Lisa Wilkinson has criticized Gladys Berejiklian’s handling of the latest Covid outbreak in Sydney, saying the hopeful ‘green shoots’ that once grew are now beginning to ‘wither’.
The project’s host made a scathing series of comments about the New South Wales leader’s management of the crisis, who has since seen 1,648 cases in just five weeks, saying she “might regret” criticizing her. Victorian counterpart.
A further 124 Covid-19 cases were registered in NSW on Thursday, with a worrying 48 still contagious in the community and 57 have yet to be linked to known clusters.
Ms Berejiklian had previously said ‘green shoots’ had begun to appear in the state’s fight against the virus thanks to the lockdown, but cases have since skyrocketed and Greater Sydney’s restrictions have no end in sight.
“Gladys has been telling us for days that there are all green shoots, but we have seen them wilt on the vine today with her words predicting that it will only get worse in the coming days,” Ms Wilkinson said Thursday evening.
“If you look at her body language, we imagine how worse it will be.”
Sydney hospitals now have 118 people being treated for the virus, 28 of whom are in intensive care and 14 who are breathing on a ventilator.
The outspoken presenter also compared the handling of recent outbreaks in both NSW and Victoria, adding that Ms Berejiklian may regret having “contempt” for her neighboring state’s prime minister, Daniel Andrews.
Some have criticized Bereyik’s government for waiting too long to lock down the city with 82 registered infections before the restrictions were imposed.
‘The green shoots are there. The green shoots of lockdown are doing what we hoped it would,” the prime minister said for the first time on July 3, a week after telling Sydneysiders to stay home.
Victoria, on the other hand, was ordered to stay home almost immediately after registering 18 infections linked to the Sydney outbreak.
Last year, the southern state was hit by a grueling 112-day lockdown.
Ms Wilkinson told her Melbourne co-hosts that many NSW residents were jealous of their handling of the outbreak with just 26 new infections recorded on Thursday.
Lisa Wilkinson compared the treatment of recent outbreaks in both NSW and Victoria on The Project on Thursday evening, adding that Ms Berejiklian may regret her ‘contempt’ of her neighboring state’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews
A further 124 Covid-19 cases were registered in NSW on Thursday, 48 of which are still contagious in the community and 57 have yet to be linked to known clusters. (pictured Bronte Beach is seen packed with crowds on Thursdays)
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“I wonder if she (Mrs Berejiklian) regrets being contemptuous of Dan Andrews and how he’s handled things?” she said.
“In New South Wales we look at Victoria and how quickly you went into lockdown and how tight the numbers remain and we think we should have done that,” she said.
Co-host Carrie Bickmore said she was surprised to learn that so many Victorians were doing the right thing.
“I watched the Covid commander say that the 436 houses were being checked by the police to make sure people are isolating themselves, that everyone at home was doing the right thing and I thought what a change, a year later,” she said. .
Police patrol the streets of Sydney’s eastern suburbs on Thursday
The New South Wales Prime Minister had previously said ‘green shoots’ had begun to appear in the state’s fight against the virus, but cases continue to grow and Greater Sydney is in the middle of its fourth week of lockdown with no end in sight
‘That’s nice, pretty special. That everyone just goes, “I’ll do what I have to do.”
The spike in cases recorded in NSW on Thursday is the highest during Sydney’s latest outbreak; the last time so many infections were found in NSW in one day was during the first wave in April 2020.
Of the new locally acquired cases, 54 were found in southwestern Sydney and a further 40 in the west of the city, a worrying sign that authorities have been unable to contain the outbreak.
Ms Berejiklian said on Thursday that Covid-19 was still spreading rapidly in the west and south-west of the city in households and workplaces, and warned that Sydney’s lockdown would likely continue in some form beyond its scheduled 30 July expiration.
“This disease is so contagious and if you have literally — in one industry — thousands of people moving around, that means potentially thousands of cases of transmission every day,” she said.
“I suspect the number of cases will get worse before they get better.
“The strongest message we can give to anyone right now is: Please stay home. It’s cruel how contagious this virus is. Every human contact means you can pick it up or spread it.’
The spike in cases recorded in NSW on Thursday is the highest during Sydney’s latest outbreak (residents pictured can be seen in an abandoned Martin Place)
Jeremy McAnulty, NSW’s executive director of health protection, called for higher levels of testing in Sydney’s southwest and west in Toongabbie, Mount Druitt, Rooty Hill, Fairfield, Liverpool and Bankstown, as well as high-risk areas in the south of the city.
Those areas are Narwee and the Georges River and Bayside LGAs.
The number of patients in NSW hospitals suffering from Covid-19 has reached 118, with 28 in intensive care (five as of Wednesday) and 14 (three more than Wednesday) on ventilators.
Fairfield continues to record the highest number of cases of any local government area – with health officials finding 30 Covid-19 infections in the region in the last day alone.