Lisa Wilkinson sums up how every Sydneysider is feeling after the worst EVER day of Covid cases – as project host warns ‘the game has changed’ and predicts lockdown will last MUCH longer than spring
- The project’s host, Lisa Wilkinson, said NSW case numbers were like a ‘gut punch’
- 239 new Covid cases on Thursday, 70 of which are contagious in the community
- Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has extended the lockdown by four weeks until August 28
Speaking to many frustrated Sydney residents on The Project on Thursday night, Lisa Wilkinson said the city’s day with new coronavirus cases felt like a ‘gut bump’.
The incarcerated TV presenter said the rising number of positive Covid cases, including at least 70 more contagious in the community, had taken the wind out of frustrated Sydneysiders.
“Like most people in NSW right now, that number that started with a two today felt like a real gut punch,” Ms Wilkinson said.
She explained that the worrying figure marked a new low in the fight against the virus, with the city’s highest daily rate ever – even as the pandemic began in March 2020.
“I think we thought it was going to be close to 200, but the fact that it was that way over 200 really felt like the game has changed – we’re in a whole different realm.
“I don’t think anyone even thinks we’ll be out of here by the end of August.”
Despite a record 110,962 tests to be conducted within 24 hours until 8pm on Wednesday, NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian believes the number of cases in her state will worsen (pictured, an abandoned CBD of Sydney)
Fine for not wearing a facemask is increased from $200 to $500, with thousands of police officers deployed in Greater Sydney to enforce tightened restrictions
She went on to point out that Covid jab hesitation has eased in recent weeks, which will “hopefully give many people in NSW who are getting the vaccine a fighting chance.”
A record 110,962 tests were carried out within 24 hours until 8pm on Wednesday, but NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian believes the situation will worsen.
“So many people are contagious in the community day after day,” she said. “It just maintains the ripple effect.”
NSW health officials said 104 of the new cases on Thursday – nearly half – were found in southwestern Sydney, while 58 were discovered in the west of the city.
However, a further 51 – up from 20 on Wednesday – were found in Sydney’s central health district, a disturbing sign that the outbreak has broken containment lines in the western suburbs and is moving back east.
There are now 182 patients suffering from the virus in hospitals across the state — 54 in intensive care units and 22 on a ventilator.
Just a day after the extension of the city’s household restriction for another four weeks until August 28, Ms Berejiklian also announced that two million Sydney residents living in the eight hotspot LGAs in the western and southwestern suburbs would be wearing a mask. must wear when they leave home.
Those areas are Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Blacktown, Cumberland, Parramatta, Campbelltown and Georges River.
‘If you set foot outside your household, you should always wear a mask. It doesn’t matter where it is,” the NSW Prime Minister said.
“We’re seeing too much evidence of people not wearing masks when they need to.”
The project’s host Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) spoke to many Sydney residents when she called the 239 Covid case numbers in NSW a “gut punch” on Thursday.
Sanctions for not wearing a facemask will be increased from $200 to $500, with thousands of police officers deployed in Greater Sydney to enforce the tightened restrictions.
From midnight Saturday morning, residents of the eight LGA hotspots will also be allowed to travel no more than 5 km from their home for essential shopping or to exercise.
“These measures are the toughest Australia has ever experienced during a lockdown,” added Ms Berejiklian.
“The Delta species is unlike anything we’ve seen.
“I appreciate, while we are all under stress and pressure from the lockdown, if you live in those eight local government areas, we ask so much of you.”
ALL CHANGES TO GREATER SYDNEY’S LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS
Wednesday 28 July from 11.59 pm:
Residents of Greater Sydney, including the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour, should limit essential shopping trips to within 6 miles of their home.
Non-essential workers living in the LGAs of Parramatta, Campbelltown and Georges River cannot leave their area to work.
The same rules already applied to residents of Fairfield, Cumberland, Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool and Blacktown.
Essential workers leaving Canterbury-Bankstown must be tested every three days.
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has extended Sydney’s stay-at-home lockdown for another four weeks
In Fairfield and Cumberland, only aged care and health professionals are required to be tested every three days.
From Saturday 31 July 12.01 pm:
Construction sites are allowed to reopen outside the eight LGAs under stricter restrictions.
A singles bubble opens – allowing couples to visit each other’s homes.
Traders can resume their work as long as they do not come into contact with residents. That work is also banned in the eight LGAs of concern.
From August 16:
Year 12 will return to face-to-face learning and a Pfizer vaccination program will begin in the eight LGAs where Covid-19 transmission is highest.
Rapid antigen testing will also be used for students returning to school in Greater Sydney.