Gladys Berejiklian has launched into a reporter for insisting she send the entirety of New South Wales into a more radical lockdown, saying: ‘it’s not your press conference’.
NSW obliterated its previous record with 633 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday morning as officials lose further control in the battle against the highly-infectious Delta strain.
A Sky News journalist was reprimanded by the premier during her daily press conference for continually asking questions about whether she will implement a harder, stage four lockdown.
‘Excuse me, it’s not your press conference, there’s other journalists here as well,’ Ms Berejiklian snapped.
Gladys Berejiklian has launched into a reporter for insisting she send the entirety of New South Wales into a more radical lockdown , saying: ‘it’s not your press conference’
Of the new cases, 550 were found in Sydney’s west and south-west. Pictured is a police officer and ADF personnel monitoring a line of people waiting to receive their Covid-19 vaccine
The reporter was calling on the premier to explain the current lockdown situation as the current crisis worsens, asking if there were more radical measures being considered.
‘There’s 8 million people in this state, of course 400 people are going to be doing the wrong thing. You got of the right health orders and lockdown in place,’ the reporter says before Ms Berejiklian cuts her off.
‘We have had an continue of the right settings in place. But unfortunately too many people continue to do the wrong thing,’ she says.
‘The settings are right, are they?’ the Sky News reporter asks, before Ms Berejiklian tells her it ‘isn’t your press conference’.
Ms Berejiklian then repeats the myth she and her staff have been spouting that NSW is currently in the strictest lockdown Australia has seen, before the reporter calls her on that as well.
‘Can I say this point: That we know the settings we have in place are some of the harshest that Australia has ever been,’ the premier says.
‘But not the harshest?’ the reporter interjects again.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the worst was yet to come for Sydneysiders as the state recorded by far the highest daily rise in cases during the Covid-19 pandemic to date
The reporter was calling on the premier to explain the current lockdown situation as the current crisis worsens, asking if there were more radical measures being considered
‘However, unfortunately it only takes a small number of people to do the wrong thing, to cause this amount of spread,’ Ms Berejiklian answers, ignoring the comment from the reporter.
‘That’s why I’m urging everybody – stay home, don’t leave home unless you absolutely have to.
‘And I’m also saying to people – we know that there is the light at the end of the tunnel.
‘We know we’ll get through this but it will take us much longer than we need to if people keep doing the wrong thing.’
Seating areas are pictured roped off to prevent members of the public gathering at Bronte Beach in Sydney on Wednesday
NSW authorities confirmed the state’s worst day of the pandemic to date with a record 633 new cases and three deaths from the virus overnight.
An unvaccinated man in his 60s died from the virus at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney’s south-west and two men in their late 70s died at Nepean Hospital.
One of them was fully vaccinated and the other had received his first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Of the new cases, 550 were found in west and south-west Sydney.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the worst was yet to come for the city – which has spent almost eight weeks under a stay-at-home lockdown.
‘What the data is telling us in the last few days is that we haven’t seen the worst of it,’ she said.
‘The way that we stop this is by everybody staying at home. You cannot get the virus if you do not have contact with other people.
‘You have to assume, no matter where you are in the state, that every time you set foot out of your door, that you have the virus or anybody you’re in contact with has the virus.’
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said the state’s eight million residents had a ‘collective responsibility’ to help stem the spread of the highly-contagious Delta variant.