With 13 of New South Wales' 31 newly recorded COVID-19 cases having been in the community while infectious, Premier Gladys Berejiklian is expecting numbers to continue to rise.
At today's daily COVID-19 press conference, Berejiklian warned infection numbers would likely keep going up as 13 were active in the community before lockdown measures were implemented.
"I do want to stress that this pretty much reflects the days just before the day we went into lockdown," the Premier said.
"So we're anticipating that there could be an increase in numbers over the next few days and then hopefully early next week we should see the impact of the lockdown really churning and having a positive impact."
As such, the Premier has reiterated the importance of staying home during the lockdown period to slow the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus.
"Stay at home means stay at home. Don't leave the house unless you absolutely have to," Berejiklian said.
"And please make sure that if you are a worker doing an essential job that you do not turn up if you have the mildest of symptoms. This strain is so transmissible, so infectious, that even a fleeting passing can have that impact.
"The next few days are critical because we know that what we're doing until this point in time is mopping up in the last few days leading into the lockdown."
There have been 226 locally acquired COVID-19 cases reported since 16 June 2021 when the first case of the Bondi cluster, a driver who transported international flight crew, was reported.
Of these, 188 are now directly linked to the Bondi cluster.
Updated at 11.50am AEST on 2 July 2021.
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