Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the ‘vast majority’ of cases were in the Fairfield local government area in Sydney’s south-west and called for its residents to stay home as part of the city’s three-week lockdown unless they absolutely have to go out.
She said health officials were also still seeing high levels of transmission in the Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool government areas.
‘The risk is everywhere in those areas,’ she said. ‘We have to be upfront with where the virus is circulating at the moment.’
Monday’s triple-figure rise in coronavirus cases is the largest daily increase since April 2020.
In a lone bright spot though for Sydneysiders, there were only 34 cases out in the community while infectious compared to the 45 announced on Sunday.
However, Ms Berejiklian said there would have to be zero – or nearly zero – active community cases a day for her to consider easing the lockdown on July 16.
‘That is the number that we need to see go down to as close to zero as possible, before we can get advice from Health to say the lockdown can end,’ she said.
‘It’s critical, that’s something all of us have a role to play in.’
Two young Sydneysiders proudly wear their lockdown clothing whilst out getting a coffee with their dog in Surry Hills in the inner-city
Monday’s triple-figure rise in coronavirus cases is the largest daily increase since April 2020
The announcement comes just hours after a western Sydney mayor slammed the police blitz in her area to enforce Covid lockdown restrictions, instead advocating for more health workers.
‘We need the health response rather than the police response,’ Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller told the Today show on Monday morning.
The Mayor said people in her council were mostly complying with Covid restrictions and deploying the army in addition to higher police visibility would be ‘overkill’.
Police officers speak to a woman in Hyde Park in Sydney’s CBD on Sunday as they enforce the city’s three-week lockdown
Pictured are police on horseback in the Bankstown local government area, where ramped-up police patrols have been enforcing Sydney’s Covid-19 lockdown
‘[People] are very concerned that we’re being singled out,’ Ms Waller said. ‘We know from previous lockdowns [that people complied].
‘If we got an extra hundred health workers in our local area giving out the vaccines, rather than this, I think we’d get a better outcome.’
An extra 100 police officers patrolled the Liverpool, Fairfield and Canterbury-Bankstown councils on Friday in a crackdown on people breaching lockdown restrictions.
Ms Waller believed the more urgent issue was her constituents being able to easily access vaccinations near their homes.
A Sydneysider walks along Rose Bay beach in the city’s eastern suburbs. Residents are only allowed to exercise as far as 10km from their homes
‘We need people to set up in local areas like schools or local community centres and get the jab out,’ she said.
‘So people can actually get the vaccination and go home without travelling kilometres across LGAs.
‘It is about making sure vaccines are accessible to people, it’s not people being accessible to the vaccines. It should be the other way round.’
NSW Police reported they inspected 87 businesses, issued 51 warnings and handed out eight fines on the first day of the crackdown in south-west Sydney last week
A NSW Health Covid Testing clinic at Liverpool in Sydney’s south-west, where the Mayor said vaccination accessibility needed to be provided in local schools and community centres
Ms Waller said the vaccination hub at Homebush and another proposed in Campbelltown were too far for people in her council to travel, and local schools should be used to administer shots.
A 90-year-old woman died in Liverpool Hospital on Saturday morning after being infected by a family member.
She was only admitted to hospital 24 hours earlier.
NSW Police inspected 87 businesses, issued 51 warnings, and handed out eight fines on the first day of the crackdown last week.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Sunday revealed 77 new cases had been recorded of which 42 were out in the community for all, or part, of their infectious period.
Source: Daily Mail UK