Adam Marshall Covid-19 Update:
Adam Marshall released this COVID-19 update regarding the outbreak in south-west Sydney was officially regarded a National Emergency, by the State’s Crisis Cabinet committee.
In the 24 hours to 8pm, yesterday (Thursday, 22 July 2021), there were 136 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in NSW. 53 of those cases were in the community while infectious.
These are the highest daily figures since the start of the latest outbreak.
As a result, the NSW Government has called on the Federal Government to refocus the distribution of vaccine into the affected local government areas, to increase the number of people who have had one dose.
For those of us in the regions I say again; the entire adult population of NSW, unless they have an underlying health condition, is now eligible for a vaccine and should be taking every possible step to get one.
If you are aged 18 to 59 you can contact your doctor today and have a suitability assessment to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, as soon as an appointment is available.
It has been indicated the pathway out of lockdown and restrictions will take at least three months, based on the current rate of infection.
Jabs in arms will be the only way to get on top of this terrible situation and protect regional communities from similar events in the future.
The Queensland Government has again declared NSW, in its entirety, a COVID-19 hotspot. At 1am this morning (Friday 23 July 2021) the border was closed.
Thankfully, a local government based NSW border zone has been established, which takes in the Glen Innes Severn, Gwydir, Inverell and Moree Plains Shire Council areas.
For this border closure, residents in the bubble can only enter Queensland for essential purposes like purchasing food or other goods or services for the personal needs, to get a COVID-19 vaccine or test, or attend work and education.
Overnight it was clarified border zone residents can participate in Queensland organised team sport.
Border zone residents will need to apply for a Queensland Entry Pass (X Pass) to cross the border.
You must complete the Queensland Entry Pass in the 3 days before you travel to Queensland.
Any border zone residents who travel outside of the border zone into other parts of New South Wales will not be able to enter Queensland for 14 days from their date of travel.
Queensland has anticipated NSW will remain a declared hotspot for four weeks, with a possible earlier review pending the outcome of their current outbreak.
As this is a decision by the Queensland Government I encourage those who have further inquiries on the border closure, including requests for an exemption by the Chief Health Officer, to visit www.qld.gov.au or phone 13 42 68.
To keep on top of the current restrictions and COVID safe measures, the NSW Government’s website clearly lists what you are and are not able to do.
Remember, if you have any questions about restrictions or have any COVID-19 related enquiries, please call Service NSW on 13 77 88 or the National Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 020 080.
At this point in the pandemic it falls on all of us to continue to abide by the restrictions, wear masks, check-in to venues using the Service NSW QR code and social distance.