Australia 'Clear division' between federal and state government over Sydney's lockdown target
Central West businesses not only suffer from their own lockdown, but distant Greater Sydney's too
An MP and businesses in the Central West call for the state government to provide a tailored support package after Orange, Blayney, and Cabonne shire councils plunge into lockdown following Greater Sydney.As some businesses including takeaway and retail remain open, many have opted to shut their doors after the announcement of a 7-day snap lockdown in parts of the Central West region.
There is clear "division" between those in the federal government who believe the Sydney lockdown will reduce the numbers of COVID cases to zero or close to and some in the state government who believe Delta cannot be contained, says Andrew Clennell.
"There is also the issue of whether children should be vaccinated with a quarter of cases in Sydney last week involving those under 19," said Political Editor Andrew Clennell.
"We have approval for Pfizer vaccination for 12-15-year-olds now. I'm told the expectation is the next approval will be for immunocompromised kids and then the more general population of children.
NSW says a stricter lockdown won't end COVID-19 'national emergency' — but not everyone is convinced
NSW health authorities insist a harder lockdown is not the answer to stem the Delta outbreak now sweeping through Sydney's west and south west — but mass vaccination of the region's critical, young workforce is now vital.As NSW recorded 136 new locally acquired cases, chief health officer Kerry Chant yesterday said she was deeply concerned numbers were not declining "despite intensive lockdown measures".
"NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller's new hardline approach on the virus led to more than 1,000 police deployed and no anti-lockdown protest occurring in the CBD as had been feared yesterday.
"The commissioner used new powers he asked the premier for last week to stop ride-share vehicles and taxis taking protesters to the CBD.
"Police also served orders on two protest organisers, one of whom was placed in custody as well as serving more than 200 tickets for breaching public health orders in Sydney including on the beaches.
"The death of a thousand cuts restrictions approach by Gladys Berejiklian has raised eyebrows and become a matter of debate as to whether she has done enough to get COVID numbers down in NSW.
"Her construction ban has changed to one of blocking construction workers from eight local government areas from working.
"That means 60 per cent of the construction workforce cannot work anyway and that on one job, for example, 110 of 120 tilers are ineligible to work."
Biden Mandated Vax for Feds, Now Comes the Hard Part .
One week after President Joe Biden announced that all employees and in-person contractors of the federal government will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to return to the workplace, the government is still figuring out how to implement it. The attestation system that Biden envisions is unprecedented in its scale and scope, dwarfing efforts by everything from Walmart to the Met Gala to start requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order for Americans to work, eat, drink and play.