Suburbs within Sydney’s Covid hotspots record zero active cases, despite residents earning less – and in some zip codes, 90 percent of residents are fully vaccinated.
Anomalies in pandemic danger zones offer Melbourne a lesson as the number of active deltas in the city’s troubled western suburbs rises to triple digits.
On a particularly dark day for New South Wales, 1,431 new cases were recorded with 12 deaths.
Liverpool City Council is one of 12 local government areas that have a 9pm to 5am curfew and residents are not allowed to venture further than 3 miles from home unless providing an essential service.
There are 679 active cases in Liverpool and Casula.
Suburbs within Sydney’s Covid hotspots record zero active cases, despite residents earning less – and in some zip codes, 90 percent of residents are fully vaccinated. Within the Liverpool council area, Badgerys Creek has zero active cases
But within the same council area, Badgerys has zero active cases, although the family income in this suburb is lower than in Liverpool.
In this suburb, which has been classified as an airport site, 93.7 percent speak English only at home and 82 percent were born in Australia.
By comparison, in Liverpool, less than half or 45.2 percent of people were born in Australia and only 33.4 percent spoke English at home.
Liverpool Labor councilor Nathan Hagarty, who represents the North Ward, said his ‘poor’ voters in Badgerys Creek previously lived in a large block and could avoid crowded workplaces.
“Virtually, the houses out there are plots of land, so people are spaced a little bit,” he told the Daily Mail Australia.
“You don’t live in an apartment and the people there mostly work in the fields or through the crafts, so they’re not essential workers and they don’t work in tight spaces.
In Liverpool and Casula there are 679 active cases (pictured is a woman on Macquarie Street in Liverpool)
“They’re probably wealthy, but cash-poor, and many of them have their own businesses or are sole proprietorships.”
Mr Hagarty said people in Liverpool and Casula were more likely to work in service jobs and had less English, found the state government’s reports on Covid confusing.
“The government messages, they used the same kind of messages that worked on the Northern Beaches and the Eastern Suburbs – that was people with higher English proficiency, maybe a high level of education and mainstream media consumers,” he said.
“In this part of the world, people speak a lot of different languages, they get their news from a lot of different sources and there are a lot of informal media networks through WhatsApp and those kinds of channels.”
Liverpool Labor councilor Nathan Hagarty, who represents the North Ward, said his ‘poor’ voters in Badgerys Creek previously lived in a large block and could avoid crowded workplaces. By comparison, people in Liverpool (pictured) were more likely to work in service jobs and had lower English language skills
Within the Liverpool municipal area, Edmondson Park has the highest vaccination rate in Australia, with 90 per cent of residents aged 16 and over fully vaccinated – a feat not seen even on Sydney’s wealthy North Shore.
Indian is also the most common ancestry.
Mr Hagarty said Edmondson Park residents had previously heard about the more contagious Delta strain from their relatives or news outlets in India, encouraging them to get vaccinated.
“The government really needs to look into why somewhere like Edmondson Park has the rates and why others don’t and learn lessons,” he said.
“There’s a very high South Asian population, a lot of them are professionals, so I think there’s a combination of being able to navigate the system and knowing how to get vaccinated, but they would also have information.” getting from their homeland in India and seeing the impact of the Delta tribe there.”
Like Sydney’s west and southwest, Melbourne’s western suburbs have higher numbers of cases in areas where residents are more likely to be migrants or lower-income people. Victoria now has 1,180 active cases with 103 in Tarneit (pictured during lockdown)
In the Penrith council area, Orchard Hills has zero active cases, although neighboring Colyton has 519 active cases.
But in both suburbs, two-thirds of residents are Australian-born and speak only English at home.
In Colyton, a significantly higher proportion of people work as taxi drivers, so they come home earlier and unknowingly pass the virus on to family members.
Like Sydney’s west and southwest, Melbourne’s western suburbs have higher numbers of cases in areas where residents are more likely to be migrants or lower-income people.
Victoria now has 1,180 active cases, 103 of which are in Tarneit, home to African Apex gangs.
Nearby Altona has 100 active cases.
The combined number of active cases in these suburbs nearly matches Victoria’s new daily case count of 208 announced Friday.