A lockdown to stop Omicron in New South Wales would simply have delayed the surge of Covid cases that have ripped through the state in recent weeks, according to one of Australia’s most eminent disease experts.
Resisting calls from doomsayers who demanded millions be locked in their homes yet again may even have paid off, with global health chiefs saying it’s now ‘endgame’ for the pandemic as case rates and hospital numbers stabilise.
The state recorded 15,091 cases on Monday, its lowest tally recorded so far in 2022, and a 48.9 per cent drop since the same time last week – all without closing businesses and ruining the summer holidays.
Experts say Victoria, the ACT and South Australia have also passed their peak while daily infections in Queensland continue to drop, again without locking down.
As the World Health Organisation declared Europe is moving towards ‘a kind of pandemic endgame,’ a host of infectious disease experts believe the worst of the outbreak in Australia is also…