NSW has made a stunning back-flipped on a further easing of COVID restrictions in the state less than 24 hours after announcing more patrons could dine at pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants from Friday.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the reversal on Wednesday after 11 new cases of locally acquired coronavirus in the 24 hours to 8pm the previous day.
Three cases in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine were also diagnosed in the state.
"We were going to ease some further restrictions, but we will be holding off until Dr (Kerry) Chant gives us the green light to say we are over the existing, current concerns," Ms Berejiklian said.
The latest Sydney hotspot has emerged at a Lakemba medical clinic.
The pause on further easing of restrictions in NSW has not been influenced by the outbreak at Shepparton which was included in the border region travel zone last month.
Events of the last 24 hours are expected to delay any end to the Victorian-NSW border closure in the short-term future.