How rampant Covid transmission in Sydney could FINALLY decline thanks to massive uptake in vaccines
- NSW records 1,127 Covid infections on Tuesday, the lowest number in two weeks
- dr. Jeremy McAnulty said immunization dampens daily Covid transmissions
- Nearly 79 percent of NSW residents have received at least one dose of vaccine
Vaccination against COVID-19 is beginning to dampen transmission of the virus in NSW, health authorities say.
The state reported another 1,127 infections on Tuesday — the lowest number in nearly two weeks.
With nearly 79 percent of eligible residents at least partially vaccinated, NSW Health’s Jeremy McAnulty said immunization puts downward pressure on daily infections.
NSW sees a decline in cases with higher vaccination uptake in hopes of flattening the curve (pictured, a shopper in Sydney’s Bondi on Tuesday)
However, he urged caution, saying daily infections had leveled off in the past before increasing again.
“We want to see a few more days before we can be confident if there is a trend,” he said on Tuesday.
A high number of daily infections is expected this week, with hospital admissions peaking in October and in intensive care soon after.
“It’s gratifying that the number of cases hasn’t increased as quickly as before, but that could be an effect of the weekend … we’ll see what happens the rest of the week,” said Dr McAnulty.
A man in his fifties and a woman in his eighties – both from western Sydney – died, bringing the toll for the current NSW outbreak to 186 and 242 for the entire pandemic.
Nearly 79 percent of NSW residents have now received at least one dose of the vaccine (pictured, resident getting their Pfizer shot)
There are 1,253 COVID-19 patients in NSW hospitals, 231 of whom are in intensive care and 104 on ventilators.
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian met with the mayors of Sydney’s 12 most restricted local government areas on Tuesday, after previous requests were rejected.
Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown said the meeting was a “welcome change”, allowing her to represent her constituents directly to the Prime Minister.
A push for small-numbered suburbs has been removed from the hot spot list, which are subject to heightened restrictions in NSW (pictured, residents enjoy relaxed restrictions in Sydney)
She asked Ms Berejiklian to lift the curfew on the hotspot areas, which she said created additional stress for the suffering residents.
Ms McKeown wants lowercase suburbs removed from the hot spot list, which are subject to tightened restrictions.
Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said she told the Prime Minister that the divide between the southwest and west and the rest of Sydney could be “irreparable” even after restrictions are lifted.
The state registered 1,127 infections on Tuesday – the lowest number in almost two weeks
“Many members of the community have told me that they no longer feel like we are all in this together,” she said.
Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro will meet with the mayors of the region on Friday.
Meanwhile, the state government has announced an additional $287.5 million in COVID-19 financial assistance to help workers and vulnerable communities in metropolitan, regional and rural NSW.
NSW Health’s Jeremy McAnulty said immunization puts downward pressure on daily infections
The funding will expand COVID-19 emergency payments, test and isolation support payments, and community grants.
Opposition leader Chris Minns told reporters Ms Berejiklian had to resubmit herself to media and parliamentary scrutiny after she ended her daily participation in COVID-19 press conferences.
The government thwarted an opposition and crossbench attempt on Tuesday to let the upper house sit.
The session was canceled due to the absence of a minister.
Mr Minns said voters needed “a clear idea of the direction of government” and that state leaders should be held accountable.
Parliament will return on October 12.
Elsewhere, the Yass Valley Council area in the Southern Tablelands has been locked down again following a positive COVID-19 case. Virus fragments were also discovered in nearby Young.
COUNTDOWN TO FREEDOM: THE DATES YOU NEED TO KNOW
September 11: Some regional areas have been released
Several regional areas, including the Central and North Coast, New England, Riverina and Murrumbidgee, are set to come out of lockdown at 11:59 p.m. Friday after staying home for nearly a month.
the 13th of September: Vax picnics
Fully vaccinated Sydneysiders will soon be able to enjoy a picnic in the sun.
The ‘vax picnic’ rule means that anyone living outside the 12 LGAs involved can gather in a group of five for a picnic, but all must be double-dipped.
Pubs and restaurants in regional areas of NSW will test the state government’s vaccine passport technology, which will allow double-dose residents to prove their vaccination status when scanning for a location using QR code.
October 18th: ‘Friday Day’
The date is likely to coincide with NSW reaching a 70 per cent vaccination coverage, meaning pubs, restaurants, cafes, gyms and hair salons can reopen under the one person per 4 square meter rule for only fully vaccinated.
Non-essential shops are also allowed to reopen.
Weddings and funerals would also continue, but there will be restrictions for guests.
However, venues such as nightclubs will not be included until higher vaccination rates are achieved.
End of October/beginning of November: Regional Holidays Begin
Once the vaccination target hits 80 percent, which could potentially be as early as the end of October, incarcerated Sydneysiders, including those in the city’s 12 LGAs, will soon be able to pack their bags for a domestic holiday.
But travelers must get a double dose and apply for a special travel permit through the Service NSW app.