Gladys Berejiklian Warns NSW Could Face More Tough Lockdown Restrictions If We're Not Careful
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has given NSW residents a glimpse into what a second lockdown in the state could look like, should people continue not to wear masks and businesses keep bending the rules of current COVID-19 restrictions.
“We have watched closely what has happened in New Zealand and Victoria,” Gladys began in a presser yesterday (Wednesday) via ABC News. “We are very much in control of the spread of the virus. We don’t want to go down that path. We have tested various scenarios.”
We need EVERYONE in NSW to step up and work extra hard in reducing the spread of the virus. NSW is in a state of high alert and we especially need people in South-Western and Western Sydney to come forward and get tested. pic.twitter.com/XnpSaHAtpN
— Gladys Berejiklian (@GladysB) August 12, 2020
“Without passing any judgement or commentary, and I think about the Premier of Victoria every day, the pressure they are under, but it seems apparent that any future scenario would involve cities rather than postcodes or local government areas,” she explained.
In other words, she’s saying that should NSW face another lockdown, it would likely be across entire cities – not individual postcodes, like in the case of Victoria. (Sydneysiders, you've been warned.) Currently, metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire are under stage 4 restrictions while regional Victoria is under stage 3 restrictions.
Also in the presser, Gladys said she was giving NSW residents returning from Victoria a “grace period” of one month before they'd have to start paying for their own $3000 mandatory hotel quarantine. Those who had already forked out the funds would be refunded.
Today (Thursday), NSW had 18 new cases in the past 24 hours. The state has recorded 53 deaths. Known clusters currently include the Thai Rock restaurant in Wetherill Park, funeral events in Bankstown, Batemans Bay Soldiers’ Club and Tangara School for Girls in Cherrybrook.
12 new cases of #COVID19 have been diagnosed in NSW between 8pm on 11 August and 8pm on 12 August.
— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) August 13, 2020
Gladys said she wants to see NSW residents wearing face masks in any place where social distancing isn’t guaranteed, including shopping centres, public transport and places of worship, reports SMH.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard also stressed the importance of wearing masks, saying: "The bottom line is: masks. We all need to be reminded that this virus has not gone away ... Treat yourself and treat everybody else as if you have got the virus."
If your head is a little scrambled, make sure you pop over to WHO.int to get all of your official COVID-19 updates.
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