Brad Hazzard warns rule breakers could extend NSW covid lockdown
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard states “entitled” individuals breaking the guidelines and tossing celebrations might “keep us in lockdown”.
Speaking at Monday’s Covid -19 upgrade, NSW leaders consistently declined to assure countless locals of Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Wollongong the two-week lockdown would end on Friday as arranged.
NSW taped 35 brand-new cases overnight, bringing the overall in the break out to 312.
At least 3 of the brand-new cases were connected to a rule-breaking celebration, authorities stated.
“When you hear of parties going on in the middle of a lockdown you have got to say, what is the thinking of some of these people?” Mr Hazzard stated.
“I would say that those people who are thinking that the rules are somehow not for them, that they are more entitled than the rest of us not to listen, you actually have to listen because you may be the people who spread this and keep us in lockdown for a lot longer than the rest of the community would like.”
Premier Gladys Berejiklian stated the next couple of days would be “absolutely critical” in identifying whether she would launch NSW from lockdown on time.
“I know everybody is keen to know what is going to happen beyond Friday’s lockdown, as am I,” she stated.
“But what I can tell you with certainty is that the next couple of days will be absolutely critical in allowing our health experts to collate the data that we’ve had in the last week and then to present their advice to government.”
Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys hinted that NSW Police were bracing for lockdown to be extended.
“I just ask people to stick with us,” he stated.
“Police want to see people comply. It makes our job far easier and we (still have) a little way to go. So please don’t become complacent. The police won’t become complacent. We are rostered right throughout the rest of this week and preparing for what might be ahead so, please, we just ask people to continue to be with us on this journey.”
Ms Berejiklian declared the stay-at-home orders had “been effective in not doubling and tripling the figures that we were worried about”.
“It has given our contact tracers the ability to maintain control over the virus but what it has foreshadowed is that unfortunately when a small number of people do the wrong thing it does result in extra cases,” she stated.
Chief health officer Kerry Chant declined to state whether lockdown would end on Friday.
“I’m making no comment until I’ve looked at all the data,” Dr Chant stated.
“Every day brings a new set of data and a new set of challenges and what we think in the morning can change in the afternoon. I’m really pleased to see that we’ve had some people come forward for testing over the weekend, which has allowed us to link unlinked cases, and the more certainty we have that we have tracked down every single case of transmission, that really does provide us with a lot more confidence in advising government.”
But Dr Chant stated health authorities required to “make those links, reassess and reanalyse the data”.
“That will be our focus today but as I said, the situation can change,” she stated.
“What is most important at the moment is for the community to continue to follow the public health advice, continue to wear masks in indoor environments and continue to come out (for) testing in the large numbers they have.”
Dr Chant was grilled on why moms and dads were not being offered a company response on whether trainees were returning to school for the start of term 3 on Monday.
“That is for another time,” she stated.
“I will provide my advice through the government processes but we have worked hand-in-glove with Education right throughout this, we have engaged also with the independent and Catholic sectors and we will be keeping them updated. Clearly those decisions are yet to be made.”
She stated “as a general sense”, moms and dads may anticipate a few of the steps “that we have had in place earlier”.
“We try to minimise parents coming to drop off at the schools,” she stated.
“We try and minimise mixing across school grades so that if you have one case you don’t infect a broader group. All of those strategies, that I think parents will have remembered from various points in the response, are some of the strategies that have stood us in good stead and I think they’re the sorts of things that would be informing policy thinking.”