Australia 'Panicked states, media hysteria and political pressure' pushed Berejiklian down 'lockdown path'
NSW Health records additional COVID-19 case, masks mandatory for public transport in Greater Sydney
NSW records one new locally acquired COVID-19 infection authorities fear was the result of "very fleeting contact" with a previous case.The growing case numbers have prompted NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to reintroduce mask wearing on public transport.
Sky News host Chris Kenny says despite restrictions in New South Wales working well, "border closures by other panicked states, hysteria from the media, and political pressure" has pushed Premier Gladys Berejiklian to go down "the lockdown path".
"Now as you know I have long praised the NSW response to this pandemic, and despite the current hysteria, the breathless media reporting, and the petty political point-scoring, the management of Gladys Berejiklian and her Chief Health Adviser Dr Kerry Chant remains head and shoulders ahead the rest of the country," he said.
Masks now mandatory on Sydney public transport after new COVID-19 case
The man in his 50s attended Myer at Westfield Bondi Junction and had "fleeting" contact with an infected driver.
"They have hosted most of the hotel quarantine caseload for this country; the only state doing its fair share of the heavy-lifting when it comes to getting Australians through quarantine and back home.
"Four council areas covering the CBD and eastern suburbs of Sydney are under an effective lockdown now; although it's not a word that the premier wants to use."
Mr Kenny said "you can't lockdown and hide forever" given there have been "no deaths in Australia this year, no one seriously ill and in hospital right now".
"But after six unnecessary and demonstrably ineffectual lockdowns across the country so far this year, Sydney is, unofficially, in the nation's 7th lockdown of the year, and no one seems to be enunciating a plan to end this madness," he said.
NSW records 30 cases as new 'super-spreader' venue emerges .
It's the highest number of daily cases since the start of the Bondi outbreak, but Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned further increases were expected in coming days.New South Wales has recorded 30 new community cases of COVID-19 as Greater Sydney and surrounds enter their first full day of lockdown.