It’s hard to believe just last week, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was talking about easing restrictions in some parts of Sydney from August 28.
Any of that positivity was completely gone when Ms Berejiklian fronted for her daily press conference today at 11am to announce another record bad day for NSW.
Up to 254 were infectious in the community for at least part of their infectious period — which probably explains why Ms Berejiklian and chief medical officer Kerry Chant looked so defeated.
Sydney is now in its seventh week of lockdown, and yet more than 70 per cent of new cases were in the community while infectious.
And if people aren’t following the rules now, it’s hardly going to get any better. Lockdown fatigue will only get worse.
Dr Chant was pressed on this point, but beyond saying the government is always looking at ways to “support the community comply”, she put it back on Sydney residents.
“Once you’ve got that force of infection, it’s really hard to turn it around,” she said.
“And that’s why I think we all need to redouble our efforts. I appreciate that those communities have been heavily impacted.
“I think that we need to further work with those communities to really ensure that compliance.”
NSW seems out of ideas beyond pleading with people to get vaccinated.
And based on the latest figures, NSW won’t reach 70 per cent of the population fully vaccinated – the magic figure Scott Morrison says will mean no more lockdowns – until November 4.
That’s still 86 days away.
Dr Chant is hardly someone you could accuse of letting emotions get the better of her during these length press conferences each day, but today she seemed at her wit’s end.
“We need to further decrease mobility and the community needs to adhere to the orders,” Dr Chant said.