15 August 2021

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant has begged people to stop visiting family and friends as hundreds of extra police begin patrolling streets from Monday in an unprecedented effort to slow rising COVID-19 case numbers.

Dr Chant delivered one of her most sober messages of the pandemic on Sunday as NSW recorded 415 new cases, starkly warning: “I cannot describe my concern level if we do not drive these cases down.”

Karen Stiles, executive officer of the Owners Corporation Network, said her organisation had been asking the NSW government for 18 months for clear COVID-19 rules around strata buildings.

“There are no strata-specific guidelines — the government only looks at free-standing houses not vertical cruise ships with 500 or 700 people living in them,” Ms Stiles said.

“We have had people waking up to noise, and they discover there are people outside in HAZMAT suits and that’s the first they knew of a COVID case in their building,” Ms Stiles said.

Ms Stiles said the only measure the government had implemented was mandatory masks on common property.

Sydney Morning Herald
Alexandra Smith