A curfew imposed on more than two million people in the 12 Sydney suburbs hardest hit by the spread of the delta variant will end on Wednesday night, authorities said, stopping short of easing more lockdown restrictions.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned it would be against the law for unvaccinated people to attend any public venues once the state hits 70 per cent, when the fully vaccinated are promised more freedom.

“It’s black and white. If you’re not vaccinated, you can’t go to a restaurant, you can’t go to a cafe,” she said, urging the unvaccinated to get their shots soon.

New South Wales, the epicentre of Australia’s delta outbreak, reported a slight rise in new infections to 1,259, the majority in Sydney, from 1,127 on Tuesday, and 12 deaths.

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