Gladys Berejiklian closes in tears when told ‘SHE FAILED’ NSW during lockdown as state records highest number of Covid cases EVER
An emotional Gladys Berejiklian admitted she should have shut down Sydney earlier as NSW registered a further 239 cases of Covid-19.
On Tuesday, the prime minister was asked in a press conference: ‘Do you admit that your strategy has failed, that you have failed?’
“I will never suggest that we do everything right,” she replied.
An emotional Gladys Berejiklian admitted she should have shut down Sydney earlier as NSW registered a further 239 cases of Covid-19
“I don’t think any government around the world can say they’re doing everything right because there’s no rulebook.
“I am the first to admit at every stage of the process in the last 18 months, in hindsight it would be great to know the alternative course. We’ll never know.’
The prime minister has been criticized for refusing to impose the lockdown until June 25, nine days after the Sydney outbreak began on June 16.
Other states have shown that shutting down “hard and early” reduces the total time residents are in lockdown.
Victoria has just lifted restrictions after a two-week lockdown and South Australia has released residents from a week-long lockdown.
The prime minister originally supported Ms Berejiklian when she refused to shut down – but he now says that shutting down hard and early on just a few cases is the best move to fight the highly contagious Delta tribe.
On July 9, Morrison announced a four-step plan to bring Australia back to normal, with each step to start when vaccination coverage reaches a certain percentage
‘It is clear that in these circumstances with the Delta variant, that approach is the best answer. I think that’s pretty clear.’
“Clearly lessons have been learned here, and that’s the approach I expect states to take in the future.”
On Thursday, 70 of the new locally acquired cases – found from a NSW pandemic – 110,962 tests overnight – were contagious in the community.
NSW Health also confirmed the deaths of two more residents of the state from Covid-19 – a woman in her 90s and a man in his 80s from south-west Sydney.
Neither of them had been vaccinated against the virus. NSW Chief Health Officer Dr. Kerry Chant said 25 percent of state residents over the age of 70 have yet to receive their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
There are now 182 patients suffering from the virus in hospitals across the state – 54 of whom are in intensive care and 22 on a ventilator.
Just a day after the city’s household restriction was extended for another four weeks, Ms Berejiklian also announced that two million Sydney residents living in one of eight hotspot LGAs in the western and southwestern suburbs would be required to wear a mask. wear when they leave home.
‘If you set foot outside your household, you should always wear a mask. It doesn’t matter where it is,’ she said.
“We’re seeing too much evidence of people not wearing masks when they need to.”
Penalties for not wearing a face mask in the state, meanwhile, are being increased from $200 to $500.
As of midnight Saturday morning, residents in those LGAs are also not allowed to travel more than 5km from their home for essential shopping or to exercise.
A woman in sportswear runs along the beach in Bronte in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on Wednesday. Greater Sydney has been under strict home isolation for nearly five weeks to stop the spread of the highly contagious Delta Covid-19 strain