‘Not a trend’: Dr Chant dismisses suggestions NSW COVID crisis has peaked

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant has rubbished suggestions the state’s COVID-19 outbreak has peaked, declaring a one day decrease in case numbers was “not a trend”.

753 new locally acquired cases were recording in the 24 hours up to 8pm on Monday, down from the 818 cases on the previous reporting period, sparking hope the state was flattening the curve.

However, Dr Chant said the battle to contain the coronavirus was far from over, suggesting NSW had yet to see the impact of high vaccination rates on transmission within the state.

“One day is not a trend … we’re here for the long course,” she said.

“I would love to believe that we’re on the trend down – that would just give me joy.

“I’m actually not expecting to see the impact of the vaccine … the impact of vaccination takes a while.

“It takes at least two to three weeks for vaccines to work; the impact on transmission will not appear for two to three weeks.

“We’re obviously seeing some impact from vaccines that were given two to three weeks ago … but this big push in southwestern Sydney, we’re not expecting to see the impact of that until mid-September.

“That is why it is so critical that we work so hard and now as a community.”