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Australia Australia's top doctor has called for a harsher Sydney lockdown

00:42  01 august  2021
00:42  01 august  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Lockdown in NSW drags on as new cases soar

  Lockdown in NSW drags on as new cases soar Residents of Greater Sydney and its surrounds are heading toward the end of a month-long lockdown with no end in sight after 110 new COVID cases on Tuesday."We need to wait until at least the weekend and early next week to see the impact of those harsher restrictions," NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Wednesday.

Australia ' s most senior practising doctor has called for a tougher lockdown across all of Greater Sydney as Covid cases number remain high. Australian Medical Association president Dr Omar Khorshid, a Perth-based hip and knee surgeon, said Covid-19 didn't recognise suburb boundaries and called for more stringent rules across Australia ' s biggest city to slow the spread of the virus. Residents of eight council areas in Sydney 's west and south-west are living under tighter restrictions, with the whole of Greater Sydney under lockdown until at least August 28 as cases numbers of the

The NSW leader claimed Sydney was in Australia ' s harshest lockdown to date. Victoria had harder rules in place during 112-day lockdown last year. Health experts say restrictions in place 'not enough' to deal with Delta variant. The New South Wales Premier has opened an entire arena to help boost the state's vaccination rates and called in 1,000 police and soldiers to enforce Sydney 's lockdown as New South Wales recorded another 170 Covid-19 cases overnight. She said while the number of new cases was 'considerably less' than Thursday she expected that figure could spike again on Saturday.

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Australia's most senior practising doctor has called for a tougher lockdown across all of Greater Sydney as Covid cases number remain high.

Australian Medical Association president Dr Omar Khorshid, a Perth-based hip and knee surgeon, said Covid-19 didn't recognise suburb boundaries and called for more stringent rules across Australia's biggest city to slow the spread of the virus.

Residents of eight council areas in Sydney's west and south-west are living under tighter restrictions, with the whole of Greater Sydney under lockdown until at least August 28 as cases numbers of the highly-infectious Delta strain stubbornly remain in the triple digits, after five weeks of less freedom.

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With Sydney still in lockdown amid a handful of new Covid-19 cases, the top health official for New South Wales has called for a new level of social-distancing inhumanity: not having conversations with other people. After reporting a whopping 78 new Covid-19 cases and one death in the state, Chief Health Officer Dr . Kerry Chant told reporters on Tuesday that Australians shouldn’t engage in conversations, even if both parties were wearing masks, and regardless of vaccination status. Chant also called on residents to continue staying at home and to refrain from visiting friends and family.

Australia has deployed hundreds of soldiers to Sydney to help enforce a Covid lockdown . A Delta outbreak which began in June has produced nearly 3,000 infections and led to nine deaths. Australian Defence Force soldiers will undergo training on the weekend before beginning unarmed patrols on Monday. Others have called for the government to increase its vaccine drive and support services for the affected communities. Australia ' s rate of vaccination - 17% of the adult population - remains one of the lowest among OECD nations. media captionAustralia’s vaccine rollout a ‘colossal failure’

They are banned from leaving home for work, unless they are employed in health, aged care or emergency services, must now wear face masks outdoors and have a 5km limit on leaving home - compared with 10km in the rest of Sydney, Wollongong, the Blue Mountains and the Central Coast.

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'COVID-19 does not respect geography or local government boundaries on a map, and clear and simple rules applied everywhere will make a difference - including mandatory mask wearing indoors and outdoors when outside the home,' Dr Korshid  said.

'We don't know if it will be possible to eliminate the Delta strain from Sydney, but the benefits of doing so will be enormous and worth the inconvenience, disruption and real hardship being faced by all of Sydney at the moment'.

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“You’ve just got to lockdown metropolitan Sydney ,” he told RN Breakfast. “Christmas will be a superspreading event in Sydney if we don’t get this under control. “You really need to be worried because you don’t know what’ s happening in the community. Stop people interacting with each other for a In November, South Australia announced a lockdown of the whole state for six days after the state recorded a new outbreak, with the restrictions some of the toughest seen in Australia . Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan urged NSW to “crush and kill’ it’ s growing number of COVID-19

NSW Police have called in the Australian Defence Force to enforce lockdown . Police Force is significantly expanding its enforcement in Sydney . Follows premier' s admission she should have locked Sydney down sooner. 239 new cases announced on Thursday, at least 70 infectious in the community. NSW has called in the Australian Defence Force to enforce its hardcore lockdown on two million Sydneysiders after the state recorded its worst-ever Covid numbers. Commissioner Fuller said the NSW Police Force and the ADF had forged a close relationship throughout the pandemic.

While Dr Khorshid urged anyone considering going to any protests to stay home as they are only potentially extending the lockdown they are against.


Video: Greater Sydney faces harsher lockdown conditions (Sky News Australia)

'If you want to be part of the solution, go get the vaccine and stay at home,' he said.

Up to a thousand police officers will be on duty to meet anyone considering attending an anti-lockdown protest in Sydney this weekend, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has warned.

Mr Fuller said police had already detained 60 people from last week's protests and issued more than 200 infringement notices.

The commissioner said police had to 'expect there's going to be a protest' after monitoring online activity.

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NSW Chief Medical Officer Kerry Chant said authorities were still investigating whether a COVID-positive person had attended last Saturday's protest, which saw thousands march through Sydney's CBD demonstrating against the state's lockdown laws.

Thousands of calls dob in 'disgraceful' protesters to police

  Thousands of calls dob in 'disgraceful' protesters to police More than 5,500 reports have been made to police from concerned members of the public in the wake of violent protests in Sydney's CBD on the weekend.More than 5,500 reports have been made to police, so far, from concerned members of the public in the wake of violent protests that took place in Sydney's CBD on Saturday.

Anti- lockdown protests planned in Sydney on Saturday have failed to materialise, with police confident a crackdown on movement and checkpoints entering the city prevented a repeat of the lockdown -violating mass gatherings seen last weekend. The organisers instead called on followers to gather for a protest scheduled late in August. A handful of members of the Telegram channels used to organise protests sent pictures of police checkpoints on roads and in Hyde Park, warning others not to join.

'Players have been called off immediately.' In the video uploaded to Twitter, Football players are seen looking confused amid the chaos of the lockdown announcement, which isn't set to kick in until 4pm Saturday. The Southport Sharks later posted via Twitter that the AFL has advised no further VFL Melbourne were en-route to the Gold Coast when the lockdown was announced ahead of Saturday' s AFL clash with the Suns at Metricon Stadium. That game, as well as Saturday' s clash between Essendon and Sydney and Sunday' s match between GWS and Port Adelaide, are all expected to be

NSW Police have confirmed a 35-year-old man from Granville, in Sydney's west, was caught more than 20km away at the city's central station by police targeting protesters, despite being subject to stay-at-home orders.

The man, who was fined $1,000 dollars, was directed home and tested positive to COVID the next day.

A NSW Police strike force was set up following last week's protests with up to 20,000 tip-offs to Crime Stoppers about attendees, with photos and names sent to police.

On Friday Mr Fuller said police will be waiting for anyone planning to protest this weekend, and they had been given plenty of warnings.

SYDNEY'S COVID-19 OUTBREAK

* New locally acquired cases: 170 (down 69 on prior 24-hour period)

* Infectious while in the community (partly or fully): At least 52 (-36, although 53 cases still under investigation)

* In hotel quarantine: Two (+1)

* Total for outbreak (since June 16): 2980

* Total in NSW for entire COVID-19 pandemic: 8514

* In hospital: 187 (+5)

* In intensive care: 58 (+4)

* Ventilated: 24 (+2)

* Deaths in current outbreak: 13 (+0)

* Deaths in NSW for entire pandemic: 69

Not all anti-lockdown protesters are conspiracy-theorists and extremists

  Not all anti-lockdown protesters are conspiracy-theorists and extremists Many of the demonstrators on Saturday were ordinary Australians who just wanted to have their say — and be heard.Hundreds were fined and dozens were arrested during the demonstrations, which turned violent at times.

* Tests conducted (over 24-hour reporting period): 95,446

* Vaccinations (in NSW on Thursday): 83,637

* NSW's vaccination status (all ages): 32.3 per cent have had one dose, 14.6 per cent are fully vaccinated

* Borders: Greater Sydney residents are not permitted to visit regional NSW unless for essential activity, and cannot freely enter any other Australian state or territory. Travel restrictions for residents of regional NSW vary depending on state.

* Welfare support: Mutual obligation requirements for people in locked-down areas of NSW will remain suspended until August 31.

Restrictions and hotspots: www.health.nsw.gov.au

Workplace support: https://business.gov.au Financial support: Services Australia and Service NSW

Mental health support: Lifeline 13 11 14, beyondblue 1300 22 4636, Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (for people aged 5 to 25)

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