Gladys Berejiklian has weighed in on when the NSW restrictions will end – and it’s not good news for those after a short, sharp lockdown. Gladys Berejiklian has warned NSW’s Covid-19 lockdown is “highly unlikely” to end on Friday as the state plunged further into crisis. NSW recorded another 77 cases on Sunday, including 33 in the community while infectious, and its first death from Covid-19 in months.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was initially resistant to imposing a lockdown. Still, the state has entered its third week of harsh restrictions as it failed to bring the outbreak under control. The extended lockdown was slated to expire on Friday night, but Ms. Berejiklian poured cold water on the prospect of ending on time. “Everybody can tell it’s doubtful at this stage, given where the numbers are,” she said on Sunday.
“We’ve always been upfront about that. I’ve always said we need that exposure number in the community … to be as close to zero as possible, so we’re confident that we haven’t missed any chains of transmission.”
Ms. Berejiklian conceded the numbers “aren’t going in the right direction” and was particularly concerned about the high number of positive cases who had been out in the community.
“The quicker we continue to do the right thing, the quicker we can get out of this lockdown … That’s the strongest advice we have,” she said. Sunday’s figure was NSW’s most significant single-day case increase since mid-2020, and Ms. Berejiklian warned, “that trend will continue” “Given the number of people exposed in the community overnight, I’m anticipating the numbers in NSW will be greater than a hundred tomorrow,” he said.
That’s what I’m anticipating. I’ll be shocked if it’s less than (that).
NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant said authorities could not afford to put out “spot fires” created by people interacting unnecessarily and said the lockdown was designed to minimize mobility.
“You should have basically hardly been out of the house, hardly been in contact with anyone else, and therefore we (can) have confidence that the chain of transmission is really broken,” she said.