Covid-19 Australia: How New South Wales will have to live with restrictions until October

How New South Wales will have to live with Covid restrictions until October as premier Gladys Berejiklian reveals when the state will reach an 80% vaccination rate

  • NSW premier said Sydneysiders may have to live with restrictions until October 
  • That is when she expects state to have vaccinated 80 per cent of the population  
  • Follows the federal government receiving another million Pfizer doses overnight 
  • NSW on Monday recorded 98 new local cases of highly-contagious Delta variant 

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned Sydneysiders they may have to live with strict social distancing restrictions for another three months because Covid-19 vaccination levels are so low.

Ms Berejiklian revealed on Monday it may take health officials until October to vaccinate 80 per cent of NSW.

Only 10.9 per cent of the eligible Australian population are so far fully immunised. 

‘We are trying to get out of this as soon as we can, but there’s no doubt everyone across Australia will need some level of restriction as we get vaccination rates higher,’ she said.  

Police officers are pictured at Bondi Beach on Monday. Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned Sydneysiders they may have to live with strict stay-at-home restrictions for another three months because Covid-19 vaccination levels are so low

A Covid-19 jab is administered at the Inner City Covid-19 Vaccine Hub in Sydney on July 1.

A Covid-19 jab is administered at the Inner City Covid-19 Vaccine Hub in Sydney on July 1.

‘We are looking forward to those extra doses [of Pfizer] that are coming by the end of September.’

The premier said her government’s challenge was how working out ‘how to live safely and freely until at least the end of October’.

Her estimate came as the federal government took delivery of one million doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine overnight in a bid to speed up the fledgling rollout.

NSW recorded a further 98 cases of the highly-contagious Delta variant on Monday as Sydney’s five million residents endure the fourth week of a harsh stay-at-home lockdown.

Monday’s new cases mean NSW health officials have now found 1,340 Covid-19 infections since that cluster began on June 16. 

Ms Berejiklian said families across Sydney – particularly in the south-west where transmission is highest – needed to stay at home if the city had any chance at coming out of lockdown.

‘You need to be extra, extra careful about workplaces and about your own family members who don’t live in your household,’ she said. 

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‘Workplaces not only spread the virus to colleagues but potentially spread the virus to other communities.’ 

Ms Berejiklian from Monday ordered all construction to pause for two weeks across Sydney, but she said high transmission levels were still being recorded in workplaces across the city. 

She admitted meanwhile she may not be able to fully dial back NSW’s strict restrictions until October – when 80 per cent of the state’s population is expected to be vaccinated against the virus. 

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian arrives at her Covid-19 press conference on Monday. NSW has recorded a further 98 cases of the highly-contagious Delta variant

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian arrives at her Covid-19 press conference on Monday. NSW has recorded a further 98 cases of the highly-contagious Delta variant

New South Wales' 98 local cases of Covid-19 overnight included 37 unlinked infections which are still under investigation

New South Wales’ 98 local cases of Covid-19 overnight included 37 unlinked infections which are still under investigation

‘Until we get vaccination rates at a level that will protect the community we will have to live with some level of restriction,’ she said.

‘I think that is accepted and we are looking forward to those extra doses that are coming by the end of September.   

‘So by the end of October they will be a much higher rate of vaccination.’ 

As well as 67 cases in Sydney’s south-west, 11 were found in the city’s west and another eight were detected in central Sydney. 

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