What is the politics behind New South Wales’ decision to hold back locking down?

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Last week, New South Wales ended its 40-day streak of no community transmission when a man who drove transport for international flight crew tested positive to coronavirus.

In the eight days since that case was confirmed, the cluster has grown to 49 cases and Sydney sits on the precipice of another lockdown.

This morning, it was revealed state Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall had tested positive to the virus after attending a pizza restaurant in Paddington sending other ministers and NSW Parliament employees into isolation.

While Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant have been roundly applauded for their handling of the pandemic, questions are being asked about the decision to not implement a snap lockdown to bring the outbreak under control.

Today on Please Explain, the editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, Lisa Davies, joins Nathanael Cooper to look at the politics behind these decisions, the economic impacts and how Sydney differs from Melbourne.

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