NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian cancels daily COVID press conference as state sets new infection record

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced the state’s daily 11:00am COVID-19 press conference will end from Monday, as the state recorded 1,542 new infections and nine deaths.The number of new cases is a new record for any Australian jurisdiction.Instead of the daily briefing, NSW Health will publish daily videos outlining the latest information.Ms Berejiklian said she and the Health Minister would address the public “intermittently” on a needs basis.”I will turn up when I need to but to expect the leader of the government indefinitely to do this every day means that I am not doing my job properly,” she said.The Premier said she “didn’t know how this would be received” and urged people not to drop their guard.LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemicEarlier this week, Ms Berejiklian released modelling which estimated COVID-19 cases would peak in NSW next week and that hospitalisations would surge next month. She has previously said “September and October will be really difficult” for the state.”What we need to do is all of us have to start accepting that we need to live with COVID because COVID would be around for three or four years,” she said today.Despite the daily COVID press conference being a fixture of the Delta outbreak the Premier rejected the suggestion she was trying to hide from the public.”We have the most transparent information of any state,” she said.”Apart from repeating the numbers that health repeats, we have to make sure we have something important to say and I think people understand the health messaging now.”In 2020 the Premier only ceased daily press conferences when NSW was recording a very low number or zero COVID-19 infections per day.Among the deaths in the latest reporting period was a man in his 30s who died at Nepean Hospital.A woman in her 40s from south-west Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital and a woman in her 50s from the Central Coast died at Gosford Hospital.The other people who died were aged in this 60s, 70s and 80s.Ms Berejiklian said although there had been a recent stabilisation of cases in the Canterbury-Bankstown area in Sydney’s west, infections were on the rise again.Deputy Premier John Barilaro said cases were stabilising in regional areas of the state, although they were still high in the Illawarra region.He welcomed the decision by the Queensland Government to reintroduce the border bubble.”It’s good news today for the people in the north of the state …. the Tweed community, the Northern Rivers community and fingers crossed we can keep the new arrangements in place to support those communities.”

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