Premier Dan Andrews called for 'ring of steel around Sydney' to stop spread
He rejected calls to provide extra vaccines to NSW despite ongoing outbreak
Sydney residents hit out at Andrews' call, saying his strategy wouldn't work now
Sydney outbreak began with a more transmissible strain than Melbourne faced
NSW announced 136 cases on Friday, based on the 24 hours to 8pm Thursday
Victoria recorded 14 new local coronavirus cases on Friday morning, July 23
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Sydneysiders have hit out at Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews after he called for a 'ring of steel' to surround the city - as he refused to share more vaccines with New South Wales despite its surging coronavirus outbreak.
Mr Andrews on Friday called for even tougher lockdown restrictions in the Harbour City as he rejected his NSW counterpart Gladys Berejiklian's request to send part of his state's vaccine allocation to his northern neighbour.
'On behalf of all Victorians, I am saying there is a national responsibility to put a ring of steel around Sydney,' he said. 'Just as we did [in Melbourne] last year.'
Victoria recorded 14 new local Covid-19 cases on Friday, but NSW recorded another 136 infections as the highly-contagious Delta variant spreads rapidly through Sydney's west.
Locked-down Sydney residents though pointed out even the draconian restrictions Mr Andrews imposed last year to slow Melbourne's second wave of cases would have struggled to contain the new strain.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejikilian vowed not to restrict outdoor exercise in Sydney or impose curfews as her Victorian counterpart called for a 'ring of steel' around Australia's most populated city
Premier Andrews recognised his counterpart in NSW labelling the outbreak a 'national emergency', saying there is a 'national responsibility that Sydneysiders are locked into Sydney'
'Fact is if it was Delta in Melbourne 2020, no matter what was thrown at it they never get back to zero,' one Twitter user said.
'F*** your "ring of steel" Dan Andrews,' another wrote.
'We don’t want more cops. We don’t want troops. We can’t police our way out of the pandemic.''
Another Twitter user said the Victorian government was responsible for its latest outbreak after allowing three removalists from Covid-hit Sydney - two of whom were infected with the virus - into the state.
'Blaming NSW for not having a ring of steel but [Mr Andrews] failed to acknowledged that the ring of steel didn't matter because his government allowed a removalist and his family in,' the social media user said.
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