households.

But Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has repeatedly said the government won’t return to a JobKeeper wage subsidy regime. Treasury is understood to have put forward several options Prime Minister Scott Morrison is working through, although whatever is decided will be a national policy rather than state-specific.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the death of women in her 90s alongside 77 new cases in the 24 hours to 8 pm on Saturday. The Greater Sydney lockdown, that’s already been extended to the third week, is looking increasingly unlikely to end anytime soon.

“Given where we’re at and given the lockdown was supposed to be lifted on Friday, everybody can tell it’s doubtful at this stage, given where the numbers are,” Ms. Berejiklian told reporters on Sunday.

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