If lockdown is to continue for weeks, the need for assistance is imperative. While NSW treasurer Dominic Perrottet reportedly resisted this lockdown being extended, he is said to have called for JobKeeper to be reinstated int he state. His concerns about workers needing financial support were one of his reasons for first resisting the extension, but with NSW in the dire position it currently sits, financial assistance is gravely needed.
As restrictions now stand, NSW authorities are urging people not to socialise with anyone they don’t live with as 145 cases have been recorded again today. In South Australia, lockdown restrictions will lift on Tuesday night, but rules will still remain including seated service on indoor and outdoor restaurants, limits to household gathering numbers, density limits for gyms, and weddings and funerals being capped at 50. Victoria is also likely to lift its lockdown.
Still, the NSW Premier has shot down reports that lockdown will continue until mid-September. Speaking to Sunrise, she said: “This week we’ll be communicating what life beyond July 31 and for the next few weeks looks like.”
She added, “Our government’s mission is to keep our population safe, but also to allow us to live as freely as possible - and that’s the balance we need to find in the next few weeks.” She urged Sydney-siders to stick to the rules, saying: “The quicker all of us stick to the rules, the quicker all of us get out of this.” Since June 26, more than five million residents have been required to ‘stay at home’ unless for essential reasons.
Currently, there are 141 people now suffering from Covid-19 in hospital. 43 of them are in intensive care and 18 require ventilation. Of the 43, 42 have not had any dose of a Covid vaccine. One is also in their teens, seven are in their 20s and three are in their 30s. As a result, the Premier is urging people to come forward for vaccination. “As you know, the health advice has changed in the last few days, so everybody is welcome to come forward and get the AstraZeneca vaccine, and please know that whether it is through your GP, through a local pharmacist or through obviously the NSW health pubs, please come forward and get vaccinated.”
“One thing we also know with this cruel Delta strain which is what we are dealing with, is that even one dose of the vaccine not only gives you personal protection, but it also reduces your chances of passing the disease on to others. And that’s why during the Delta outbreak, higher vaccination rates, even the first dose, slow the spread down. It won’t stop the spread alone, but it will definitely, definitely slow the spread down.”
All adults (even those under 40) are currently able to get the safe and effective AstraZeneca vaccine through a GP, where it’s recommended you talk to a doctor to see if it’s right for you.