Lisa Wilkinson warns 'the game has changed' after NSW's record Covid numbers

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Lisa Wilkinson shared her thoughts on the NSW record case numbers on The Project, summing up most people's feelings after 239 cases were confirmed on Thursday.

The Project host said on Thursday night, "Like most people in NSW at the moment – that number that started with a two today felt like a real gut punch."

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Lisa Wilkinson summed up the feelings of NSW citizens after saying it felt like a 'gut punch' hearing Thursday's record Covid numbers. Photo: Ten

Speaking no doubt on behalf of many NSW citizens she said, "I think we thought that it might nudge close to 200 but the fact that it was so far over the 200 number really felt like the game has changed – we are in a whole different realm. 

"I don't think anybody thinks for a moment that we will be out of this at the end of August."

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She did, however, point out the fact Covid vaccine hesitation has reduced and said it will "hopefully give a lot of people in NSW who get the vaccine a fighting chance".

Lisa pointed out younger people like Abbie Chatfield, who was vaccinated this week, sharing photos of themselves getting the jab will likely help reduce hesitancy in people to get the Astra Zeneca vaccine.

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Lisa said, "I don't think anybody thinks for a moment that we will be out of this at the end of August." Photo: Ten

"Get in and get it done," Lisa added.

There were a record number of tests conducted on Wednesday with 110,962 people coming forward for tests, however, with 70 people infectious in the community, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian believes the situation is set to worsen.

Stricter rules have been put in for Sydneysiders living in the eight hotspot LGAs in the west and south-western suburbs, who have to wear a mask every time they step foot out of their homes. 

From midnight on Saturday morning, those residents will also be unable to travel more than 5km from their homes for shopping or exercise.

"These measures are the harshest Australia has ever faced in a lockdown," Ms Berejiklian said.

"The Delta strain is different to anything we have seen. I appreciate whilst all of us are under stress and pressure with the lockdown, if you live in those eight local government areas, we are asking so much of you."

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