NSW has recorded 31 new local cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total number of locally acquired cases since June 16 to 226. Don’t start panicking yet though, because even though it seems like a relatively high number, it’s actually pretty fine and here’s why.

Of those 31 cases, 27 were linked to previous infections, and 17 are household contacts. That’s a good thing because it means those cases aren’t the result of community transmission, which health officials are most concerned about with this new highly- contagious Delta variant.

“We also need to recognise that the Delta variant of the COVID virus is actually a gold medallist when it comes to jumping from one person to another – it is a long jumper,” Health Minister Brad Hazzard said shortly after the Sydney outbreak began.

Speaking at a press conference today, Gladys Berejiklian said that these high case numbers have been fairly consistent since the lockdown started and aren’t increasing exponentially (which is good by the way). The Premier said that we should also expect to see those numbers come down early next week, when the full impact of the lockdown will start kicking in.

“This pretty much reflects the days just before, and the day when we went into lockdown,”Berejiklian said.

“What we’re seeing today is a lag of the last couple of days before we went into lockdown.

“We are anticipating there could be an increase in numbers over the next few days, then, hopefully early next week, we should see the impact of the lockdown really turning and having a positive impact.”

As of today, there are now 172 people being treated for COVID-19, with three currently in ICU. There were also 21,289 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the last 24 hours, so go get the jab, if you can.

For an updated list of current Sydney exposure sites, head here.

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