Australia Covid live update: Sydney lockdown to be extended, massive testing queues at Fairfield | Australia news
The mayor of Fairfield, Frank Carbone, is calling for the state government to urgently set up more testing locations in his council area, noting people have in the lines have been forced to wait upwards of six hours, and suggesting local residents have effectively been barricaded into their homes with roads gridlocked with cars.
We support more testing but adequate resources need to be put in place, today has been a terrible experience with a 6-hour wait and the NSW government needs to put more testing sites across Fairfield.
Endeavour reserve testing clinic has blocked all of The Boulevard, Avenell St and every other road leading into the Park for kilometres, crossing over into Hamilton Road.
These poor residents who need to go to work tomorrow are having to wait hours due to the new testing rules that apply to Fairfield residents who are required to get tested every 3 days if they work outside our area.
Stay safe everyone and best to get tested tomorrow.
Good morning, it’s Matilda Boseley here with you, and welcome to Wednesday.
It’s a tense wait this morning in NSW with the premier expected to announce an extension to the greater Sydney lockdown, but it’s not clear how long this extension is likely to last.
The state recorded 89 new local coronavirus cases on Tuesday, after 112 on Monday and 77 on Sunday. Twenty-seven of the positive cases announced on Tuesday were not in isolation for all or part of their infectious period, with authorities desperate to get this number as close to zero as possible.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has been warning for several days that the lockdown is extremely likely to be extended, but this was all but confirmed yesterday when the state and the federal government came together to announce a significant lockdown financial support package that’s calculated to last at least several weeks.
The state government expanded its business grants and either cut or deferred payroll taxes for most companies, while workers who have lost eight or more hours a week as a result of the lockdown will be able to apply for up to $600 a week in federal support.
Each day it seems the attention of NSW Health focuses more and more on the city’s south-west, where case numbers continue to grow.
As of today, anyone living in the Fairfield local government area but performing essential work in the wider city must be tested every three days, while anyone from greater Sydney travelling to the regions for work must be tested weekly.
This has caused colossal lines outside testing clinics in Fairfield. Here’s a look at the Fairfield showgrounds yesterday afternoon:
With that, why don’t we jump into the day. There is certainly enough to get through.
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