Covid NSW: Premier reveals ‘really important’ detail in path out of lockdown

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Premier Gladys Berejikian has pleaded with NSW residents to get vaccinated as the state recorded more than 200 cases of COVID-19 for the third consecutive day.

NSW has reported 207 new cases of community-transmitted coronavirus as a man in his 90s died of the virus at Liverpool Hospital.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant at a press conference to provide a COVID-19 update in Sydney, Friday, July 23, 2021. Source: AAP
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged people to make sure they get vaccinated this month. Source: AAP

August is the month to get vaccinated, Premier says

The Premier warned the main form of transmission remains workplaces and also households.

“That is being consistent and that is what we are trying to break the back of moving forward,” she told reporters on Monday.

Ms Berejiklian again highlighted vaccinations as the path out of lockdown.

“Can I stress that August is the month where we all should come forward and get vaccinated," she said.

"It will be a combination of seeing where the case numbers are in a month's time as well as the rate of vaccination that determines what August 29 looks like. 

"I have been saying for some months that 80 per cent of the adult population vaccinated would get us freedoms beyond no more lock downs.”

National cabinet agreed last week on a target of having at least 70 per cent of the Australian population vaccinated.

Hundreds of troops join police on Sydney's streets 

Hundreds of Australian Defence Force personnel will be deployed across Sydney's west and south west from today to help enforce tighter controls, as authorities grapple to contain the growing Covid-19 outbreak.

Around 300 troops will be joining police with compliance checks from this morning, ensuring close contacts of confirmed cases are following the rules and isolating at home.

The highly-visible presence comes after penalties for breaking lockdown rules around masks increased from $200 to $500 for not complying with health orders.

Police have also been handed greater powers to close down business, construction sites and other premises not complying with health orders.

Australian Defence Force personnel and NSW police are seen at Fairfield in the south west suburb of Sydney, Monday, August 2, 2021. 300 ADF troops will reinforce the efforts of police, patrolling and door-knocking to ensure people are complying with coronavirus restrictions. Source: AAP
300 ADF troops will reinforce the efforts of police, patrolling and door-knocking in southwestern Sydney. Source: AAP

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