Sydney’s 107-day lockdown limo driver breaks his silence

The limo driver who inadvertently became patient zero for Sydney’s 107-day lockdown last year has finally broken his silence.

64 year old grandfather Michel Podgoetsky opened up about his wife’s anxiety and huge toll after becoming the infamous ‘limousine driver’.

“We couldn’t deal with the stress,” Michael told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Michael also said that after the lockdown was called someone crashed into his car and a neighbor phoned him saying they were going to ‘tell everyone your name because you destroyed NSW’.

Michael was cleared by police after being branded by some media publications and many members of the general public as public enemy number one.

“Looking back, I believe I was cheated and treated like a criminal.

“My wife was upset.

After growing up in the Soviet Union, limo driver Michael said he was extremely grateful for his life in Australia.

“Living in this country is like winning the lottery,” he said.

Michael has been extremely reclusive since the incident (and fair enough, TBH) having only accepted invitations for a small number of interviews.

Until today, a Current Affair was one of the only media networks to speak to the limo driver in June 2021.

Since Sydney’s three and a half month lockdown last year, COVID is still present in the community.

Two new COVID-19 strains are expected to take over as the dominant variants in NSW and their names are BA.4 and BA.5 strains. We agree these aren’t the catchiest names around, but here’s why they still matter.

“It is expected that in the coming weeks the BA.4 and BA.5 sublines, first identified in early April, will become the dominant strains,” a spokesperson for NSW Health said according to the ABC. .

NSW Health also believes that these new strains “will likely be associated with increased infections”.

Fun times! *Sigh*.

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