Covid-19 Australia: Gladys Berejiklian hints at easing lockdown in Sydney and NSW FOR 70% vaccination
Gladys Berejiklian hints lockdown could be eased for parts of Sydney and NSW with falling cases FOR 70 per cent vaccination – as she vows to end lockdowns forever
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has hinted that lockdown restrictions could be eased ahead of the 70 percent vaccination milestone.
The top three targets for easing NSW lockdown laws so far have been 6 million jabs, then 70 percent, and eventually 80 percent of the adult population vaccinated.
NSW surpassed 6 million jabs this week, but the 70 percent target for October is unlikely to be met.
However, at Sunday morning’s Covid briefing, the prime minister suggested that some areas least affected by the current outbreak could see relief even sooner.
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) has hinted that lockdown restrictions could be eased ahead of the 70 percent vaccination milestone
‘If the number of local authorities decreases, there are opportunities for us to act in that regard as well,’ says Ms Berejiklian.
The glimmer of hope came despite the state suffering another record day with 1,218 new Covid cases and six deaths reported overnight.
However, the state also had its highest-ever week of jabs, with a whopping 834,000 people rolling up their sleeves.
Sixty-five percent of the population has had one dose and 35 percent has had two.
Ms Berejiklian is convinced that the growing widespread roll-out of the vaccination will have a huge impact in the fight against Covid.
But she admitted that the yardstick for making decisions to reopen and give locals back their freedom will now depend on hospitalization and ICU numbers rather than simple case numbers.