FACT-CHECK: The truth about NSW's COVID-19 lockdown & restrictions

Posted August 9, 2021 by Lincoln Holmes

It’s been over 1 month since Greater Sydney went into lockdown - and right now, more parts of NSW than ever before are under heavy restrictions.

 

Residents in Newcastle, the Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie, Armidale & Tamworth have all joined the long list of local government areas in lockdown, with COVID-19 cases again hitting new daily records.

 

It’s a concerning situation that has led to calls from some for tougher restrictions, especially in a number of suburbs that are listed as major hotspots by authorities. 

On Saturday, Health Minister Brad Hazzard told reporters NSW has the "toughest lockdown in the country."

 

But is his claim actually true?

 

For comparison, Victoria currently has a 5 kilometre limit for everyone in the state - NSW only has that for several LGAs.

 

Both Metro & Regional areas in Victoria have been under the same restrictions since Friday - NSW still has many areas out of lockdown.

Regional Victoria comes out of lockdown at 11:59pm AEST tonight.

 

If we take a look back to 2020, it’s clear Sydney has not had the toughest restrictions since the Pandemic began either.

 

The 1 year anniversary of Melbourne’s night time curfew just happened - something no other city or state in Australia has ever had.

South Australia also had tough restrictions in November last year, which included just 1 person per household allowed to leave the home to access groceries & a ban on outdoor exercise.

 

The so-called 'theatre' behind NSW’s daily COVID-19 updates has also come into the spotlight, with some social media users & journalists noticing that Premier Gladys Berejiklian has not been announcing new deaths - instead leaving that to Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant.

 

The claim that almost 50% of eligible people in NSW have been fully vaccinated has also been disputed - with the ABC’s Casey Briggs reporting it’s only 44.7%.

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