The Project's Lisa Wilkinson questions latest Covid outbreak

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The Project hosts Waleed Aly and Lisa Wilkinson have pointed out an 'interesting' detail about the last few Covid outbreaks in Australia, as NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced snap restrictions for Greater Sydney and surrounds, after new locally acquired cases this week.

During Thursday night’s episode of The Project, Waleed Aly said: “Here we are again. The Mother’s Day thing is interesting."

"Indoor is the main issue with COVID," he continued. 

"We know that from experience. And the weather in Sydney over the weekend is meant to be wet, which means Mother’s Day will probably be inside. Which does increase the risk. It’s not a great situation.”

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That's when Lisa pointed out that many of the last outbreaks around the country seemed to coincide with public holidays or long weekends. 

The Project hosts Waleed Aly and Lisa Wilkinson
The Project hosts discussed an 'interesting' detail about the last few coronavirus outbreaks. Photo: Channel 10

“The other thing with this virus, what is it about outbreaks and public holidays?” she questioned.

“We got Mother’s Day coming up, Christmas was a disaster in Sydney... Anzac Day in Perth, Easter we had a problem, Valentine’s Day... with all those restaurants in Melbourne got closed down."

Lisa Wilkinson on the project
Lisa Wilkinson said the 'timing' of the outbreaks was interesting. Photo: Channel 10

A second person tested positive for coronavirus in Sydney on Thursday, the wife of a man in his 50s who tested positive on Wednesday.

In an effort to halt the spread of coronavirus, Ms Berejiklian has announced a number of new restrictions for Greater Sydney, including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains, in effect from 5pm today.

While acknowledging it was Mother's Day on Sunday, the premier said for the next three days people could only welcome a maximum of 20 people into their home.

"We know that transmission in the family home is a high risk," she said during a press conference on Thursday.

"I appreciate that it's Mother's Day but we also appreciate that 20 people within the home is manageable for people to celebrate that important day."

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