The mayor of a northern NSW town is pleading with residents to stay inside as she claims Covid-19 cases are doubling daily.
While NSW is closing in on 90 per cent of its eligible residents being fully vaccinated against coronavirus, Moree Plains is struggling.
With a population of just over 13,000, the area recorded a further 15 cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours up to 8pm Thursday, according to NSW Health.
It brings the total number of cases in the area to 60. About 60-70 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Mayor urges residents to stay home
In a statement on Thursday, Mayor Katrina Humphries said cases are “doubling daily” and warned people to stay indoors due to “dreadful infection rates”.
“We are requesting that we all stay at home wherever possible, work from home if possible, shut our shops and get off the streets,” Cr Humphries said.
“We need to take the pressure off our medical teams and try to take the sting out of this awful situation we are in. I call for this voluntary 'Get off the streets' to start as quickly as possible this evening, Thursday 4 November for review on Monday, 8 November 2021.
“Our Covid cases are doubling daily and there is a lack of QR coding information because some reckless people have not been following the health guidelines. There has been no directive - to date - from NSW Health and it is obvious to me that we have an enormous issue that is running rampant through our community.”
She urged people in the shire to get tested. Moree was also removed from the Queensland-NSW border bubble earlier this week due to rising cases.
Adam Marshall, the member for Northern Tablelands, who also caught Covid-19 earlier this year, told the ABC Moree is an example of what living with Covid-19 will look like.
"Everyone will eventually get Covid. It's not if, it's when,” he said.
Cr Humphries is less than impressed though. Moree Plains has a large Indigenous community and there were concerns flagged as vaccinations were rolled out for the population due to anxiety and messaging around them.
Bhiamie Williamson, a resident of Goodooga in northern NSW, told Time earlier this year it is “almost impossible” for residents of the town of about 250 people to get vaccinated.
“That’s made people quite angry because, you know, Aboriginal people were one of the highest priority to get vaccinated in Australia and it has not eventuate that way,” he told the publication.
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