Bayside, Burwood and Strathfield LGAs added to hard lockdown area

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian hosts a Covid-19 media conference on Thursday, 12 August, 2021. Image: Gladys Berejiklian/Facebook (live video screenshot).

By PETER HACKNEY

While all of Greater Sydney has been in a strict lockdown for seven weeks, even tougher public health orders are currently operating in nine LGAs.

From 5pm today, those nine will become twelve, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced, with the Bayside, Burwood and Strathfield LGAs set to join Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta and parts of Penrith as “areas of concern”.

As of 5pm, people living in the Bayside, Burwood and Strathfield council areas must not travel more than five kilometres from their home – including for shopping or essential services, cannot leave their LGA unless they are an authorised essential worker and must wear face masks at all times while outdoors.

Outside the twelve LGAs, the existing rules will prevail, whereby people can travel up to ten kilometres from their home and are only required to wear face masks in public indoor settings. Workers in roles which cannot be performed from home are not subject to travel restrictions. 

Ms Berejiklian flagged the possibility of further LGAs going into harder lockdown if high case numbers continue, declaring that residents of the Inner West Council and Camden Council areas needed to be on “extra alert”.

In relation to Bayside, she said: “The suburbs of particular concern are Bexley, Banksia and Rockdale where additional cases have been identified overnight, so if you live in those suburbs in particular, please come forward and get tested.”

345 new cases, 2 deaths

The new rules for Bayside, Burwood and Strathfield were announced at the NSW Government’s daily 11am media conference, at which it was revealed that 345 new locally Covid-19 cases were recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm last night – the second-highest daily number since the pandemic began.

Of the 345, at least 60 people infectious in the community. A further two cases were detected in quarantined travellers from overseas.

Two new deaths were also recorded, bringing the Covid-19 death toll in NSW to 93.

The two men who died, both in their 90s, had some level of Covid-19 vaccination: one had received a dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine, the other had been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer.

Records set for testing, vaccinations

A record 106,000 people were vaccinated in NSW yesterday, while a new testing record was also set, with 151,830 people receiving a Covid-19 test.

A total of 374 people are now in hospital in NSW with Covid-19, including 62 people in intensive care, 29 of whom are on ventilators.

Of the 62 people currently in ICU, 57 are unvaccinated while the remaining five had received just one dose.

Peter Hackney is the editor-in-chief of the Sydney Sentinel.