Sydney’s blockade extends to Hunter Region as the state records five deaths


Five dead in an outbreak of the CCP virus delta variant in New South Wales, Australia (NSW) as authorities move across the Great Sydney border to extend the blockade to the Hunter region north of the city. Reported to be related.

Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Dungog, Singleton and Muswellbrook are locked down after a large number of virus fragments and new infections were detected in the Hunter region from 5 pm Thursday. increase.

The blockade will continue until midnight next Thursday.

NSW Prime Minister Gladys Beregikrian previously said the strict government blockade restrictions were the result of low vaccination rates, calling on residents to vaccinate on Thursday, 6 million by August 29. He said the blockade would end once the vaccinations were given. It is 80 percent of the state’s population.

“I encourage everyone to come forward and get vaccinated. It doesn’t matter which vaccine you give,” she said. “If we all work hard, we can reach our goal of 6 million by the end of August.”

She also expressed condolences to the deceased’s family, stating that four out of five had not been vaccinated and one had only one vaccination, but said the loss was horrifying. ..

“We can’t fully emphasize how important it is for everyone of all ages to get out and get vaccinated,” she said.

The Government of New South Wales said it has a large supply of AstraZeneca vaccine and is expected to receive another 180,000 Pfizer vaccines from the federal government in the next two weeks.

The prime minister is also considering the idea of ​​providing people with incentives to encourage vaccination. This is what Prime Minister Scott Morrison considered a “free incentive.”

This may include permission for some employees to return to work and a new vaccinated “meal and discovery” program.

“Vaccines save lives and keep people away from hospitals … I feel that all jurisdictions around the world are challenging Delta,” said Beregikrian.

“We can try to eliminate it, but we know that vaccines are important to stop the epidemic and allow us to consider options to move forward.”

But the Prime Minister of New South Wales and other politicians in the Prime Minister’s own party are against this.

The state recorded 262 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, a disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, from 24 hours to 8 pm Wednesday.

For authorities, 45 new cases were circulating in the community during the infection period.

Dr. Kelly Chant, Chief Health Officer of New South Wales, said five people had captured COVID-19 at a rally at Blacksmiths Beach, south of Newcastle, on Friday, July 30.

Lake Manmora Public School has been closed for cleaning after two students and one student at Morristo High School were found infected with the virus.

The Associated Press of Australia contributed to this report.

Victoria Kelly Clark