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Australia NSW Health investigating staff at anti-lockdown protests

00:08  31 july  2021
00:08  31 july  2021 Source:   9news.com.au

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NSW Health authorities have confirmed they are investigating reports that a number of staff attended last weekend's anti-lockdown protests.

It comes as police warn against gatherings again this weekend amid threats of people protesting the strict conditions trying to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Sydney.

"NSW Health agencies are aware of reports of four staff who it is claimed attended the lockdown protest," a NSW Health spokesperson told 9News.

"Each report is being investigated and any individuals found to have breached the code of conduct will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action."

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Sydney's lockdown was extended again this week as the number of new coronavirus cases continued to grow at a worrying rate. There were 170 new infections on Friday, 42 of which were in the community while infectious, suggesting numbers will rise across the weekend.

Police will be on edge again after last weekend's protest that saw thousands converge on the Sydney CBD, which led to 60 people so far locked up and more than 200 infringement notices issued, with that number expected to grow as a strike force investigates.

But perhaps the biggest implication has been the potential for the protests to help spread the Delta variant of the virus, with NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant saying it was possible somebody who had attended the rallies had been infectious.

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She said no documented cases of COVID-19 had been noted as having attended the protest, but that people could have not revealed their presence.


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At least one positive case who "attempted" to attend developed COVID-19 afterwards.

"They did not know they had COVID," she said.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller warned that people protesting anywhere in Sydney over the weekend will be met by "up to 1000 police".

"Coming into town to protest is not the answer," he said.

"If you think you can splinter from that and protest somewhere else in Greater Sydney, that force will be mobile and will be waiting for you."You have been given plenty of warnings."

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has reinforced the government's appeal to people not to attend any protest action.

"It's going to prolong the pain for all of us," she said.

"Surely you care about your loved ones.

"Don't give them a death sentence."

A total of 2152 people have tested positive since the beginning of the Delta outbreak and there are currently 187 people in hospital with COVID-19.

There are 58 people in intensive care and 24 of those are on ventilators.

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