July 7, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced an extension of the Greater Sydney lockdown by another week this morning.

The lockdown and associated restrictions will now continue until at least midnight on Friday July 16.

The announcement came as the state recorded another 27 local COVID-19 cases, of which 13 were in isolation for their whole infectious period, seven were in partial isolation and seven were infectious in the community. 45,000 tests were administered.

Berejiklian called the decision to extend the lockdown a “difficult” decision.

“The reason why the NSW government has taken this position is because we don’t want to be in a situation where we are constantly having to move between lockdown, no lockdown, lockdown, no lockdown,” she said.

“What we want to do is give us our best chance of making sure this is the only lockdown we have until the vast majority of our citizens are vaccinated.

“We know the vaccine is the key to our freedom.”