Sumary of 'We are all concerned': Fear grows in regional NSW as Delta strain spreads beyond Greater Sydney:
- The decision to put the regional centre of Orange and the nearby towns of Blayney and Cabonne into a seven-day snap lockdown highlights the growing concern among NSW health officials that the fast-spreading Delta strain of COVID-19 has escaped the cordon around Greater Sydney.
- At yesterday’s media conference, NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant gave a sense of how seriously the news was being taken .
- The Blayney factory worker caught the virus from a truck driver who delivered goods from Sydney on Friday and Saturday last week.
- Making matters worse, it has emerged that the Sydney truck driver made a number of stop-offs in Orange, visiting a petrol station, a Woolworths supermarket, a Pizza Hut restaurant, an Officeworks store and a shopping centre.
- New modelling reveals possible date for end to Sydney lockdownNew modelling adds weight to the view that while NSW’s harder lockdown was the right move, a drop in cases won’t be seen until September.
- Read moreDeputy Premier John Barilaro said the lesson to be learned from how quickly the Delta strain was spreading in Sydney was to lockdown immediately, hard and fast.
- “This is tough but it’s appropriate, and if we go hard, fast, and local as we’ve done this time, we’ll be out of this lockdown quite quickly,” Mr Barilaro said.
- There are also concerns about the Illawarra region south of Sydney after a third person tested positive.