New South Wales ‘anticipating’ a surge in cases

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says for Australians to “not to be concerned” over what is predicted in the next few weeks with an expectation of a potential surge in COVID case numbers.

“I do say to everybody the job of our contact traces is made easier if people get tested as soon as they think they may have been exposed and that they respond to the health advice,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“I just ask people to be patient but also follow the health advice…the vast majority of cases, the vast majority of the way we do things, is short of, is extremely positive and efficient.

“I just want to assure people how our systems are holding up, how we put planning in place for a long time, we know this will be the most difficult period of time for all of our frontline health workers, and for many of them, they are already feeling it.

“I am not suggesting it is going to be rosy by any stretch but I want to as much as possible warn people about what to expect in the next few weeks.

“But also say to people we’re expecting it and not to be concerned, not to be concerned to the extent that we are anticipating this, we’ve been planning for it.”