Wednesday, January 19, 2022

NSW premier’s dire warning on covid: ‘Those numbers are going to go up’

New South Wales has recorded its highest daily Covid19 number yet with 44 new cases, prompting Premier Gladys Berejiklian to tighten current lockdown restrictions.
Even more concerningly for health authorities, the majority of those cases have not been in isolation while infectious.
Just 10 were in isolation throughout their infectious period, eight for part of the time and 19 have been out in the community. The isolation status of the remaining seven is still under investigation.
It marks another jump from yesterday’s record figure of 38 new coronavirus cases. At the time, it was the highest daily number in over a year.
The figures have prompted a dire warning from Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who has told Sydneysiders to brace for even higher daily case numbers in the days ahead.
The news has prompted a tightening of lockdown orders.
From now on, only two people or a single household are permitted to exercise outdoors and people must exercise within their local area, or within 10km of where they live.
Fairfield has been identified by authorities along with Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool as the areas of growing concern of fresh spread of COVID-19 from the current wave crippling Sydney that started in Bondi.
The figures have left some doubting whether Sydney and its surrounds will be able to emerge from lockdown even at the end of the one-week extension.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian insisted yesterday that the state can still meet that target – so long as if “every single person does the right thing”.
“Experts have told us it is achievable. If it was not achievable, we would not have provided those details to the community,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Almost 200 extra police officers have been deployed across the three south-western Local Government Areas of most concern to ensure compliance with the stay-at-home orders.
NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon said the measures are not racist or discriminatory and were necessary to ensure the latest outbreak doesn’t spread any further.
“Clearly health has given advice indicating that the south-western suburbs of Sydney are areas of significant concern at the moment,” Deputy Commissioner Lanyon told Today.
“This policing operation is to ensure that we keep the community safe and that we have people complying with those health orders.”
While some have compared the tough police measures in south-west Sydney with those applied when the virus first began spreading in Sydney’s eastern suburbs last month, Deputy Commissioner Lanyon said there were “significant areas of concern” in the south-west.

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