The true impact of the Sydneywon’t be known for days, with one medical expert warning the thousands of people who attended could plunge all of NSW into lockdown. Greater Sydney is already preparing for another lockdown extension announcement this , with the editor of the Medical Journal of Australia, Professor Nick Talley, saying there is a high chance demonstrators who traveled to the protest from outside Sydney could spread the virus into regional areas of the state.
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“This was an idiotic thing to do, just idiotic. Yes, we risk a superspreader event,” he told 2GB on Monday morning. “There were people from, not only across, but I also understand people outside Greater Sydney at those protests. “That means we might even risk outbreaks outside of locking down. Just a disaster.”
Thousands of people converged on theon Saturday to protest the lockdown. Images and videos showed unmasked demonstrators packed tightly together, shouting “freedom” and holding anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination signs. The demonstration quickly descended into chaos, with protesters reacting violently toward and attacking police horses.
said she was “absolutely disgusted and disappointed” in those who attended the protest, warning it could lead to a “super-spreading” event. “We don’t want a setback, and yesterday could have been a setback. on Sunday. “But I’m just so utterly disgusted, disappointed, and heartbroken that people don’t consider the safety and wellbeing of their fellow citizens.”
Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys described the events on Saturday as “violent, filthy, risky behavior”. He said ahad been set up to investigate the protest and urged anyone to submit it to Crime Stoppers with video footage, photos, or any information.
“The investigation into people’s behavior yesterday will continue for some time, so I expect over thethat several penalty infringement notices will continue to be high,” Mr. Worboys said. The has requested financial modeling to extend the Greater Sydney lockdown until mid-September.
According to The Australian, thestate’swill convene this morning to discuss a significant lockdown extension, The publication reports a September 3 lockdown end date was originally considered, but officials are now understood to be modeling multiple financial scenarios, including one where stay-at-home orders remain in place until September 17.
Speaking to 2GB, Professor Talley said he wouldn’t be surprised if the lockdown remains in place into September. “NSW is in a terrible place; sadly, this is where we are now. I think it will be extended, and how long – it’s unclear,” he said.
When asked why NSW has struggled to get this outbreak under control, Professor Talley said it was a combination of the highly-infectious nature of the Delta variant, not locking down early enough, and not having enough.
“I think we needed to squash it very hard very early if we were going to succeed, and that just didn’t happen. And, of course, we are largely unvaccinated, which is also a problem, and I think that’s why we are where we are,” he said. “We just have to deal with where we are now rather than worry about the past.”