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  • NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian warns protestors they risk harming their friends and family if they attend further anti-lockdown protests
  • Another 170 cases of the virus have been identified on Friday, with officials confirming a man who attended last week's protests caught the virus
  • Around 1000 police will patrol planned protest sites tomorrow, with those caught protesting set to face hefty fines and arrest
  • Sydney's five-week-long lockdown will run for another four weeks at least, as the state deals with almost 3000 COVID-19 cases
  • NSW is accelerating its vaccine program as a result of the outbreak, with some Year 12 students set to be jabbed in the coming weeks

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is warning protestors they risk harming their friends and family if they attend further anti-lockdown protests in Sydney.

"Can I please warn against anybody taking up illegal activity and protesting tomorrow," Ms Berejiklian said.

"Your actions will hurt, forget about the rest of us, but you could be taking the disease home and passing it on to your parents, your siblings, your brothers and sisters or anybody you might have limited contact with.

"Do not give those you love the most a death sentence."

Ms Berejiklian's comments come ahead of more planned protests tomorrow in Sydney, which have the potential to become COVID-19 super-spreader events.

Around 1000 police will patrol the protest sites tomorrow, with those caught protesting set to face hefty fines or arrest.

One man who attended last week's rallies has tested positive for the virus, and health authorities said he would have been infectious while at the protest.

A total of 170 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the NSW community on Friday, while 239 new cases were recorded on Thursday.

All up, there were close to 3000 acquired cases of COVID-19 across NSW, after the outbreak began in Bondi in mid-June.

Greater Sydney residents will remain in lockdown for an extra four weeks, after spending the last five weeks in various levels of lockdown.

Health authorities in NSW have begun accelerating the state's vaccine program as a result of the outbreak, targeting 10 million jabs by the end of August.

Just under four million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far and Ms Berejiklian said Year 12 students would soon have the option of getting immunised.

"The advice on AstraZeneca has changed so anyone over 18 can come forward and get the vaccine," Ms Berejiklian said.

"It's really important for us to get as many jabs in arms as possible because more jabs in arms means more freedom for all of us."

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