Sydney, Australia’s largest city, is currently experiencing the worst Covid outbreak on record. The situation has been dubbed a “National Emergency” by state officials, who attribute the worrying spread of the virus to an increase in Delta variant infections. The state of New South Wales has urged the federal government to deliver extra vaccination doses as well as additional resources.
- Sydney, Australia’s largest city, is experiencing the worst Covid outbreak yet.
- Earlier this week, state leaders declared the situation a national emergency
- There are now 1,782 cases in total.
- In the country, only 12 percent of people have been fully vaccinated.
- A shortage of Pfizer vaccines and safety concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine led to a delay in vaccination.
- Covid restrictions in Sydney may last until October.
Sydney, Australia’s largest city, is currently experiencing the worst Covid outbreak on record. According to state officials, the situation has reached the level of a “National Emergency,” and the worrying spread of the virus is being attributed to an increase in Delta variant infections. On the other hand, no significant consequences of the city’s month-long lockdown have been observed.
As a result of the crisis, the state of New South Wales has requested that the federal government send additional doses of vaccine as well as resources to assist the people living in the Australian state. Gladys Berejiklian, the premier of New South Wales, stated, “We have an obligation on behalf of the nation to limit the virus,” and she went on to say, “There is no doubt that the numbers are not moving in the right direction.”
Approximately half of the country’s 25 million people are under lockdown because the virus is growing at such a rapid pace. Berejiklian stated that, in such a case, the government must place a strong priority on the implementation of mass vaccination programs.
On Friday, the state of New South Wales reported a total of 136 cases, which is considered to be a record high for the outbreak’s first week of operations. The overall number of cases, on the other hand, has already reached 1,782 individuals.
She stated that only 12 percent of the population in the country had received a complete vaccination regimen. The shortage of Pfizer vaccinations, as well as doubts about the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine, contributed to the postponement of immunization. According to Premier Gladys Berejiklian, “at the very least, we need more initial doses of Pfizer.” She also stated that the Covid limitations in Sydney may last until the month of October.
As part of the lockdown, she made an announcement on non-essential workers, stating that they will not be permitted to leave certain areas of Sydney since the government has introduced harsher guidelines for those who are not required to work.
Deputy Premier Gladys Berejiklian stated that “it is very evident that we will not be close to zero (cases) next Friday.” “We’ll have a better idea of what August, September, and October are going to look like by the end of next week.”
On Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison acknowledged that the objective for immunization had not been met, while also apologizing for the country’s sluggish vaccine implementation.
“In terms of the immunization program, I accept full responsibility. I also accept responsibility for the difficulties we’ve encountered “he explained. “Obviously, we have some control over some things and we don’t have control over others.”