All of regional NSW was put into lockdown from 5pm Saturday amid concerns the COVID-19 cluster in Dubbo and Walgett is getting out of control.
The decision to lockdown the state followed more sewage testing acrosss 17 regional local government areas.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian flagged a likely expansion of the lockdown of western NSW at her 11am COVID-19 press conference, in an attempt to control the spread in Walgett and Dubbo.
She labelled Saturday the "most concerning day" after 466 COVID-19 cases and four deaths were recorded in the daily coronavirus figures, in the 24 hours to 8pm on Friday night.
It's the first time the entire state has been locked down since the first coronavirus outbreak in 2020.
The state's MPs learned the decision to order an entire state shutdown in an online conference meeting on Saturday.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall posted on social media writing: "I know this is challenging for many, but we need to continue to support one another."
Lismore MP Janelle Saffin, whose electorate includes Tenterfield, said: "While there are no reported cases in our region today, I encourage everyone with any symptoms to get tested."
ACM understands NSW Health had considered restricting the lockdown to western NSW local government areas before deciding to extend it across the state.
The reasons you may leave your home include:
- Shopping for food or other essential goods and services.
- Medical care or compassionate needs (people can leave home to have a COVID-19 vaccination unless you have been identified as a close contact).
- Exercise outdoors in groups of two or fewer (unless members of the same household).
- Work, where you cannot work from home.
Schooling will be done from home in most cases.
Masks must be worn indoors (not including the home) and in outdoor settings where you cannot socially distance from others.
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