NSW Health ‘reviewing’ City of Sydney local government area daily as COVID-19 cases rise

NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty said health authorities continue to monitor the City of Sydney amid an increase of COVID-19 infections after being quizzed as to why it has not yet been declared high-risk.

NSW Health says it is reviewing the number of COVID-19 cases identified in Greater Sydney local government areas daily as unrest increases among communities in western and southwestern subject to harsher restrictions.

The state saw a further drop in daily numbers on Tuesday, recording 1,127 local COVID-19 cases and two deaths.

NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty announced the infections at the state’s revised daily coronavirus update where he warned it is still “too early to know if we’re flattening the curve”.

He said the vast majority of new cases continue to be recorded in southwestern and Western Sydney but noted the virus has continued to spread throughout other parts of Greater Sydney, including the City of Sydney local government area.

To 8pm on Monday, 148 of the new infections were from the Sydney LHD, prompting questions from reporters about why the area has not been classified as an LGA of concern.

They also referred to the uptick in infections in Redfern and Waterloo. 

“We look at this on a daily basis and the team that looks at numbers of cases and other factors such as immunisation, movements in the communities and so on,” Dr McAnulty said.

“That’s on a daily review and that could change at any time so I’ll leave that to the team who’s doing that to make those assessments, but certainly it’s very much based on health need to declare a place.”

Under the current public health orders, 12 LGAs have been declared high-risk and are subject to harsher restrictions, including a 9pm to 5am curfew.

The LGAs of concern are Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta and Strathfield.

Certain suburbs of Penrith have also been flagged, including Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys.

Dr McAnulty was further quizzed on what “triggers” would prompt health authorities to open up the 12 LGAs.

“So there are a range of factors and I can’t tell you all of them because  I’m not in that our particular team is looking at that … but it’s essentially the numbers of cases, the trajectories, immunisation rates, levels of movement within those LGAs based on transport and other data there [is],” he said.

“So it’s a whole bunch of stuff that goes in there to get a sense of whether or not there’s trajectory going up and whether additional measures [are needed].”

Dr McAnulty again stressed those factors were reviewed by health authorities on a daily basis.

It comes amid a pushback from a local mayor who ask Premier Gladys Berejiklian to end the curfew and ease restrictions in line with the rest of Greater Sydney when vaccine thresholds are met next month.

Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour confirmed the Premier had agreed to meet with him and other leaders of the LGAs on Tuesday after “weeks” of trying to orchestrate a meeting.

“We want to see an end to this curfew, that’s one of the main things I’ll be discussing, along with making sure that when we do come out of lockdown, that we’re treated the same as everyone else, that we’re given the same freedoms at the same time,” he told Sky News Australia ahead of the meeting.

In an update to Facebook on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Asfour said the meeting was ” an open and frank conversation about the issues affecting hotspot LGAs”.

“I raised a number of issues on behalf of my community from pool closures, to business anger over check ins and curfews,” he said.


“The meeting got quite heated when the issue of people being discriminated against because of the area they live in was raised.”

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