Sydney lockdown should be HARDER with same rules in every suburb because ‘Covid doesn’t respect geography’, says top doctor
- Head of the Australian Medical Association has called for stricter lockdown
- dr. Omar Khorshid said clear rules should be applied throughout Greater Sydney
- He said: ‘Covid-19 does not respect geographic or local government boundaries’
- dr. Khorshid also urged those considering attending protests to stay at home
The chief physician of Australia’s medical governing body has called for a more consistent lockdown across Greater Sydney.
dr. Omar Khorshid, head of the Australian Medical Association, said Covid-19 does not recognize the boundaries of suburbs and clearer rules applied in all areas will slow the virus.
At present, eight LGAs are subject to stricter restrictions than the rest of the city, with all of Greater Sydney closed until at least the end of August due to an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta strain.
Currently, eight LGAs have stricter restrictions than the rest of Greater Sydney, as four more weeks of lockdown was announced on July 28, but Dr. Khorshid said clearer lockdown rules should be introduced in Greater Sydney
dr. Omar Khorshid (pictured), head of the Australian Medical Association has called for a tougher and clearer lockdown of all of Greater Sydney, saying Covid-19 does not respect geographic or local government boundaries
“COVID-19 does not respect geographic or local government boundaries on a map, and clear and simple rules applied everywhere will make a difference – including mandatory mask wearing inside and outside when outdoors,” said Dr. Korshid 9news.
“We don’t know if it will be possible to eliminate the Delta tribe from Sydney, but the benefits of doing so will be enormous and well worth the inconvenience, disruption and real hardship that all of Sydney is currently facing.”
While Dr. Khorshid urged anyone considering going to protests to stay home as they may only extend the lockdown they oppose.
“If you want to be part of the solution, get the vaccine and stay home,” he said.
Up to a thousand police officers will be on duty to meet anyone considering attending an anti-lockdown protest in Sydney this weekend, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has warned.
Mr Fuller told a news conference Friday that police had already detained 60 people from last week’s protests and issued more than 200 infringement notices.
The commissioner said police should “expect a protest” after monitoring online activity.
At present, eight LGAs are subject to stricter restrictions than the rest of the city, with the entire city shutting down until the end of August at the earliest
HOW SYDNEY’S STRONGER LOCKDOWN RULES WILL INFLUENCE YOU?
In the eight hotspot LGAs from 12 noon on Saturday, July 31 (Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool and Parramatta):
Residents must wear a mask when they leave the house, including when they are outside.
The travel limit for essential exercise and shopping has been reduced from 10 km to 5 km.
Anyone who is in a ‘singles bubble’ with another person must follow the same travel restriction.
The fine for violating mask restrictions will be increased from $200 to $500
Police will be given the power to close down public buildings, workplaces and businesses caught violating public health regulations.
NSW Chief Medical Officer Kerry Chant said authorities were still investigating whether a COVID-positive person had attended last Saturday’s protest, which saw thousands march through Sydney’s CBD demonstrating against the state’s lockdown laws.
NSW police have confirmed that a 35-year-old man from Granville, in Sydney’s west, was arrested more than 20 km away at the city’s main train station by police targeting protesters, despite being subdued. to stay at home.
The man, who was fined $1,000, was escorted home and tested positive for COVID the next day.
A NSW police strike force was formed after last week’s protests with up to 20,000 tips to Crime Stoppers about attendees, with photos and names sent to police.
On Friday, Mr Fuller said police will be waiting for anyone planning to protest this weekend, and they had been given many warnings.
SYDNEY’S COVID-19 OUTBREAK
* New locally acquired cases: 170 (69 decreased from a previous 24 hour period)
* Infectious while in community (partially or completely): At least 52 (-36, although 53 cases are still under investigation)
* In hotel quarantine: Two (+1)
*Total before outbreak (since June 16): 2980
* Total in NSW for the entire COVID-19 pandemic: 8514
* In hospital: 187 (+5)
* In intensive care: 58 (+4)
* Ventilated: 24 (+2)
* Deaths at current outbreak: 13 (+0)
* Deaths in NSW for the whole pandemic: 69
* Tests performed (over a 24-hour reporting period): 95,446
* Vaccinations (in NSW on Thursdays): 83,637
* NSW vaccination status (all ages): 32.3 percent have had one dose, 14.6 percent are fully vaccinated
* Boundaries: Residents of Greater Sydney are not allowed to visit regional NSW except for essential activities, and cannot freely enter any other Australian state or territory. Travel restrictions for residents of regional NSW vary by state.
* Welfare Support: Mutual obligation requirements for people in closed areas of NSW will remain suspended until August 31.
Restrictions and Hotspots: www.health.nsw.gov.au
Workplace Support: https://business.gov.au Financial Support: Services Australia and Service NSW
Mental health support: Lifeline 13 11 14, beyondblue 1300 22 4636, Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (for people aged 5 to 25)