The chances of lockdown ending or easing next Friday have been dealt a heavy blow this morning, with an increase in both total case numbers and the number of those who were infectious in the community and not isolating.
In the 24 hours to 8pm last night, NSW conducted nearly 85,000 cases, which returned 124 positive COVID-19 infections, with 48 of those in the community during their infectious period.
Additionally, another 22 were infectious in the community for part of the time, with 17 still under investigation.
One of todays reported cases is from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.
There are currently 118 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 28 people in intensive care, 14 of whom require ventilation.
The premier remarked that no one who has had both doses of a vaccine is in intensive care, and continued to encourage people to get vaccinated, even if you're under 40, to talk to your GP about getting vaccinated with AZ vaccine.