Waleed Aly has questioned whether Gladys Berejiklian should plunge Sydney into a harder lockdown.
The Project panellists on Wednesday night discussed the NSW premier's decision to extend restrictions in the city until July 16 as it battles a nightmare outbreak of the Indian Delta Covid strain.
Meanwhile, Strategic Health Consultant Bill Bowtell joined the debate to blast NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard's suggestion Australia may need to learn to live with the virus, rather than pursuing a zero cases strategy.
The discussion came after Sydney recorded 27 new cases of the highly infectious Delta variant in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday, of which 14 were out in the community while infectious.
'Now that you’re living through this lockdown, I’m going to make you speak for everyone in Sydney. Do you think Sydneysiders would like to see something stricter now?' Waleed Aly asked fellow host Rachel Corbett.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The Project's Waleed Aly (pictured) asked fellow host Rachel Corbett whether Sydney should have gone into a stricter lockdown earlier
Ms Corbett, who lives in Sydney, said the government should have imposed harsher restrictions sooner to combat the Covid outbreak
'I can only speak for myself but I've always felt a bit on the wrong side of these people that are being spoken to,' she responded.
'I feel like we’re being treated like delicate flowers who couldn’t possibly deal with a lockdown when, in reality, we don’t want to go into a lockdown that continually gets extended because we’re hemming and hawing about where we should be.
'I think everybody understands we’re in the middle of a pandemic.
'If something is going wrong, shut us the hell down and get us back to normal as soon as you possibly can. I don’t think there’s anything unreasonable in that.
'I’ve always been a bit surprised at this hesitation about being very black-and-white in Sydney, because I get there’s pushback, but you have to take the pushback to get a better result.'
Ms Corbett's comments came after the show earlier welcomed Professor Bowtell to speak about the Covid situation in New South Wales.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The hosts brought up Minister Hazzard's comments suggestion NSW may have to learn to live with the Delta strain if residents do not abide by health authorities stay-at-home orders.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard (pictured) said residents may have to live with the