NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller is set to lead a crackdown on the Greater Sydney lockdown in a desperate attempt to control the state’s spiraling Covid-19 numbers.
Mr Fuller took control of NSW’s Covid response as the State’s Emergency Operations Controller, a role previously held by Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys.
Some of the major changes expected to be made over the next few days include a “big overhaul” of the single bubble, banning people from going to their second homes, such as a beach house, and rolling out more. ADF personnel to help the police of the new orders.
Police hope the changes will fill in the loopholes that some Sydney residents have used to escape the lockdown, which has endangered many parts of the state.
The move came after Mr Fuller and Police Minister David Elliott informed the NSW cabinet of the crisis on Wednesday afternoon as NSW Police gave 48 hours to reshuffle public health orders with their legal team and get the state back on track.
It comes as NSW recorded its second-highest number of daily cases since the start of the last outbreak, with 344 new infections recorded on Wednesday.
Two new regional areas were blocked yesterday, with Dubbo and parts of northwest New South Wales hit with week-long stay-at-home orders.
They join other regional areas on lockdown including Armidale, Newcastle and Hunter regions, Northern Rivers and Tamworth.