Coronavirus restrictions are not likely to be eased for NSW residents ahead of Mother’s Day but the premier says life could return to something resembling normal by the end of June.
Gladys Berejiklian made the comments on Thursday ahead of a national cabinet meeting on Friday which will focus on easing social restrictions.
Ms Berejiklian said life in NSW could return to something resembling normal by the end of June but noted restrictions will not change in the state in time for Mother’s Day on Sunday.
NSW recorded three new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday including two additional Newmarch House staff members.
Operators Anglicare later confirmed a third staff member had tested positive.
Thirty-two staff members and 37 residents have contracted the virus so far.
Anglicare on Thursday evening confirmed it had agreed to new conditions imposed by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, including the appointment of independent advisor Andrew Kinkade.
Mr Kinkade will help manage the COVID-19 outbreak at the western Sydney facility for three months.
Newmarch also agreed to not admit any new residents “until it can demonstrate that the serious risk to care recipients at the service has been effectively addressed”, a spokesman told AAP.
Anglicare ran the risk of losing its approved aged care provider status if it didn’t agree to the conditions by 5pm on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Ruby Princess cruise ship, which is linked to more than 20 coronavirus deaths and 600 infections nationwide, arrived in Manila in the Philippines on Thursday after departing Port Kembla two weeks ago.
A determination will be made with authorities in the Philippines regarding the repatriation of the Filipino crew.
NSW has 3044 cases of coronavirus with 10 people in intensive care. The state’s death toll stands at 46.