Gladys Berejiklian has warned NSW the state’s deadly Delta outbreak will likely get worse before it gets better.
During an interview with 2GB radio, the NSW Premier said she could not commit to what life might look like for Sydneysiders after August 28 when the lockdown was scheduled to end.
Ms Berejiklian said people had “certainty until the end of the month”, with restrictions in place until August 28, but after that it was dependant on health advice.
The Premier has so far resisted calls to release a road map out of lockdown for NSW as Covid-19 case numbers continue to remain at high levels.
The virus is continuing to spread across Sydney, with daily case numbers hovering around or above 200 for the past week, including 233 new infections on Wednesday.
“The road map is dependent on the health advice closer to August 28,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“I’m concerned and the health experts are concerned that things could get worse before they get better.
“I’d love to be able to say to the public ‘this is what the life looks like on the 29th of August’, but that wouldn’t be an honest statement to make.
“What August the 29th looks like, that is the day after the current lockdown, depends on two things – firstly, the number of cases we have at the time and where the virus is spreading, and secondly, the rate of vaccination.”
Ms Berejiklian said if case numbers went down and vaccination rates went up, that would be a “positive outcome” for the state.
There are 185,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine on their way to New South Wales which will be delivered in two batches. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the delivery will not impact the allocations of the other states and territories. The majority of the doses will go to Sydney’s southwest and 20,000 will to the regions which gave up their doses to allow year 12 students in the eight LGAs of concern to be vaccinated. For the state to reach Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s target of 6 million doses by the end of August 69,000 doses will have to be administered daily between now and then.
“The more our population is vaccinated, the greater options we have when we’re considering easing restrictions,” she said.
“We’re going through the worst weeks of seeing that case numbers continually stay at high levels.
“We’ve done well to keep things at bay, but the Delta strain is so different to anything Australia has seen before.”
Ms Berejiklian said authorities would try to give the public as much notice as possible before easing the lockdown or restrictions.