Sydneysiders have lashed out at Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews after calling for a ‘ring of steel’ to surround the city – for refusing to share more vaccines with New South Wales despite the rising coronavirus outbreak.
Mr Andrews called for even stricter lockdown restrictions in the port city on Friday as he rejected his NSW counterpart Gladys Berejiklian’s request to send some of his state’s vaccine allocation to his northern neighbor.
“On behalf of all Victorians, I say there is a national responsibility to put a steel ring around Sydney,” he said. ‘Just like we did’ [in Melbourne] last year.’
Victoria registered 14 new local Covid-19 cases on Friday, but NSW registered a further 136 infections as the highly contagious Delta strain spreads rapidly through western Sydney.
However, the incarcerated Sydney residents pointed out that even the draconian restrictions imposed by Mr Andrews last year to delay the second wave of Melbourne cases would have struggled to contain the new tribe.
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejikilian vowed not to restrict Sydney’s outdoor activities or impose a curfew as her Victorian counterpart called for a ‘ring of steel’ around Australia’s most populous city
Prime Minister Andrews acknowledged that his counterpart in NSW labeled the outbreak a ‘national emergency’ and said there is a ‘national responsibility that Sydneysiders are locked up in Sydney’
“The fact is, if it was Delta in Melbourne 2020, whatever was thrown, they’ll never come back to zero,” said one Twitter user.
“F*** your ‘ring of steel’ Dan Andrews,” wrote another.
“We don’t want more cops. We don’t want troops. We cannot get out of the pandemic.”
Another Twitter user said the Victorian government was responsible for the latest outbreak after they let three movers from Covid-stricken Sydney – two of whom were infected with the virus – into the state.
‘Blaming NSW for not having a steel ring but’ [Mr Andrews] has not acknowledged that the steel ring didn’t matter because his government let in a mover and his family,” the social media user said.
“Take responsibility Dan.”
One said a so-called ‘ring of steel’ could be beneficial in slowing the outbreak.
‘Has the whole of Sydney been shut down in phase 4 with police and ADF checking every vehicle at the borders of all LGAs that make up Sydney metro?’ wrote one Twitter user.
“That’s what a steel ring is, and last year it protected regional Victoria.”
Social media reacted angrily to Victorian Prime Minister Dan Andrew’s calls for a so-called ‘ring of steel’ around Sydney to stem the city’s Covid spread
Mr Andrews said at his coronavirus press conference in Melbourne ‘we will end up with the whole country on lockdown if we don’t do something about this’.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison sidestepped the ring of steel request and deferred NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejikilian.
“All that matters is the position of the Prime Minister of NSW,” Morrison said with a straight face.
Ms Berejikilian said on Friday she had no plans to introduce a curfew in Sydney, as Andrews did in Melbourne last August when he banned residents from leaving their homes between 8pm and 5am.
“Please know that we are not the type of government, and I am not the type of prime minister, who is going to ask citizens to do things that we think will have no effect,” Berejikilian said.
“If I get questions about a curfew or exercise or whatever, it won’t reduce the number of cases.”
During the height of Victoria’s second wave of Covid spread, the state saw up to 725 new cases per day and a total of 7,181 active cases.
The photo shows staff preparing to administer Covid-19 vaccines at the Melbourne Showgrounds on July 20. Mr Andrews rejected his NSW counterpart Gladys Berejiklian’s request to send some of his state’s vaccine allocation to his northern neighbor
Prime Minister Scott Morrison ignored Victorian Prime Minister Dan Andrews’ call for a ‘ring of steel’ around Sydney, saying the only opinion that matters belonged to NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejikilian
The current NSW outbreak, involving the more virulent Delta variant, has so far reached 1,782 locally acquired cases since June 16, 2021, when the first case in the Bondi cluster was reported.
NSW cases peaked at 136 for the 24 hours to 8 p.m. on Thursday, with 53 of those infectious while in the community.
Many Sydneysiders also pointed out that the city’s latest restrictions — which have shut down the construction industry and confined most residents of three local governments to their suburbs — are a ‘ring of steel’ anyway.
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejikilian does not believe a curfew or ban on outdoor activities will work to reduce the spread of Indian Delta variant in Sydney
Victoria has recorded 14 new Covid-19 cases overnight, all linked to current outbreaks and four contagious in the community
Ten of Victoria’s 14 new cases have been quarantined for the entire time they were contagious, while one of the other four cases is waiting to be questioned.
Victoria’s latest cluster has risen to 147 cases and is linked to the Sydney movers who brought the highly contagious Indian delta tribe to the Victorian capital and a family returning to the city from a red zone in New South Wales.
Prime Minister Andrews acknowledged that his counterpart in NSW labeled the outbreak a ‘national emergency’ and said there is a ‘national responsibility that Sydneysiders are locked up in Sydney’.
900 people were sent into two-week quarantine on Thursday after Prahan Market became a high-risk exposure site on Saturday morning
Prime Minister Andrews also hinted that the state is on track to come out of lockdown at midnight on Tuesday July 27 middernacht
Mr Andrews also rejected any idea of providing additional vaccines from his state to NSW.
“I have not received a request for a redistribution of the vaccines that have been allocated,” he said.
“We barely allocated enough vaccine to one of us, so the idea that we would send it from here — we all have a need, all of us,” he told reporters.
“They are fairly distributed. If there’s extra offer, I’m not against New South Wales getting more.’
Mr Morrison also ruled out an additional vaccine supply to Sydney.
Of the 147 cases, 71 percent had already been isolated, while contagious in positive signs for residents hoping the lockdown would end
Nearly 20,000 residents have been quarantined for two weeks after they were found to be in close contact with positive cases from two football matches
The Victorian Prime Minister, meanwhile, hinted that his state is on track to come out of lockdown on Tuesday, July 27 at midnight.
“The trend is with us, the results are very encouraging. Whether it continues like this will only be known with the passage of time’, he said.
“If everyone plays their part and takes the lockdown seriously, if we do the right thing, we’ll be open, we’ll get close to normal and beat this Delta outbreak, something no jurisdiction has ever done, let alone.” twice.’
Of the 147 cases, 71 percent had already been isolated, while it was contagious in positive signs for residents hoping the lockdown would end.