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Gladys Berejiklian claims daily Covid briefing will be her last because she ‘needs a clear head’

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Gladys Berejiklian is furious with reporters who repeatedly asked why she plans to cut daily Covid press conferences, claiming she “needs a clear head”.

The Prime Minister of NSW announced last week that Sunday would be her last daily coronavirus report in an effort to normalize life with the virus.

When asked whether unplugging at conferences at 11 a.m. would give residents the wrong impression that the virus was under control, Ms Berejiklian said information would still be available to the public whether or not she announces it on TV.

“I won’t necessarily be the one providing the information on a daily basis, and that’s because, like I said, I need a clear head,” she said.

“The next two months will be the most challenging our state has ever seen and I have to make sure we make decisions not only for the next day, but also for the next week and next month.”

NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian held her final Covid press conference at 11 a.m. on Sunday

The state-wide lockdown will end completely when NSW reaches 70 percent double-dose vaccinations, with a target of Oct. 18.

So far, 78 percent of people over 16 have had at least one shot, and 45.6 percent of people in the state have been fully vaccinated.

When asked if NSW would be open in time for Christmas, the Prime Minister replied: ‘Absolutely.’

“I would like to think that by Christmas we will not only welcome more Australians, thousands a week from abroad to reunite for Christmas, but also that we don’t have these internal state borders,” she said.

“It’s only a matter of time before Delta becomes part of every state, every state’s experience.”

“I predict that New South Wales and Victoria will work more closely on these matters in the future. And if you look at the way things are going, there’s no doubt that Victoria New South Wales will be in a similar position when it comes to welcoming Australians home.”

Despite increasing vaccination coverage, Ms Berejiklian said there are still concerns in Sydney and regional NSW with increasing numbers of cases.

“The virus is currently accelerating in a few suburbs in southwestern Sydney… as well as some inland suburbs of Sydney and some western areas,” she said.

The nationwide lockdown will end completely when NSW reaches 70 percent double-dose vaccinations, with a target of October 18.  Pictured: Coogee Beach on Sunday morning

The nationwide lockdown will end completely when NSW reaches 70 percent double-dose vaccinations, with a target of October 18. Pictured: Coogee Beach on Sunday morning

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said areas such as Glebe, Camperdown, Waterloo and Redfern – all in Sydney’s inner west – are a concern.

“We now have three Pfizer vaccines available in several locations, including Ashfield Leagues, Green Square Library in Zetland, the Morris EMR Indoor Sports Center in Riverwood, Club Burwood and the National Center for Indigenous Education in Redfern,” she said.

dr. Chant also reminded people to be vigilant.

“We can’t be complacent anywhere. We are seeing cases increase in Central Coast and Illawarra,” she warned.

Regional areas where Covid particles have been detected in the sewer include Maria, Port Macquarie, Young, Brooklyn, Jeremiah, Eden, Yass, Tamworth, Dunn Bogan and Dungog.

dr. Chant urged anyone in those areas with even the mildest symptoms to come for testing.

Among the fatalities was a man in his 20s from western Sydney who had serious underlying health problems and had not been vaccinated.

Three women in their 40s, 50s and 80s from southwestern Sydney also died, along with three men in their 50s, 70s and 80s.

There were also 1,206 people hospitalized Sunday night, with 220 in intensive care and 92 on a ventilator.

Ms Berejiklian and Dr Chant have continuously warned residents that the number of cases is likely to peak in October, when forecasts suggest the state will reach the 70 percent milestone.

At 80 percent vaccination coverage, domestic travel is allowed for fully vaccinated.  Pictured: People at Bronte Beach on Sunday

At 80 percent vaccination coverage, domestic travel is allowed for fully vaccinated. Pictured: People at Bronte Beach on Sunday

When that goal is met, double-punched Sydneysiders will be allowed to visit pubs, clubs, gigs, restaurants and non-essential shops, head back to the gym and get a haircut.

When asked whether areas with low vaccination coverage would remain under restrictions, Dr Chant said she is focused on seeing a “continued decline.”

“Right now we have too many wildfires,” she said.

“I’ve pointed out some areas that I’m concerned about that we have more and more cases on the Central Coast, Wollongong.

“I am confident that those local health districts will work with a variety of people to do everything they can to quell those numbers of cases.”

She also believes the state will be capable of up to 90 percent single-dose vaccinations.

“I want to see 80 percent first dose next week, and I’m confident we’ll be there by Tuesday or Wednesday,” she said.

“And then my challenge to the New South Wales community is: next week it’s going to be 90 percent.

Responding to a question about the disturbing scenes on Sydney’s beaches on Saturday, when people flocked to the sands in high temperatures, Ms Berejiklian acknowledged the situation was “challenging”.

“We know people are tired after the huge things we’ve asked them to do that we need to stay on track…don’t start getting complacent now,” she said.

“We know the weather is contributing to our positivity and what we can look forward to in October.”

Cricket traditionally starts in mid-September in Sydney, while tennis, soccer and touch football are among other codes played in the spring.  Pictured: Bronte Beach on Sunday

Cricket traditionally starts in mid-September in Sydney, while tennis, soccer and touch football are among other codes played in the spring. Pictured: Bronte Beach on Sunday

However, social distancing rules do apply at indoor locations, where one person is allowed per four square meters.

At 80 percent vaccination coverage, domestic travel is allowed for fully vaccinated.

The timeline is based on the number of jabs maintaining its impressively high levels, something not seen in many other parts of the world, with rates abroad consistently hovering around 60 percent.

On Saturday, Health Minister Brad Hazzard said it is “possible” that people will be allowed to practice group sports such as cricket, touch football and tennis, and that more than five people could dine outside together if vaccination rates remain stable.

“I think we need to give a few more weeks to see how we go with the vaccinations, and I’m pretty sure we’ll be able to move in that area,” he told reporters.

Cricket traditionally starts in mid-September in Sydney, while tennis, soccer and touch football are among other codes played in the spring.

Surfing, fishing, cycling, bushwalking and camping are also among the popular outdoor activities that Sydneysiders could do in groups outside their local government areas or a 3 mile radius.

Mr Hazzard was unfazed on Saturday when images of worn-out Sydneysiders flocking to the city’s beaches on a 29-degree day on a 29-degree day surfaced on social media, stating that ‘fresh air, we know, the safest place to be right now”.

Notably, NSW police did not throw the book of comprehensive lockdown rules at beachgoers who were lax in social distancing, wore masks or only gathered in pairs, although police did try to enforce the 5km travel rule.

However, the scenes infuriated those living in the 12 Sydney LGAs who are currently banned from ‘recreational’ sunbathing outside, who claimed the ‘selfish’ behavior was a slap in the face to those told 10pm a year. to stay inside. day.

From Monday 13 September, up to five fully vaccinated adults will be allowed to gather outside for recreation and leisure activities, such as picnics, in areas of greater Sydney.

Those in the LGAs of care can enjoy two hours of outdoor recreation with fully vaccinated members of their household or with one other fully vaccinated individual who is not a member of their home.

During the weekend press conference, Mr. Hazzard asked if he would support expanding picnics to allow 10 people to gather instead of five.

He replied that the government should look at ‘what other normality we can bring back into our lives’.

“I fully support that. If I could get some time to work with the team, I would.”

The extra incentives will only become a reality if the vaccination rate remains high.

What are the four stages of opening?

1. Vaccinate, Prepare and Trial (from July 14)

Arrival caps halved to 3,035 per week until August 31; lockdowns and state border closures as a last resort; trials of seven-day home quarantine for vaccinated arrivals; medicare vaccination certificates available in apps like Apple Wallet

2. Post-vaccination phase (when a still unannounced percentage of Aussies are stung, expected early next year)

No lockdowns or state borders except in ‘extreme circumstances’; limits for unvaccinated arrivals doubled to 6,070; home quarantine for vaccinated arrivals; limited entry for students and economic visa holders

3. Consolidation phase (date not disclosed)

Removal of all outbound travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers; no limits for vaccinated arrivals; vaccinated people exempt from domestic restrictions; increased limits for students and visa holders; more travel bubbles arise with countries like Singapore; booster shots rolled out

4. Final phase (date unknown)

Unlimited arrivals for vaccinated people without any quarantine and unlimited arrivals for unvaccinated people with pre-departure and on-arrival testing

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