AMA President says Sydney could be locked down ‘indefinitely’ as outbreak continues

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Australian Medical Association president Dr Omar Khorshid has warned that Sydney could be shut down ‘indefinitely’ if COVID case numbers don’t start to dip.

The top doctor told Sunrise that the lockdown of Australia’s most populous city “certainly hasn’t worked yet” and that residents could be forced to live with restrictions until they are fully-vaccinated.

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NSW recorded 98 new local cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday, week four of the lockdown, maintaining a three-day average in the high 90s.

Up to 44 cases were active in the community while infectious, including 20 for their entire infectious period.

Sydney can’t seem to shake stubbornly high COVID-19 infection numbers. Credit: Yiran An/Getty

Dr Khorshid said the next “week or so will be absolutely critical” as health officials anxiously wait to see if the tough new lockdown measures introduced on Monday have any effect.

These included the temporary closure of the construction industry and confining residents of south-west Sydney to their homes.

“Were going to have to see over the next probably five days whether this is enough,” Khorshid said.

“If it isn’t, then Sydney has either got to do something really dramatic in order to stop the spread or work out what are the permanent settings that need to be in place in order to protect people as best as possible whilst accepting that COVID will be the community until we’re fully-vaccinated.”

Dr Omar Khorshid says Sydney could be in lockdown ‘indefinitely’.
Dr Omar Khorshid says Sydney could be in lockdown ‘indefinitely’. Credit: James D. Morgan/Getty Images

Khorshid suggested that harsher measures could include “shutting down most businesses and almost having the police roaming the streets.”

“I think if every Sydneysider does the right thing, there’s a good chance it will work,” he said of the current settings.

“But, we also need to be preparing for ourselves for the possibility that it doesn’t,” he said.

Numbers not budging

The NSW premier has said on she wants to number of positive cases who were infectious in the community to reduce before she will be comfortable easing restrictions.

“The closer we get that number to zero, the sooner we can end the lockdown,” Gladys Berejiklian said on Monday.

The graph below shows how the number of isolated cases is trending, a figure the NSW government is “keen to nudge” lower.

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While 54 were in isolation for their entire infectious period on Sunday, another 17 were only isolating partially.

That means there were 37 COVID cases in the community at some point of their infection – a figure far too high for authorities to consider opening back up.

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant told reporters on Monday that the data her team is seeing shows more needs to be done “to reduce mobility”.

“We need to do more to reduce opportunities for people to come together,” she said.

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