Thousands in western Sydney could be released from an ultra-tough lockdown as the NSW government reviews the boundaries of the hotspots as cases plummet and vaccination surge – but other suburbs could take their place
Thousands of residents in Sydney’s western suburbs with low rates of Covid transmission and high vaccination rates could be released from stricter lockdowns – but more virus-affected suburbs could take their place.
Liberal state MPs have urged the NSW government to exclude suburbs from the 12 LGs of concern if they can maintain high vaccination rates and low cases.
A government review will look at alternatives to shutting down entire government areas and consider a suburb-by-city approach, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Thousands of residents in Sydney’s western suburbs with low rates of Covid transmission and high vaccination rates could be released from their stricter lockdown. Pictured are residents in Sydney’s inner west Burwood
The rating comes as first-dose coverage rates reached 81 percent in Blacktown in the west of the city on Monday and 90 percent in Burwood in the Inner West.
The percentage of Burwood residents who have had at least one Covid-19 shot is 66 percent higher than two months ago.
Riverstone Liberal member Kevin Conolly said it was unfair that his constituents in Sydney’s northwest were still included in the Blacktown LGA hotspot when the transmission rate there was slower than in southern parts of the government area.
Pictured is a queue outside a Covid-19 pop-up vaccination clinic in Sydney’s inner west Ashfield on September 10
“I think it’s time for the suburbs of northern Blacktown to be released as cases are falling,” he said.
However, new models from the Burnet Institute have shown that tighter restrictions in the west and southwest of the city contributed most to slowing the spread of the virus — rather than increasing vaccination rates.
The study found that cases in other parts of Sydney were now higher than in hotspots with curfews and stricter travel restrictions.
Suburbs such as Redfern and Waterloo have not been named as Covid-19 hotspots, despite transmission rates in those areas continuing to rise.
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