Chief health advisor Dr Kerry Chant says a three-day lockdown ‘won’t work’ amid Covid outbreak

Why a three-day lockdown WON’T work in Sydney as chief health advisor says short shutdowns don’t help with contact tracing and growing Covid numbers

  • Sydney has recorded 11 new cases overnight, including six since 8pm cut-off
  • Are now 36 cases linked to the state’s latest highly-contagious Delta outbreak
  • Queensland, Victoria, WA and SA have slammed their borders shut to Sydney 
  • Dr Kerry Chant said a snap three-day lockdown won’t work to contain outbreak 

New South Wales’ chief health adviser Dr Kerry Chant says a three-day lockdown for Sydney will not work as the highly-contagious Delta Covid strain spreads across the city.

The state recorded 11 new local cases overnight, which includes six identified since 8pm and five unreported infections from Wednesday’s figures.

There are now 36 cases linked to the Bondi cluster, which has forced Premier Gladys Berejiklian to impose widespread restrictions to slow the spread of the virus.  

Dr Chant said health officials will not be implementing a snap lockdown because they are confident contact tracers can establish identified links of transmission.

‘Three days is not long enough. If you have a look at the reasons for the three days, it is a pause where you are,’ Dr Chant told reporters on Thursday.

‘You have a sudden surge of cases and you want everybody to stay in the same place, and that allows you to get any backlog of any contact tracing.

‘We are not that situation where we are not getting to people in terms of the contact tracing.’

More to come. 


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