Ben Fordham has lashed out over the NSW government’s handling of the ongoing Sydney lockdown – saying the “social and economic consequences” are now “eclipsing” the damage caused by the virus.
The 2GB breakfast radio host criticized Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian’s persistent position that the state will not reopen until community broadcasts are gone – which could take months at the pace of the decline the state is experiencing.
NSW recorded 78 new cases of Covid-19 overnight – but 27 were still in the community while infectious – a number that has remained stable for weeks.
“We are seeing very little change in the number of daily cases. They want us to focus on the number of infectious people in the community. We’re not really reducing that number, ”a frustrated Fordham told listeners on Tuesday.
“And yet the government believes that number must be close to zero before we can open. Get out. How are we going to get there?
“When do we start to show courage? At present, the social and economic consequences of these blockages eclipse the damage of the virus.
Ben Fordham has lashed out at the NSW government’s handling of the ongoing Sydney lockdown, saying “the social and economic consequences eclipse the damage from the virus”
The 2GB radio host criticized Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian’s persistent position that the state will not reopen until community transfers are gone.
Sydney is under its toughest restrictions since the pandemic began in March last year, even businesses cannot work until at least July 30.
Fordham says that while cases remain high, hospitalizations are low and the long-term effects of the lockdown will cause more problems than opening up and starting to consider living with it.
“We have the toughest restrictions of any state since the arrival of the coronavirus. The kids aren’t in school, the small businesses are on their knees, if you live in Fairfield, Liverpool or Canterbury you can’t leave the area to work unless you’re a licensed worker, ”said Fordham.
“And now, over a quarter of a million workers and construction workers are out of work. This has never happened anywhere in Australia. They didn’t even make it to Victoria, in their darkest days… It can’t go on.
During phase four of the lockdown in Victoria last year, which lasted 112 days, businesses were able to work throughout with reasonable and safe Covid practices in place.
Tradies cannot work in the Greater Sydney area, but neither can they travel to the New South Wales area.
“Locked in again, no end in sight, and I’m not suggesting for a moment that the coronavirus isn’t serious… but when do we as a society accept that it’s not going to go away? Can we really stay locked up until he is gone? ‘ said Fordham.
“The Prime Minister said a few months ago: ‘We have to learn to live with the virus’. But right now, we are destroying the lives of hundreds of thousands of people as we try to chase a number that we may never, ever reach.
“Why don’t we get a fair dinkum and work towards the Prime Minister’s goal of learning to live with the virus.”
Sydney is currently in its tightest restrictions since the pandemic began in March last year, even businesses cannot work in its current state
NSW recorded 78 new cases of Covid-19 overnight – but 27 were still in the community while infectious
Prime Minister Berejiklian announced the new figures on Tuesday as she warned residents of the local government areas of Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown and Fairfield that they could carry the virus even if they do not show symptoms.
She said more than two-thirds of the state’s new cases were still found in those three regions.
Authorities have also confirmed that a woman in her 50s died from Covid-19 in southwest Sydney; she is the mother of two movers who traveled to the NSW area while infected with the virus.
Of the 49 linked cases, 45 are family contacts and 4 are close contacts.
The 78 positive results within 24 hours to 8 p.m. Monday night came from 62,860 tests. NSW Health said 29 of the new infections were not yet linked to known cases.
The epidemic of infections that began in the eastern suburbs of Sydney on June 16 has now reached 1,418 infections.
Greater Sydney is undergoing its fourth week of strict home lockdown restrictions to slow the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.
“If you live in a community that has many cases, even if you don’t have any symptoms, don’t assume you don’t have the virus,” Ms. Berejiklian said.
“In communities where the virus is hiding, where the virus is circulating, you might have the virus, not know it and unfortunately take it home and give it to your loved ones.”