Harsh new restrictions will ‘stabilise’ COVID cases over the next fortnight

There is "hope" the new harsh restrictions announced by Gladys Berejiklian will be able to at least stabilise the curve over the next fortnight despite cases expected to rise to more than 1,000 a day, says Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell.

The New South Wales government plunged the state into tougher restrictions with the harshest measures to be applied in particular local government areas (LGAs) of Greater Sydney.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Friday morning announced the drastic "final measures" in a bid "to do everything we can, and to throw everything at getting the case numbers down".

"NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said on Friday for the first time in a long time that she was happy with the new settings," Mr Clennell said.

"It’s clear, as I’ve reported, that her advice and the federal government’s advice to introduce tougher lockdown measures to stem the virus spread have been ignored by the premier for weeks.

"Dr Chant denied ever threatening to resign during the crisis but I have been told that after her appearance at a parliamentary committee hearing on the COVID response where Brad Hazzard, the health minister, was quite rude to the inquisitors, Dr Chant did tell Gladys Berejiklian she was considering her future and was talked out of going."