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An epidemiologist has warned that NSW could see another increase in Covid-19 cases if the lockdown is lifted before the state hits a critical figure.
NSW confirmed 35 new cases on Monday, with only seven in the community during their infectious period.
As the number of people spending their infectious period in the community declines, University of Melbourne epidemiologist Professor Tony Blakely said that figure must be zero before Greater Sydney can safely exit the city. locking.
“For a lockdown to be successful, we really need to see the number of notified cases in the community go down to zero,” he told the ABC.
The two-week lockdown for Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour is expected to end at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 9.
However, Professor Blakely said lifting the lockdown while there were still infectious cases popping up in the community could see the epidemic “take off” once again.
“If we just open the restrictions at this point, they will just resumeâ¦ that’s exactly how the virus behaves,” he said, adding that it wasn’t just a risk for New Wales. South, but also for the rest of Australia.
He said if he were in the shoes of Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant he would be “a little worried” if the numbers did not drop.
On Monday, Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said the next few days would be “critical” to decide whether the lockdown ends on time, urging everyone to follow the restrictions.