NSW has reported 415 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and four more people have died as lockdown continues across the state. Two foreign cases were also registered.
Of those people, at least 66 had been circulating in the community for all or part of their infectious period, with 273 being under investigation.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned she did not want to see the state go down the path it faces overseas with very high vaccination rates, with thousands and thousands of cases a day.
“Our opportunity to move forward for Australia is what has happened everywhere,” the premier said. “So we’re really begging people to take this seriously, please learn to protect yourself and your loved ones and protect our freedom going forward. If you want to pursue freedom, just the right thing to do.” Do. Stay home.
“The future is in our hands. We have the choice to do the right thing. We have the option to follow the rules and get vaccinated, and a combination of following the rules and getting vaccinated will help us get to the time frame where we want it to be.
“But the risk is that if too many people do the wrong thing, the trajectory that NSW and Australia will follow is the same thing that happens overseas every day with thousands and thousands of cases, and so many deaths. We do that. Don’t want to see it happen… That’s why we’re asking everyone to do what they’re told. We know it’s hard, but we’re really in this together.”
All of NSW entered a seven-day lockdown on Saturday evening, with fines of up to $5,000 announced for violating health orders and strong powers given to police to enforce rules.
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr. Kerry Chant said 62 people are currently in the ICU.
“I personally do not want to see an increasing number of deaths and hospitalizations, and this requires each of us to act and comply urgently, and there is no complacency … [to the public health orders],” He said.
She said increasing vaccinations and staying home to reduce transmission were key to Delta’s management of the outbreak.
“There is no silver bullet. Vaccination is not a silver bullet, it is a tool,” she said. “And vaccination alone will not get us out of this situation.
“We need to follow public health orders and my message to everyone, let’s double our efforts for the next few weeks, reduce those number of cases, stay home.”
She continued, “You need about two to three weeks after vaccination for any effect to happen. But vaccination is part of the solution. It helps us because if a person is vaccinated, he will get the disease. is less likely to occur, especially if she has taken two doses, and therefore, this means that she is less likely to pass it on to others, and also that she would have been less likely to need hospital care and admission to intensive care Is.”
He thanked the majority of the people in the community who are doing the right thing to comply with health orders, and all those involved in the behind the scenes work, without whom “we would see increasing cases,” Jap said.
“And you can look overseas, and you can see how the delta can spread. So the fact that we’ve kept the numbers at our level is because of a lot of behind-the-scenes work. But we have to Community is needed to live. And as I say, I can’t describe my level of concern if we don’t reduce these matters.”
“Everyone has to play his part, it is not something the government can solve alone,” he said.
New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barillaro encouraged residents of rural NSW to follow lockdown rules to help them get on top of the virus quickly.
“With what we have already seen in Orange, a sharp, tough lockdown has meant that we have seen freedom return soon in regional NSW.
“The reality is, if we do the right thing over the next seven days, this lockdown in areas will be shorter, faster, but effective in protecting communities going forward,” he said.
NSW Police indicated it would be out in full force to enforce compliance in affected local government areas from Monday.
Some 800 ADF personnel will also take to the streets.
The lockdown was announced after rising numbers in regional areas and fragments of the virus were found in sewage systems in places with no known cases.
Police Minister David Elliott says every officer in NSW is now forced to ensure compliance with the lockdown.
“From Tweed Heads to Albury,” he told the Nine Network.
The Australian Medical Association had asked NSW to lock down the entire state, saying the health system could no longer manage the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.
“Our already vulnerable rural and regional health systems will be unable to cope with the increase in cases,” AMA NSW President Danielle McMullen said in a statement.
Restrictions are also tightened in Greater Sydney from next week, with exercise limited to five kilometers from home, down to 10 for some stretches.
Berejiklian also announced that people in Greater Sydney would need a permit to travel to regional NSW and that single people would be required to register their “single friends”.
People in the recently closed regional areas will have to leave their place of residence only for an essential reason.
Everyone should wear a mask at all times, no visitors are allowed in the home unless for caregivers’ responsibilities or for compassionate reasons and in a relationship.
Deputy Prime Minister John Barillaro said he expected the regional NSW lockdown to continue for no more than seven days.
Meanwhile, the federal government has announced that rapid antigen testing will be progressively introduced in residential aged care facilities in Greater Sydney.
This will ensure more regular resident and visitor testing.
“The rate at which we know the delta variant can spread between people, the very rapid variation of the RAT – about 15 minutes – makes these tests useful in preventing asymptomatic transmission and outbreaks because they are used on a daily basis. Can be done,” Health Minister Greg Hunt said.
Berejiklian has previously set a target of six million vaccinations by the end of the month. Over 50 lakh jabs have been administered in NSW to date.
Queensland reported no new local COVID-19 cases on Sunday, while the ACT reported two more new cases, taking the total to nine.
The Epoch Times contributed to this report.
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