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Sydney's south-west has Australia's lowest Covid vaccination rate with resident fed up with lockdown

Residents trapped inside Australia's Covid ground zero are fed up with the toughest restrictions anywhere in the country.

Sydney's south-west is the epicentre of the Delta outbreak, with pictures showing the frustration of only being allowed 5km from home and being forced to wear a face mask outside at all times as the Defence Force patrols the streets.

In Cabramatta, a white board expressed the mental anguish of many with the words: 'Lockdown is not working! Infection rates are high every day! Why are we still prisoner in our own homes?'

The Fairfield council area has also had Australia's highest number of coronavirus cases, with 952 recorded during the past four weeks in an area where three-quarters of people speak a language other than English at home.

In Cabramatta's main mall, a white board expressed the mental anguish of many with the words: 'Lockdown is not working! Infection rates are high every day! Why are we still prisoner in our own homes?'

The outer suburbs of Australia's biggest city are continuing to account for the vast majority of the new daily numbers, with New South Wales on Tuesday recording 199 new locally-acquired cases with 50 of them infectious in the community.

Sydney's south-west also have the state's lowest vaccination rate with just 33.1 per cent of those aged 16 and over having received a first dose, compared with the national average of 41 per cent as of August 1.

The proportion of fully-vaccinated people stood at just 14.6 per cent compared with 19.7 per cent nationally, federal Department of Health data showed. 

In the more affluent North Shore of Sydney, 51.9 per cent of people have had one dose of either AstraZeneca or Pfizer, with 26.9 per cent having had two jabs. 

People in Sydney's south-west are also more likely to work in services jobs like taxi driving, ride sharing or construction site labouring, which means they can't work from home.

Sydney's south-west also have the state's lowest vaccination rate with just 33.1 per cent of those aged 16 and over having received a first dose, compared with the national average of 41 per cent. These suburbs are the epicentre of the Delta outbreak, with pictures showing the frustration of only being allowed 5km from home and being forced to wear a face mask outside at all times as the Defence Force (pictured in Fairfield) patrols the streets

With daily case numbers stubbornly remaining in the triple digits, residents of the Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Parramatta, Blacktown, Campbelltown and Georges River council zones are banned from leaving their local government area for work unless they are employed in health, aged care or critical services.

The Reserve Bank of Australia is now expecting national gross domestic product to shrink in the September quarter, marking the first three months of contraction since the Covid recession of 2020.

'The economic outlook for the coming months is uncertain and depends upon the evolution of the health situation and the containment measures,' Governor Philip Lowe said.

'The recent outbreaks of the virus are, however, interrupting the recovery and GDP is expected to decline in the September quarter.'

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