Despite being under lockdown for nearly two weeks, Sydney has seen its greatest daily increase of Covid cases in months.
On Thursday, the state government of New South Wales announced 38 cases in Sydney, bringing the total number of illnesses in this Delta outbreak to over 370.
People were breaking the lockdown regulations by going to other people’s homes, according to authorities.
Residents have been urged to follow the stay-at-home directive.
“This lockdown will only succeed if people stop interacting,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
“Please refrain from visiting anyone inside your home, whether they are members of your family or not. The term “immediate family” refers to individuals with whom you live; it does not include extended family or acquaintances “she stated
People with symptoms traveling throughout the community, she claimed, were also aiding the virus’ spread.
Thursday’s caseload was the city’s highest in 14 months in a single day.
A stay-at-home order has been issued for Australia’s largest metropolis, which has a population of five million people. Also impacted are the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong, and Shoalhaven regions.
People are allowed to leave their houses for basics such as shopping, exercise, and caregiving under the guidelines. Restaurants that serve takeout and specialty retail stores are open for business.
‘It’s time for us to step up.’
Authorities were compelled to extend the lockdown by a week earlier this week since the number of cases was not decreasing – there have been roughly 18 to 35 new infections every day for the previous week.
While the majority of infections are identified in infected patients who have already been isolated, there are a considerable number of community-transmitted infections.
“Those figures are far too high. We must reduce those figures “Ms. Berejiklian stated.
In mid-June, the Sydney cluster arose in the beach district of Bondi and nearby affluent areas. However, the focus has switched to the city’s southwestern suburbs.
According to critics, many people rely on informal jobs that cannot be done from home, and public health message has been poor in reaching non-English speaking communities.
Ms. Berejiklian has warned that stricter restrictions may be imposed in some areas.
“We don’t want the lockdown to last much longer, and we don’t want to see Sydney go into and out of lockdown until the vast majority of the population has been vaccinated. That is up to every one of us to rise to the occasion, no matter how difficult it may be.”
From Friday, New South Wales Police said it would send 100 more officers to the hotspot suburbs to ensure people followed the laws.
The Delta epidemic in Sydney and recent scares in other places have generated public outrage at the federal government’s delayed vaccine deployment.
Fewer than 10% of Australians are vaccinated, and a shortage of supplies, notably of the Pfizer vaccine, means that many people, particularly those under the age of 40, will not have their vaccine until the last few months of the year.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Thursday that 300,000 additional doses of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccinations would be sent to Sydney to combat the “extremely dangerous situation” there.
The vaccine campaign in Australia began in February when the country had only a few cases. Supply issues and concerns over the AstraZeneca vaccine’s negative effects have slowed progress.