Sydney’s Covid cases have started to decline as the city recorded its lowest daily case load in nearly two weeks.

However, health officials said they needed to see a continued drop in cases before deciding whether the city, which has been under lockdown for 12 weeks, had passed the peak. 

Sydney’s state of New South Wales state reported 1,127 new local cases on Tuesday, down from 1,257 the previous day.

“It’s too early to know if we’re flattening the curve, but we’re seeing, pleasingly so far, that cases haven’t been increasing as fast as they have been,” Jeremy McAnulty, NSW Executive Director of Public Health Response, told reporters in Sydney.

“We’ll look to see what’s happening throughout the rest of this week to know how we’re going.”

Almost half of Australia’s population remains in lockdown, as the country battles the highly infectious delta variant. 

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