Gladys Berejiklian warns masks and social distancing will remain at 80 percent even after vaccination

Gladys Berejiklian warns Australians will have to continue wearing masks and social distancing even after the country reaches 80 percent vaccination ‘until the Delta variant disappears’ – which could take YEARS

  • NSW Prime Minister said some restrictions would remain even after 80 percent pricked
  • Restrictions include wearing masks, social distancing and QR codes
  • Berejiklian said restrictions would remain until Delta species ‘goes’

Gladys Berejiklian warns Australians will have to continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing even after 80 percent of the country has been fully vaccinated.

The NSW Prime Minister said that until the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus is gone, some restrictions will be enforced.

These include wearing masks in various circumstances, social distancing and mandatory QR codes for businesses – the end of which is not yet in sight.

Due to the infectivity of the Delta variant and the slow rollout of vaccinations in Australia, it could probably take several months to reach 80 percent.

“One thing is very clear, until we reach at least 80 percent of our vaccination coverage, we will have some degree of limitation,” she said on Thursday.

“It doesn’t necessarily mean staying at home, but it does mean a certain degree of limitation.”

Australians will have to continue to wear masks and social distancing even after 80 percent of the population has been vaccinated, the New South Wales Prime Minister has said.

“Social distancing, hand hygiene, wearing masks in certain circumstances will be a part of life for us until the tension of Covid disappears.”

The extinction of the Delta variant could take years, although it wasn’t clear whether Ms Berejiklian meant that, or if she just got to zero cases in NSW or Australia.

She said that while there would still be some restrictions, residents would be able to live much more “freely,” including the potential to travel internationally.

Ms Berejiklian said that in order to get there more people needed to be vaccinated and urged those considering getting the shot to do so immediately.

“It’s only when we get to 70 or 80 percent that we can live as freely as we want with Covid,” she said.

“Even then, social distancing, wearing masks, QR codes will be a part of life.”

The call for residents to roll up their sleeves came after a worrying day of record new local cases in NSW.

NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said that until the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus is gone, some minor restrictions will be enforced

NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said that until the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus is gone, some minor restrictions will be enforced

The rollout of vaccinations has been criticized for its slow pace (pictured health workers at the testing clinic in Merrylands in Sydney's west)

The rollout of vaccinations has been criticized for its slow pace (pictured health workers at the testing clinic in Merrylands in Sydney’s west)

The state recorded 262 new infections and five more deaths overnight.

Ms Berejiklian said four out of five NSW residents who have died from the virus in the past 24 hours have not been vaccinated. The fifth received only one dose of the AstraZeneca shot.

Three of those who died were in their sixties, one was in their seventies and the other in their eighties. The death toll from the latest outbreak of the highly contagious Delta strain in the city now stands at 21.

NSW Health said at least 45 of the new cases were contagious in the community, meanwhile infections have also been identified in Newcastle and the Hunter region.

The prime minister said Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Dungog, Singleton and Muswellbrook are now in lockdown for a week.

Residents of those municipalities face the same strict stay-at-home orders as five million Sydney residents, who are locked up until at least August 28.

A Sydney resident wears a mask on Coogee Beach in the east of the city.  On Thursday, 262 new cases were registered in the state

A Sydney resident wears a mask on Coogee Beach in the east of the city. On Thursday, 262 new cases were registered in the state

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