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‘THERE WILL BE MORE CASES’: New restrictions loom as outbreak spikes

Today’s cases in NSW will be higher than yesterday’s record total of 124, despite the current sweeping measures to push them down – and a radical overhaul of restrictions is reportedly on the table.

The NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard appeared on KIIS1065’s The Kyle and Jackie O Show where he was quizzed on infection numbers.

“There will be more (cases),” Mr Hazzard said. “We need people in south-west Sydney to stop moving around. We need people to understand it’s a dangerous virus.”

As case numbers remain stubborn, authorities are reportedly looking at new restrictions.

According to NSW government sources who have spoken to The Australiansouthwestern Sydney could be placed into a harder lockdown while restrictions would be relaxed in communities barely affected by Covid-19.

It reports that members of the state’s crisis cabinet are turning their mind to transition plans to relieve pressure on communities largely untouched by the virus, but that formal discussions about it are likely to occur only next week.

It comes as residents of NSW are bracing for another rise in Covid cases today amid signs of continued community spread in Sydney, despite current lockdown measures.

The state recorded its highest daily case number in the current outbreak, 124 cases, yesterday. Some 48 of those were in the community for their entire infectious period.

Overnight more exposure sites have been added in Sydney’s CBD, the south-west and inner west while an alert now has been issued for the Byron Bay area where sewerage testing has found virus fragments.

You can follow updates on the Covid situation across Australia in the blog below.

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Benjamin Graham

The NSW Health Minister has confirmed today’s cases will be higher than yesterday’s record total of 124.

Brad Hazzard appeared on KIIS1065’s The Kyle and Jackie O Show where he was quizzed on infection numbers.

“There will be more (cases),” Mr Hazzard said.

“We need people in south-west Sydney to stop moving around. We need people to understand it’s a dangerous virus.”

Further restrictions could be introduced in Greater Sydney as Covid-19 cases continue to rise despite a lockdown.

NSW recorded 124 cases announced on Thursday – the highest number yet in the current outbreak – leading to concerns that further restrictions may be needed.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian acknowledged it was not yet clear whether the latest rules, including the closure of construction sites, would see cases finally dip. She said authorities should have a better picture over the weekend or early next week.

Read more on what any further restrictions could look like here.

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Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has just confirmed that the Therapeutic Goods Administration approved the Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds overnight.

He told Seven’s Sunrise that the next step is for the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation to give its approval.

However, Robert Booy, infectious diseases paediatrician from the University of Sydney, said children should not yet jump the queue.

“The only children who might need a vaccine are those with chronic medical conditions, they are the ones that get very sick and die,” he said.

“In the main, children are incredibly resilient against this disease and we need to get adults, frontline workers, elderly people – all the rest who are at risk – vaccinated first before we even consider vaccinating children.”

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, ‘THERE WILL BE MORE CASES’: New restrictions loom as outbreak spikes, Nzuchi Times

As case numbers remain stubborn in NSW despite the current sweeping measures to push them down, a new way forward is reportedly on the table.

According to NSW government sources who have spoken to The Australian, southwestern Sydney could be placed into a harder lockdown while restrictions would be relaxed in communities barely affected by Covid-19.

It reports that members of the state’s crisis cabinet are turning their mind to transition plans to relieve pressure on communities largely untouched by the virus, but that formal discussions about it are likely to occur only next week.

Out of yesterday’s 124 new cases, 54 were from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 40 were from Western Sydney LHD, 18 were from Sydney LHD, eight were from South Eastern Sydney LHD, two were from Northern Sydney LHD, one is from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD and one was from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD.

, ‘THERE WILL BE MORE CASES’: New restrictions loom as outbreak spikes, Nzuchi Times
A map showing where the majority of Sydney’s cases are being found. Purple is the area of main concern, red of secondary concern and red spots areas where it is spreading.
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The TGA is believed to have approved Pfizer vaccinations for children aged 12 to 16, with an announcement expected on today, the Herald Sun is reporting.

Doses of the Pfizer vaccine — recommended for people under 60 — are being imported at a rate of one million a week but shortages are expected to remain until mid-September.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said “protecting children would be an important and welcome additional step in the national vaccination program”.

“Significantly we planned for this outcome and acquired the vaccines in the event of eligibility,” he said.

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A week into Victoria’s lockdown, around 900 people have been put into home quarantine after potentially being exposed at the busy Prahran Market on Saturday.

The state recorded 26 new locally acquired infections on Thursday – the highest daily figure in the current outbreak.

One of the cases visited the Prahran Market between 9.40am and 11.15am on Saturday.

He visited a number of traders, prompting the Department of Health to classify the whole market a Tier 1 site, meaning all staff and patrons who were at the market during that exposure period must quarantine for 14 days.

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Overnight NSW Health issued a new list of venues of concern and a sewage detection in the Byron Bay area.

Its sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes Covid-19 at the sewage treatment plant at Bryon Bay.

The sewage treatment plant serves about 19,000 people in Byron Bay, Wategos, Suffolk Park, Sunrise, and Broken Head.
“There are no known cases in this area, which is of great concern,” NSW Health said.

“Everyone in the area is asked to be especially vigilant for symptoms, and if they appear, to immediately come forward for testing and isolate until a negative result is received. If symptoms appear again, please be tested and isolate again.”

You can read more about the exposure sites here.

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, ‘THERE WILL BE MORE CASES’: New restrictions loom as outbreak spikes, Nzuchi Times

State and territory leaders will meet this afternoon at national cabinet to discuss Australia’s outbreaks and the next stages of the vaccine rollout.

It is understood that quarantine options, such as home isolation for vaccinated travellers, will be discussed.

The group will discuss the federal government’s “COVID Shield Plan”, which should detail how the rollout will work once more vaccines are delivered.

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, ‘THERE WILL BE MORE CASES’: New restrictions loom as outbreak spikes, Nzuchi Times

Residents of NSW are bracing for another rise in Covid case numbers today amid signs of continued community spread in Sydney, despite lockdown measures.

The state recorded its highest daily case number in the current outbreak, 124 cases, yesterday. Some 48 of those were in the community for their entire infectious period.

Overnight more exposure sites have been added in Sydney’s CBD, the south-west and inner west while an alert now has been issued for the Byron Bay area where sewerage testing has found virus fragments.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says given the number of people infectious in the community, she expects the number of cases to rise even higher.

“We anticipate case numbers will continue to go up before they start coming down and we need to brace ourselves for that,” she told reporters on Thursday.

“[The virus] is spreading like we’ve never seen before.”

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