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Sydneysiders have been warned breaking pandemic rules could risk keeping the New South Wales capital locked down for longer.

The warning came as the number of new COVID-19 cases detected in the state halved from Saturday to Sunday, a figure, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned couldn’t be interpreted as a trend.

Dozens were fined over the weekend for lockdown breaches, including a trio caught camping in the Central Tablelands and 13 people who attended a party at NRL player Paul Vaughan’s house, risking bringing the competition to a halt.

The Premier, speaking before the party at the St George Illawarra Dragons player’s house was revealed, said rule-breaking could put the scheduled end of lockdown orders on Friday at risk.

“If 100 per cent of people did everything we asked them to do, then we would have a situation where we could see us coming out of the lockdown in a timely way,” she said.

“So the next few days are absolutely critical.”

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