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Australian man beats a policewoman who told him to move on while enforcing Sydney’s lockdown

This is the moment an Australia man brutally beat a female police officer in Sydney while she was enforcing the city’s strict lockdown rules. 

The man launched his attack in the suburb of Bankstown around midday Monday after the officers saw him standing in the street and asked him to move along. 

Under Sydney’s draconian rules, people must have a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave home and cannot loiter in public places.

The city is now in its 12th week of strict lockdown with patience in the strategy wearing thin, though state premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a road-map out of restrictions that will kick in when 70 per cent of adults are fully jabbed.

A man in a red hoodie can be seen violently kneeing a female police office in the head while a fellow female officer goes to her aid

Police were attempting to move on the man, who had been standing in the middle of Jacob Street Terrace, Bankstown just before midday on Monday

Police were attempting to move on the man, who had been standing in the middle of Jacob Street Terrace, Bankstown just before midday on Monday

After the 70 per cent target has been reached, pubs, shops, gyms, and restaurants will be allowed to reopen – though only for those with full vaccine protection.

More measures will then be eased after 80 per cent of people are fully jabbed.

Some measures also eased in the state starting from today, with groups of up to five double-jabbed people allowed to meet in public.  

Areas of New South Wales which have recorded zero Covid cases have also been allowed to reopen shops and other businesses. 

Police said a 43-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of attacking the two officers. 

Cops said he then attack a third male officer after being taken into custody.  

The male officer and the two female officers – all had to be taken to hospital for treatment.

‘Charges are expected to be laid and inquiries into the incident are continuing,’ NSW Police said. 

Sydney is now entering its 12th week in strict lockdown measures after Australia’s ‘zero Covid’ strategy failed to eradicate cases of the highly-infectious Delta variant.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has now all-but abandoned the strategy, and is instead linking the end of lockdown restrictions with the number of fully vaccinated people rather than the number of cases.

She has promised the state’s 8million residents that measures will begin easing when 70 per cent of people are fully vaccinated, a target that is expected to be hit in the middle of next month.

Around 46 per cent of eligible adults have so-far been fully jabbed.

But, Ms Berejiklian has warned, those who are not fully protected should not expect to be granted the same freedoms as those who are.  

‘For those of you who choose not to be vaccinated, that is your choice, but don’t expect to do everything that vaccinated people do,’ she said.

‘Our vaccination rates keep increasing, however there has been a slight slowdown. So we encourage everybody to come forward and get vaccinated.’

Some curbs were eased for fully vaccinated residents in Sydney from Monday. Five people will be allowed to meet outside while members from the same family in Sydney’s 12 hardest-hit suburbs can gather outside for two hours.

Australia is scrambling to control outbreaks of the highly infectious Delta variant of the novel coronavirus that began in Sydney in June and spread to Melbourne and Canberra, plunging nearly half the population of 25 million into lockdown. 

Other state capitals, however, have few or zero cases.

The steady rise in infections has turned up the heat on the federal government to procure emergency vaccine supplies. 

An additional 1 million doses of Moderna was bought from the European Union on Sunday while vaccine swap deals with Britain and Singapore were executed over the last two weeks.

Lieutenant General John Frewen, head of the federal government’s vaccination taskforce, said there would be enough vaccines from the middle of October to fully inoculate every eligible person. 

The COVID-19 vaccination drive was expanded on Monday to include around one million children aged 12-15.

Australian biotech company CSL, which locally produces the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, said a positive case was detected at its Melbourne facility but production would not be interrupted.

Australia’s total cases stand at around 75,300, including 1,098 deaths, although the mortality rate in the latest outbreak is lower than last year.

A total of 1,257 new cases were registered in New South Wales on Monday, while neighbouring Victoria reported 473 new infections, its biggest one-day rise for 2021.

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