NSW Health rejects “ring of steel”

NSW health minister Brad Hazzard rejected Victorian premier Daniel Andrews’ proposal to place a “ring of steel” around Sydney to prevent the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 outside of the locked down areas.

“Mr Andrews has his entitlement to deal with his community in the way he wants to deal with. I did notice that the Police Union in Victoria had expressed concerns about putting all your regulars in a ring of steel type concept. I don’t see that as being an appropriate approach. We already have limits in terms of workers being able to come out of the five most challenged local government areas at the present time. So I think that is very appropriate as to the balance that we have struck to date.”

““Our preferred position is to get greater access to Pfizer,” he added, saying he is “disappointed” by the response from other states who declined a bid by NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian to secure extra Pfizer doses to help battle the Covid outbreak in south-west Sydney hotspots.

Yesterday Prime Minister also dismissed Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ plea for  for a “ring of steel” around Sydney.

“I’m quite certain that people living in Greater Sydney do not feel they are under loose restrictions,” he said.

Sydney recorded 163 new coronavirus cases on Saturday with 45 infectious in the community as Sydney struggles to come to grips with its latest outbreak.