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NSW records 30 new coronavirus cases with numbers ‘likely to increase’ in coming days

NSW has recorded 30 new cases of coronavirus, 11 of which were already in isolation and with all linked to the known cases.

The number comes from more than 52,000 tests in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday, and is up from 12 new locally-acquired infections on Saturday. 

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Sunday she expected numbers to increase over coming days.

“Given how contagious this strain of the virus is, we do anticipate that in the next few days, case numbers are likely to increase even beyond what we have seen today because we are seeing that people in isolation, unfortunately, would have already transmitted to all their house contacts,” she told reporters.

But she said she was confident the 14-day lockdown across Greater Sydney, implemented at 6pm on Saturday night, would do its job in reducing case numbers.

“I’m convinced if we pull together, we will start seeing the results we want to achieve over the next two weeks,” Ms Berejiklian said.

The premier said the fact that all of the positive cases recorded on Saturday were linked to known contacts was a positive sign, but she said a number of cases had been in the community while potentially infectious, which was a concern.

Health authorities are scrambling to contact passengers on five flights after a Sydney-based Virgin cabin crew member tested positive to COVID-19.

They tested positive after a rapid result test on Saturday night, Virgin says.

The five flights on Friday and Saturday took passengers either to or from Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast.

All of Greater Sydney – including the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour – were placed under stay-at-home orders at 6pm on Saturday, which will remain in place until midnight, 9 July.

Under the orders, everyone in Greater Sydney must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason, including shopping for food or other essential goods and services, medical care or compassionate needs – including a COVID-19 vaccination – exercising outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer, or essential work or education if you cannot study or work at home.  

Anyone who has been in Greater Sydney on or after 21 June should follow the stay-at-home orders for 14 days after they left the region. 

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