An epidemiologist has revealed the two factors which will keep Greater Sydney locked down well beyond August 28.
South Australia epidemiologist Professor Adrian Esterman told the ABC yesterday’s announcement of a month-long lockdown extension might not be enough to secure freedom.
The first reason was the state’s ambitious vaccination target of 80 per cent of the population, or 10 million doses, which could pose a challenge to complete within the next four weeks.
And the second was the number of individuals who circulate within the community during their infectious period, a crucial number which has not fallen significantly despite weeks of restrictions.
“Unfortunately, no matter what target NSW sets, the lockdown is likely to go well into September,” Professor Esterman told the ABC.
Gladys Berejiklian confirmed a month-long extension on Wednesday.