Pressure is mounting on New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian to enforce a tough lockdown in Greater Sydney before coronavirus cases spiral out of control.
Concern is growing among health experts that not enough is being done to stop the spread as COVID-19 numbers steadily rise.
Today’s case numbers will be posted at 11 a.m. M.
The cases in the interior of the West have the health authorities more concerned.
World Health Organization adviser and infectious disease expert Professor Marylouise McLaws said the Sydney shutdown was long overdue.
“There should have been a shutdown somewhere on 19 (December) around the time of the increase in the number of large groups, on the North Beaches, for the North Beaches and for the rest of the Non-Beaches. North, “Professor McLaws told Today.
“Now is the time to start stopping the spread. However, we just celebrated New Years Eve and we are having the cricket.
“And these two events are, in addition to the Christmas increase, accelerators for an increase in numbers, a greater diffusion.”
Nearly 28,000 people across the state were tested in the 24 hours before yesterday, an increase from the previous days.
Professor McLaws also urged people to wear a mask, even if NSW Health doesn’t make it mandatory.
“Masks are not a choice. You wear a mask not only to protect yourself, but to protect others. There is good scientific evidence that it works both ways.”
But Professor McLaws said it would be wise to drastically reduce the number of spectators or postpone cricket.
“Probably one of the most sensible things to do is put it off,” he said.
“Reducing the numbers sounds good. Being outside sounds like a great idea, but people scream, they are having a good time, they are what we call superparticles if they are in that presymptomatic phase where you can be highly infectious.
“You don’t just have to have symptoms to be contagious. You also have to get there by public transport and also through the turnstiles, to the bathrooms, to order drinks and food.
“So you can’t do this without a mask and you can’t do it without increased risk.”
Yesterday, the president of the Western Australian Medical Association, Dr Andrew Miller, was one of the leading voices pushing for stricter restrictions in New South Wales.
“It wouldn’t be going too far to lock Sydney up right now until you have this under control,” Dr. Miller told Today.
“Sydney may have the best contact tracing in the country. But that’s an incredibly difficult task when you have this many people and they’re on the move.”