Sumary of How Sydney’s last resort lockdown could look:
- Further restrictions could be introduced in Greater Sydney as Covid-19 cases continue to rise despite a lockdown.
- The state’s stubbornly high Covid cases could see authorities turn to harsher restrictions, partly aimed at ensuring compliance of stay-at-home orders.
- Sadly, the numbers of people who were infectious while in the community remains “much too high”, with around half of all cases circulating before testing positive.
- Burnet Institute epidemiologist Professor Michael Toole said limiting travel, whether that be for 5km or 10km, would help reduce movement in Greater Sydney.
- South Australia has introduced a 2.5km limit but Prof Toole said it was unclear whether this would be more effective as Burnet modelling only looked at restrictions put into place during Victoria’s second lockdown last year.
- However, Prof Toole said it was important that authorities focus on increasing the level of compliance with stay-at-home orders.
- He pointed to recent University of Sydney modelling measuring mobility up until July 13 that showed only 40 per cent of Sydney residents were staying home and reducing social interactions by one-tenth.
- As an example, Director of the University of Sydney’s Centre for Complex Systems Professor Mikhail Prokopenko, who developed the modelling, told news.