Original article by Yoni Bashan, Rachel Baxendale
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 28-Jul-21
The New South Wales government is set to extend the lockdown of Greater Sydney by four weeks, following a meeting of its crisis cabinet. The state has recorded 172 new locally-acquired COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest daily infection rate during the current outbreak; 79 of these people were active in the community while they were infectious. The government is expected to announce a ‘singles bubble’ to allow people to meet indoors during the extended lockdown, while the two-week ban on construction work is likely to be eased from 31 July. The government is also said to be considering the use of rapid antigen tests for essential workers and new support measures for the business sector.