COUPLE ON THE CENTRAL COAST AMONG THE 35 NEW COVID CASES

New South Wales has recorded 35 new local cases of COVID-19, a marked increase on previous days.

Among them are two Central Coast residents who contracted the virus at the Great Ocean Foods seafood wholesaler in Marrickville.

The infected couple are in self-isolation and are no risk to the community at this time.

Health Authorities have publicly thanked them for doing the right thing and abiding by the rules.

29 of the new cases were linked to previous ones, including 14 household contacts, while six remain under investigation.

Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant says that unfortunately “nine cases were infectious in the community”, reiterating that people must come forward for testing if they develop the mildest symptoms.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says she and health professionals are taking the situation day by day and will advise the public next week whether the Greater Sydney lockdown will be extended.

This morning she stated once again that the next few days will be “critical” if the state is to decrease case numbers.

People are advised to avoid indoor settings such as shopping centres unless absolutely vital.

“Let us not give up, but instead keep respecting what the stay-at-home orders and the lockdown mean,” she said.

People are encouraged to take the opportunity to exercise outdoors while remaining socially distant if they need to get outside.

As always, travellers are urged to continue checking the latest health advice and remain clear of Greater Sydney these school holidays.