NSW Lockdown Updates: Gladys says some LGAs could be released from areas of concern rules

NSW Lockdown Updates: Gladys says some LGAs could be released from areas of concern rules

Residents in some suburbs could be given more freedom after the prime minister hinted at plans to remove some council areas from the hotspot list.

Some council areas can be removed from the list of “areas of interest”, which means residents can have more freedoms as the outbreak spreads to other areas.

The Prime Minister hinted that some suburbs could be reclassified, meaning they would be removed from areas of interest and would adhere to the same measures as the rest of Greater Sydney.

Twelve LGA’s are on the list of hotspots including Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Canterbury-Bankstown, Campbelltown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield and some suburbs of Penrith.

These areas are home to about 2.5 million residents, and have additional rules in place such as a curfew and a one-hour limit for exercise.

Only essential workers can leave the LGA to work and must take frequent Covid tests.

But this could change in some areas.

She said health officials will look at both the number of cases and vaccination rates in those areas before deciding whether or not to lift restrictions.

“There are two areas of local government that we are considering excluding from areas of concern,” Ms. Berejiklian said on Tuesday.

“These are opportunities we should look at and they are dependent on health advice but I want to warn that there are two LGAs that are seeing declining numbers (but) I don’t want to speculate.”

Bearwood, Bayside, and George River were potential options.

Figures from NSW Health revealed that Burwood has only recorded six cases over the past week, including one on Monday.

Strathfield recorded just five infections on Monday, while George River recorded 17.

New South Wales recorded 1,290 cases of COVID-19 and four deaths on Monday.

The virus is spreading rapidly across Sydney, but particularly in the southwest and west of the city.

The news came as the Sydneysiders entered their 10th week of a citywide lockdown that has since extended across the state.

New South Wales Health Director Kerry Chant said Monday’s deaths included a man in his 50s from Dubbo, two men in his 70s – one from western Sydney and one from the Inner West – and a woman in her 60s from western Sydney.

The man in his 50s, who is understood to be the first Aboriginal person in Australia to die from Covid-19, had underlying health conditions.

“Every time we read these[details]there’s a grieving family,” Dr. Chant said.

Dr Chant said the virus continues to spread rapidly in western and southwestern Sydney while parts of regional New South Wales remain hot spots.

Of the new cases, 51 were in the local health district in Western New South Wales, including 33 in Dubbo. There have been nine cases in the far west of the state.

But there was some good news as 6.8 million people received a dose of the vaccine in NSW.

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