A schoolboy has been praised for pointing out Covid is going to 'spread a lot' in Sydney after the city was forced to extend lockdown due to the vulnerability of the largely unvaccinated Australian population.
The young boy was asked on the Today show on Tuesday whether he believed Sydneysiders were taking lockdown seriously.
'There were a lot of people at Bondi, and no one was social distancing, so I think the cases are going to be spreading a lot,' he told reporter Lara Vella.
New South Wales state health minister Brad Hazzard said the lockdown would be extended until midnight on July 16 'because we haven't been able to get the vaccine that we need'.
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A schoolboy (pictured) has been praised for pointing out Covid is going to 'spread a lot' in Sydney after the city was forced to extend lockdown due to the vulnerability of the largely unvaccinated Australian population
Australia is also trailing behind Latvia, Turkey, Mexico and Colombia and even New Zealand, which only uses the Pfizer jab.
The slow roll out has heightened fears the highly contagious delta variant could quickly spread beyond control.
State premier Gladys Berejiklian said lockdowns will no longer be necessary when the majority of Australians are vaccinated, but after a disappointingly slow jab roll out, it is not clear when this will be.
She said the decision to extend the lockdown was made on health advice after a rise in cases, adding 'we extended the lockdown to give us the best chance of not having another lockdown.'
Officials said 27 new infections of the delta variant were reported in the latest 24-hour period, but only 13 of those were in isolation while infectious.
There are 37 Covid-19 cases in Sydney hospitals. Of those, seven are in intensive care, the youngest aged in their 30s.
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Footage of the boy's interview was shared on social media with many praising the young Australian for his observation.
'Thanks for your advice little man!' one person commented.
'I may not be able to buy that kid a beer. But I sure f*****g want to!' another added.
'This is why all planning and policy meetings need children to sit in so they can point out the bleeding obvious,' a third said.
The words of wisdom come as NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Wednesday confirmed Greater Sydney would remain under stay-at-home orders for another week.
Fourteen of the new cases were in the community while infectious, prompting Ms Berejiklian to declare the lockdown for Greater Sydney, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Blue Mountains and the Central Coast will now end at midnight on July 16, rather than Friday.
'This decision wasn't taken lightly,' she told reporters on Wednesday.
'This Delta strain is a game-changer - it is extremely transmissible and more contagious than any other form of the virus that we've seen.'
'The reason why the NSW government has taken this position is because we don't want to be in a situation where we are constantly having to move between lockdown, no lockdown, lockdown, no lockdown.
'That is not a way to live and we want to give our citizens the best chance of staying safe and healthy but also making sure our businesses survive and thrive moving forward until the vaccination period is upon us.'
Most of the new cases were recorded in Sydney's west, as the so-called Bondi cluster shifts from the city's eastern suburbs. Pictured: People line up at a mass vaccination hub on Wednesday
The latest shutdown, which covers Australia's largest city and some nearby communities, means most children will not return to school next week following their mid-year break.