NSW coronavirus infections rises to 1405 as government focuses on local transmissions

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the COVID-19 cases in NSW are still increasing, and authorities are most concerned about community to community transmission.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant and NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller are providing an update on COVID-19Credit:Nine News

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said that as of 8pm Thursday, there are 1405 cases in NSW – 877 of those cases are overseas acquired, 278 are locally acquired.

That represents an increase of 186 new cases from the same time on Wednesday night. Dr Chant said the number of cases with no known source has increased to 145.

The number of people being treated for the virus in NSW is 134, with 19 in ICU and 53 in hospital wards.

Ms Berejiklian stressed the importance of maintaining social distancing.

"When you have cases that come from overseas, you can monitor them and you have a source. But when it is community-to-community transmission and you don't have a source," Ms Berejiklian said.

"That means the virus is starting to spread in the community without us know where and that's a concern. That's why it is so important that all of us, all of us, maintain social distancing."

"If NSW has to take difficult decisions we will. We don't want more people in hospital than we can cope with."

Ms Berejiklian's comments underline news reports on Friday that NSW is preparing to go it alone with tougher lockdown measures.

Ms Berejiklian is asked what the trigger point is for moving to a full lockdown.

She says there are a "number of things you need to look at", adding that "every decision we make has massive consequences."

"Most importantly, what we look at is community activity to make sure people aren't breaking the rules that we set in place. We also look at the number of people who are presenting at hospital."

"If I gave you a number and said this is the trigger point, that would be a mistake because that's not the right way to look at the decision-making at this point."

Ms Berejiklian rules out shutting NSW borders, adding that Victoria also opposes the measure.

"I don't see how shutting state borders helps," she said. "NSW and Victoria are on the same page on that."

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