Amanda Keller cries on on-air over Sydney lockdown

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Amanda Keller opened up about how she was finding Sydney’s latest strict lockdown in an emotional segment on WSFM’s Jonesy & Amanda today.

The broadcaster and TV host repeatedly choked back tears as she pleaded for answers about when the current Covid lockdown would come to an end.

“I had a tough day yesterday … someone from Melbourne was telling me that week five was the hardest. I think that’s what we’re in now – week four, week five?” Keller began.

She said she had shed “a few tears” watching yesterday’s NSW press conference, announcing 110 new cases (today’s figure is even worse, with 124 new cases).

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“I feel weepy talking about it now … I could feel the difference in the energy of that press conference yesterday. People are frightened. People are frustrated. We’re told we’ll only come out of this when we’ve got 80 per cent vaccination – when’s that happening? That’s not soon,” she said.

“Our premier says, ‘I’m confident we’ll come out of this.’ When? What if we don’t? What is it?”

Keller became more emotional as she described the toll the lockdown had taken on her two sons.

“That’s what I was in tears about yesterday. I was thinking about everyone’s mental health … this is so hard. I’ve got a son who’s 20 – I want him, and everyone’s kids, to take a year and go travelling. Where’s Contiki for our kids! I’ve got a son in year 12 – he said to me yesterday, ‘Have I had my last day of school?’” she revealed, her voice breaking.

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“I’m an optimistic person, (but) I just feel, where’s the end? And what people are angry about this time as opposed to last year is, why are we in this position?”

Keller called the situation “emotionally and psychically hard,” as her co-host Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones tried to console her.

“No one has the answers, and that’s why this is hard. Look out for your neighbours, look out for your friends, because everyone’s having a hard time,” she concluded, her voice breaking.

There were 124 new locally acquired cases of coronavirus recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian warning the number of those people infectious in the community before being detected was still worryingly high.

Greater Sydney is due to end its lockdown on July 31, but that is looking increasingly unlikely.

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