“There are a couple of local government areas we are considering taking out of areas of concern,” Ms Berejiklian said during Tuesday’s press conference.
“These are opportunities we have to look at and it depends on health advice but I want to foreshadow there are a couple of LGAs experiencing a drop in numbers (but) I don’t want to speculate.”
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Health are assessing what LGAs of concern could be reclassified with the rest of Greater Sydney. Picture: NCA NewsWire / James Gourley
Burwood, Bayside, Georges River and Strathfield are four of the council areas that have low infections with strong vaccination rates.
Figures showed Burwood only recorded six infections in the past week, with only one case as recent as Monday.
Strathfield recorded only five infections on Monday while Georges River and Bayside both had 17 cases.
Ms Berejiklian added NSW Health will take into account jab rates and case numbers before she considered lifting restrictions.
It’s expected an announcement could be made as early as this week as long as figures remain low.
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Twelve LGAs are currently on the hot spot list including Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Canterbury-Bankstown, Campbelltown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, and some suburbs of Penrith.
Residents in those council areas must follow additional restrictions including a curfew time of 9pm to 5am and only being allowed one hour of exercise a day.
Other regions will not likely see a reclassification, especially in the city’s southwest and western suburbs where more than 80 per cent of the state’s local cases continue to be contracted.
Burwood local government area is one of the councils that will likely see an easing of restrictions after recording only six cases in the past week. Picture: Getty Images
The state recorded 1,290 local coronavirus cases – the highest daily number in any Australian state since the pandemic began – and four additional deaths, including the first in regional NSW.
There have now been 93 COVID-related deaths in NSW during the latest outbreak and a total of 149 in the state since the start of the pandemic.
There are currently 840 COVID-19 cases in hospital, with 137 people in intensive care and 48 of those on ventilators.
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In good news, NSW is three days away from reaching 70 per cent of the population with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 12 days away from reaching 80 per cent with one jab.
Ms Berejiklian hinted more freedoms are on the way once the state hits 60 per cent fully vaccinated in late September.
Join Sky News Australia live from 11am for the NSW COVID-19 press conference.

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