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Latest case numbers prompt calls for Sydney to be locked down as COVID-19 spreads across the state


#Pressure is mounting #New #South #Wales #Premier #Gladys #Berejiklian to enforce a tough lockdown on #Greater #Sydney before coronavirus cases spiral out of control.

#Concerns are growing among healthcare experts that not enough is being done to stop the spread as COVID-19 numbers rise steadily.

#Today’s case numbers are due to be released at 11am.

#Croydon is the latest suburb to be considered a coronavirus hotspot after a new cluster emerged there. (#Rhett #Wyman/SMH)
#Yesterday, NSW recorded 10 new cases. #Half of the new cases are linked to the #Avalon outbreak in #Sydney’s #Northern #Beaches, three are from the #Croydon cluster in the city’s #Inner #West, one is linked to patient transport workers and another from western #Sydney is under investigation and could be an old case.

#Cases in the #Inner #West have health authorities most worried.

#World #Health #Organisation adviser and infectious diseases expert #Professor #Marylouise #McLaws said a lockdown for #Sydney was well overdue.

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“A lockdown should have occurred somewhere on the 19th (of #December) around the time of the increased number, big clusters, on the #Northern #Beaches, for the #Northern #Beaches and for the rest of non-Northern #Beaches,” #Professor #McLaws told #Today.

“#It is now time to then start putting a stop to further spread. #However, we’ve just had #New #Year’s #Eve and we’re going to have the cricket on.

“#And these two events are, apart from the #Christmas increase, accelerators for increased numbers, further spread.”

#Almost 28,000 people across the state were tested during the previous 24 hours to yesterday, an increase on previous days.

#Professor #McLaws also urged people to wear a mask, even if NSW #Health won’t make it mandatory.

“#Masks are not a choice. #You wear a mask not just to protect yourself, but to protect others. There’s good scientific evidence that it works both ways.”

#Testing has ramped up across NSW as new coronavirus cases are being recorded daily. (#Nine)

#But #Professor #McLaws said it would be wise to either reduce crowd numbers drastically or postpone the cricket.

“#Probably one of the most sensible things to do is to postpone it,” she said.

“#Reducing numbers sounds good. #Being outside sounds like a great idea, but people shout, they have a good time, they’re what we call super-particles if they are in that pre- symptomatic phase when you can be highly infectious.

“#You don’t just have to have symptoms to be infectious. #But you’ve also got to get there by public transport and also through the turnstiles, to the bathrooms, to ordering drinks and food.

“#So you can’t do this without a mask on and you can’t do this without an increased risk.”

#Yesterday, #Western #Australian #Medical #Association #President #Doctor #Andrew #Miller was among the leading voices pushing for tighter restrictions across NSW.

“#It wouldn’t be going too far to put #Sydney in lockdown at the moment until you have this under control,” #Dr #Miller told #Today.

“#Sydney may well have the best contact tracing in the country. #But that is an incredibly difficult task when you have this number of people and they’re moving around.”



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##Latest #case #numbers #prompt #calls ##Sydney #locked #COVID19 #spreads #state

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