Australia Covid news live update: dozens of new Sydney exposure sites as Brisbane in extended lockdown | Australia news
So, more than two million people in the Perth and Peel are emerging from lockdown this morning, and into some limited restrictions for the next three days.
Premier Mark McGowan laid out the path forward yesterday, outlining the restrictions of the next three days, which include a mask mandate and limits to visitors at home.
McGowan warned that although the lockdown had ended, “until we have enough West Australians vaccinated”, they would remain a necessary tool to curb outbreaks.
McGowan said different state’s interpretation of “last resort” meant they approached outbreaks differently.
“NSW’s version of ‘last resort’ is get 80 cases and then you have community spread and a lockdown that might go for weeks and weeks, if not months.”
“Our view of last resort is that you listen to the medical advice, you see if there’s any prospect of community spread and try and kill it quickly and efficiently right then rather than let it drag on and result in potentially catastrophic consequences.”
There are fears the Greater Sydney lockdown could be extended, after NSW Health identified 35 new exposure sites overnight.
The new close contact exposure sites include the Exquisite Brows and Spa in the Marrickville Metro, a Strathfield medical practice, the Manly Novotel and the Eastlakes Woolworths.
Further alerts have been issued for venues in Burwood, Auburn, Homebush, Strathfield, Eastern Creek, Roselands, Villawood and Lakemba in Sydney’s inner west and west; Bondi Beach and Bondi Junction in the east; Eastlakes, Matraville, Oatley, Caringbah, Kirrawee, Rockdale and South Hurstville in the south and south-east; and Avalon in the northern beaches.
So, it leaves us on a knife’s edge, with case numbers bubbling along all week. Many in the state will be keeping their fingers crossed we see a reduction over the weekend, as the lockdown begins to affect numbers.
Something else to keep an eye on this Saturday will be the testing numbers coming out of NSW. The state broke its own record for most tests in one day, recording a pretty amazing 73,000 tests in 24 hours, beating the previous record of 69,000 set in December, in the midst of the Avalon outbreak.
On that note, I was also one of the people getting tested yesterday, and incredibly I received my (thankfully negative) result only five hours later, so many thanks to the health staff making it possible.
Dozens of new Sydney exposure sites
Last night NSW Health added to the list of areas of concern:
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We’re expecting another big day of press conference again today, especially after New South Wales recorded 31 cases yesterday, the most in a single day since the outbreak began on 16 June.
Dr Kerry Chant, the CHO, has warned that the situation might get worse before it gets better, so we’ll be keeping an eye on case numbers today.
We’re also expecting to hear from Queensland today, who recorded three new cases yesterday, and with parts of Greater Brisbane waking up in an extended lockdown.
The premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, announced the extension, which is scheduled to run until 6pm tonight. Let’s hope nothing changes until then.
Otherwise, we’ll be here for whatever else may emerge and, after a wild week, you really cannot predict what will emerge, so let’s get stuck in.