Tighter blockage restrictions extend to another Sydney LGA as NSW reports 262 new COVID-19 cases


Sydney, Australia—Twelve suburbs in the Western Sydney Council area of ​​Penrith have been added to the government’s “area of ​​concern” for COVID-19 transmission and blocked as daily NSW infections continue to exceed the government’s zero target. The restrictions have been tightened.

NSW recorded 262 new local COVID-19 cases between 24 hours and 8 pm Saturday, of which at least 72 were infectious.

An unvaccinated woman in her 80s at a Wyoming Nursing Home in Summerhill died after being infected with the virus.

Prime Minister Gladys Berejikrian said on Sunday that 12 suburbs of the Penrith Municipal Area would join eight council areas in western and southwest Sydney as a concern for COVID-19.

The suburbs include Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Coryton, Erskine Park, Kemp Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clare, and St Marys.

People in these suburbs can leave the council area only if they are authorized workers. Also, you are limited to shopping and exercising within 5 km of your home and you must wear a mask outdoors.

There are 129 active COVID-19 cases in the Penrith Council area.

“These are suburbs that border these eight local governments, and we want to make sure they stop the flow of viruses that invade additional communities,” said Beregikrian.

However, the Georges River Council area may soon be removed as a concern area due to the low number of new infections.

Greater Sydney and its surrounding areas are in a government-imposed blockage until at least August 28, as residents fight to contain the outbreak of the toxic Delta COVID-19 strain. The Hunter and Armidale regions have also withstood a sudden seven-day blockade.

There are 58 patients in the intensive care unit in New South Wales, 24 of whom are ventilated. None of those 58 were fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, hundreds of young people in Sydney have been waiting for hours to receive an AstraZeneca jab at a walk-in clinic in Greaves.

NSW Health has introduced eight additional vaccinations throughout the day to shorten rows over 100 meters. About 1,000 people were vaccinated in the field in three days.

Almost 46% of New South Wales residents over the age of 16 have been vaccinated at least once, compared to 40.95% a week ago.

Almost 23 percent of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.

Beregikrian reiterated the government’s view on Sunday that vaccination offers the primary means by which people can take action to help end a pandemic.

The Government of New South Wales is not considering returning to pre-pandemic freedom until vaccination rates reach 70%, but Mr. Beregikrian said some restrictions could be relaxed at a rate of 50%. He said he had sex.

Her government wants to hit 6 million jabs by the end of the month, which requires an average of 65,000 jabs per day.

“That doesn’t mean we’re going back to pre-occurrence, which means that September could be the month we have more freedom,” she says. I did.

“There are two things that make it a condition: keep the case numbers as low as possible and continue vaccination.

“We know that in the future, freedom will depend on vaccination,” she said.