Gladys Beregicrian, Prime Minister of New South Wales (NSW), said Sydney and its surroundings cannot “live reasonably” with delta strains of the CCP virus.
This is after NSW Health recorded 38 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, a disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, from 24 hours to 8 pm Wednesday.
This is the highest number of daily cases recorded since the first wave of last year, with most cases being infected at home. The state has recorded more than 12 new cases daily for the past few days, and since June 16th, the number of new cases has reached nearly 400.
Of particular concern to NSW Health was the number of people in the community during the period of infection.
Berejiklian suggested that the more transmissible Delta variant makes it difficult to continue the state’s “bold and courageous” approach.
She said Sydney and its surroundings are likely to remain blocked until current outbreaks have been significantly reduced and a significant proportion of the population has been vaccinated.
“This new variant is a game changer. There is no place on earth where we could live with this variant, the Deltavirus, without immunizing a portion of our population,” said Premier. .. “That’s why it’s so important to us that people follow their health advice.”
In New South Wales, 11 people are receiving intensive care and 3 are ventilated.
She also warned residents of Liverpool, Fairfield, and Canterbury Bankstown on the outskirts of Sydney to limit their movements and mixes to avoid violating health orders. This happens after multiple violations of the social distancing rule have been discovered in the past week.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who lives in Sydney, upheld the call by Beregikrian to urge Sydney residents to comply with the measures.
From the Kirribilli House at the Prime Minister’s Office in Sydney, he said he understood the frustration caused by the blockade and urged people to work with the state government to quell the outbreak.
“There is a compliance issue when it comes to casual contact between households,” he says. Told reporters.. “The virus doesn’t move itself, people do.”
“You can’t go from one house to the next,” he said.
Morrison also said that Australia would face realities like India and Indonesia as it tried to open up and live in Delta, reflecting Beregikrian’s sentiment towards Delta stocks.
He also said that despite vaccination, COVID-19 cases and mortality rates in other countries remain high.
“People are dying in Indonesia, people are still dying in Britain, people are still dying in America,” he said. “Yesterday, it means there were more cases in the UK than in the last 18 months.”
The Prime Minister also announced that the federal government would provide 300,000 additional AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccinations to the affected areas in Sydney, urging people to go out and be vaccinated.
Currently, it is estimated that approximately 9 percent of New South Wales’ population is fully vaccinated.
He also announced that affected people will be eligible for financial assistance and that the federal government will expand its hotspot payment program by abandoning the $ 325 and $ 500 COVID-19 support payment liquid asset tests. did.
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Business NSW estimated that the blockade would cost the state $ 1 billion a week. The state government has spent at least $ 1.4 billion on packages for small businesses and plans to continue expanding support.
AAP contributed to this article.