Calls for face masks to be mandatory on NSW public transport
There are calls to make wearing face masks compulsory for people using public transport in NSW amid fears of more coronavirus clusters appearing in the state. The state saw 13 new cases diagnosed yesterday, and transport officials say anyone who uses a bus or train should wear a mask to control the spread.NSW already has more than 30 clusters, with 10 of those 13 cases linked to a Thai restaurant in Wetherill Park in Sydney's west, which has already seen 26 confirmed cases.
Residents from Greater Sydney are now locked out of Queensland after its border closed at 1am today.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk declared all of Sydney a COVID-19 hotspot on Wednesday, announcing the closure from the weekend to give Queenslanders time to get home.
"We are in extraordinary times at the moment and we have to do everything we can," Ms Palaszczuk said.
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© SHD News/Elise Derwin Residents from Greater Sydney are now locked out of Queensland after its border closed at 1am today
"Queenslanders should not be travelling to Sydney."
Returning Queenslanders will be required to undergo self-funded hotel quarantine for two weeks now that the new measures are in place.
Ahead of the border closures, the premier warned of border delays due to rigorous checks as 8000 travellers are expected to flood the state.
"There will be delays at the border so think about your travel plans and think about where you need to go and think about the timing of those journeys," Ms Palaszczuk said. Friday July 31: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed one new COVID-19 case was recorded in the state which believed to be locally acquired and connected to a Logan cluster.
"I'm not making any apologies for those delays because our police have a very important job to do and I want to thank everybody for the work that they are doing on our boarders to keep Queenslanders safe."
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Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said police were well prepared ahead of the influx.
"We are in a position to be able to process them very effectively," he said. © Nine The new border restrictions affecting Sydneysiders come into effect from this morning.
"Our borders are working and I've listened with interest to some of the suggestions that are coming out there around what we should consider and in terms of how we do our borders."
Yesterday NSW recorded 21 new cases of COVID-19, with just two in hotel quarantine.
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A clown, wearing a face shield, welcomes visitors at Tibidabo Amusement Park on the first day of its reopening in Barcelona, Spain, on July 4. The amusement park reopened for the first time since March 14 under strict sanitary security measures, including mandatory wearing of face masks, maintaining of social distancing between people or family units, following hand hygiene protocol and capacity restrictions with tickets booked in advance.
National Health Institute Director Francis S. Collins holds a model of a coronavirus, as he testifies at a Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on manufacturing a coronavirus vaccine, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., on July 2.
A Palestinian worker wearing a protective suit sprays disinfectant to sanitize a street in Hebron, West Bank, on June 28.
A social distancing sign warning of keeping two meters apart is seen in Porthcawl, Wales, on June 24.
Members of the police force wear protective masks as they join a yoga session to boost their immune systems in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on June 14.
Catholic worshipers, wearing protective face masks, attend a holy Corpus Christi-mass at the Almudena cathedral in Madrid, Spain, on June 14.
Personnel of the National Health Service perform Polymerase Chain Reaction(PCR) tests on the population to detect COVID-19 cases in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic, on June 13.
A worker sanitizes the railings surrounding the General Hospital's triage area for COIVD-19 patients in Mexico City, Mexico, on June 12.
A health worker takes a nasal swab sample during public testing conducted at a market in Bali, Indonesia, on June 12.
A firefighter sprays disinfectant as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 in a containment zone in Chennai, India, on June 11.
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Health workers from the city of Melgaço arrive at a small riverside community, where families live without electricity, to give medical care to its residents, in Brazil, on June 9.
A caretaker cleans the floor at the Durgiana Temple after the government eased a nationwide lockdown, in Amritsar, India, on June 7.
An officer enforces social distancing at the entrance of the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 7.
A man delivers bread to a woman at the Santa Cruz neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia, on June 6.
A traveler queues for check-in on an Air Austral flight to Paris, France, from Dzaoudzi–Pamandzi International Airport on the French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte on June 5, as measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 are maintained on Mayotte over concerns about the continued spread of the virus there.
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Officials of the ministry of health spray disinfectant at a market in Toamasina, Madagascar, on June 4.
An organ grinder waits for a delivery of donated groceries in Mexico City, Mexico, on June 4.
A man, wearing face mask, visits the Colosseum after it reopened after three months of closure due to the COVID-19 lockdown measures, in Rome, Italy, on June 1. The Parco archeologico del Colosseo and its monuments – the Colosseum, Palatine, Roman Forum and Domus Aurea – opened to the public on June 1 with access restrictions for visitors as Italy began relaxing the lockdown.
Local authorities interview residents at the Santa Cruz neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia, on June 1, during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
People are seen inside a movie theater during its reopening, in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 1, after the Thai government eased isolation measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
A nun from the Missionaries of Charity, wearing protective gloves and mask, prays in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on May 31, as Pope Francis leads the Regina Coeli prayer from his window for the first time since lockdown was imposed three months ago.
Japan Air Self-Defense Force's Blue Impulse aerobatic demonstration team makes a fly-past over the Self-Defense Forces Central Hospital in Tokyo's Setagaya district on May 29, in honor of medical workers, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Muslims pray spaced apart to help curb the spread of the coronavirus during a Friday prayer at the Al Barkah Grand Mosque in Bekasi, Indonesia, on May 29. Muslims in some parts of Indonesia attended Friday prayers as mosques closed by the coronavirus for weeks were allowed to start reopening in the world's most populous Muslim nation.
People sit in circles painted as guidelines for social distancing at the Domino Park in New York City, New York, U.S., on May 24.
Staff at Suleymaniye Mosque perform a morning prayer in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 24.
Empty chairs are placed for worshipers on Notre Dame de la Garde basilica's terrace before the first public mass after France eased lockdown measures, in Marseille, France, on May 24.
A worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) disinfects Jamaica market in Mexico City, Mexico, on May 23.
A worker disinfects an area of El Angel crematorium, in Lima, Peru, on May 21.
A railway official checks body temperature of a passenger before boarding a train at the Karachi Cantonment railway station in Pakistan on May 20, as train services resumed ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival after the government eased a nationwide lockdown.
A woman disinfects an employee before starting her shift at a leather goods factory in Bogota, Colombia, on May 19.
Healthcare workers acknowledge the applause as people thank them with a clapping tribute outside the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Madrid, Spain, on May 17.
A university graduate student receives a paper copy of her diploma from a neighbor, as they adhere to social distancing norms, at a surprise graduation party, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on May 17.
Men wearing protective overalls and masks clean the statue of St. Peter during the sanitation of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on May 15.
People wear protective masks as they watch a movie at a drive-in theater in Amenia, New York, U.S., on May 15.
A nurse points to a firefighter holding a "thank you" sign as she leaves at the end of her shift at a hospital in South San Francisco, California, U.S., on May 14.
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A girl wearing a face mask waits to enter the Disneyland amusement park in Shanghai, China, on May 11.
A Catholic priest gives holy communion to a woman at a drive-through system on Mother's Day, in Curitiba, Brazil, on May 10.
A railway staff checks the temperature of a migrant worker at a train terminus before he prepares to board a train for his journey back home during a nationwide lockdown, in Mumbai, India, on May 8.
People wear face masks and sit on designated seats on a metro car as a preventive measure, in Medellin, Colombia, on May 4.
A heart is projected on the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 3.
City workers fumigate a street to help contain the spread of coronavirus in La Paz, Bolivia, on April 2.
Municipal workers disinfect the streets to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Villa Nueva, Guatemala, on April 30.
Medics treating coronavirus patients ride in a bus on the way to their duty in Moscow, Russia, on April 29.
A woman stops to view a public art installation aimed at turning boarded-up shopfronts into works of art in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on April 28.
A man dressed as "Yamraj," the Hindu mythical angel of death, campaigns to raise awareness on the importance of staying home and maintaining social distancing during an event organised by the police in New Delhi, India, on April 28.
Members of Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency and Colombian Army distribute food and other items to families in the rural areas of Ubaque in Colombia on April 27.
A staff member, with a face mask on, trains dolphins at a conservation center in Bali, Indonesia on April 28.
Employees wearing face masks and shields style customers' hair at a salon in Tokyo, Japan, on April 28.
Decorated rocks with messages are offered at a child's stand in Lawrence, Kansas, U.S., on April 27.
People wearing face masks form a queue to enter an office building in Beijing, China, on April 28.
U.S. President Donald Trump attends a coronavirus response news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on April 27.
An electronic sign showing the exit for "Swim & Go" as swimmers and surfers return to the water at the Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, on April 28.
A 14-year-old celebrates her birthday with a drive-by party outside her home in Pico Rivera, California, U.S., on April 27.
Job seekers wear face masks and maintain social distance before an exam in Seoul, South Korea, on April 25.
A man plays the bagpipes at the front of his house during Anzac Day commemorations in the suburb of Glen Iris in Melbourne, Australia, on April 25. Traditional Anzac Day ceremonies were canceled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions on gatherings.
A passenger wearing a protective face mask is seen in a subway train passing in front of the Eiffel Tower, as the lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak continues, in Paris, France, on April 24.
Workers prepare lemons for packaging during harvest at the Costieragrumi De Riso, traditional lemon growing company, in Minori, Italy, on April 24.
Students sit for the Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) exams in Hong Kong on April 24. Temperature checks and social distancing measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19 have been put in place in the schools for over 50,000 candidates who will sit for the DSE examination this year.
An aerial view shows the Grand Mosque deserted on the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on April 24.
A staff member wearing a face shield talks to a bank teller at a counter where a plastic curtain is installed in order to prevent infections, at the Higashinakano branch of MUFG Bank in Tokyo, Japan, on April 24.
A woman wears a mask as she prays before sunrise under the light of a street lamp outside the closed St. George Church, at the start of the feast day of St. George, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 23.
Women wearing face masks ride past the Opera House in Hanoi, Vietnam, on April 23, as the country eased its nationwide social isolation effort taken to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
The screen of the Hard Rock Cafe is illuminated in blue as part of the "Light It Blue" initiative to honor healthcare workers in New York City, New York, U.S., on April 23.
A crew member of the Ruby Princess cruise liner gestures from a bus in Port Kembla, some 49.7 miles (80 kilometres) south of Sydney, Australia, on April 23, before beginning the process of repatriation to their home countries.
Citizens arrive at the Ankara airport in Turkey on April 23 after a Turkish Airlines plane evacuated 279, along with 50 German nationals with kinship ties stranded in Germany.
Medical personnel jump in the air in the COVID-19 unit of the CHR Centre Hospitalier Regional de la Citadelle Hospital in Liege, Belgium, on April 22.
A teacher gives instructions to students on how to wear a face mask at Escuela 30, a rural school that has resumed classes after a month, in San Jose, Uruguay, on April 22.
Notes and supplies are seen in a break room at the Red Lion Hotel, currently one of Downtown Emergency Service Center's temporary shelter locations to increase social distancing, in Renton, Washington, U.S., on April 22.
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) watches as Dr. Anthony Fauci heads to the podium to answer a question during the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on April 22.
A woman is seen in a protective suit as she waits to board a train heading to Shanghai, at Wuhan Railway Station in China on April 21.
A fireman sprays disinfectant at a gas pump in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 20.
A "Thank You" message is seen for medical workers on the windows of a building in New York City, New York, U.S., on April 20.
An anti-stay-at-home demonstrator holds a sign in Augusta, Maine, U.S., on April 20.
Healthcare workers clap and wave as Toronto Police and the city's frontline responders pay tribute to healthcare workers in Toronto, Canada on April 19.
A Glovo food delivery executive wearing a face mask walks past a deserted Puerta del Sol square during the lockdown in Madrid, Spain, on April 19.
A man dressed up as Batman gives a birthday cake to a child wearing face mask in front of his home, in Monterrey, Mexico on April 18.
Candles are lit in the shape of a giant cross in memory of coronavirus victims, in Zella-Mehlis, Germany, on April 17.
An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) wearing personal protective equipment walks out of the Cobble Hill Health Center nursing home during the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, U.S., on April 17.
A health worker rests her back against a wall at the Manuel Belgrano hospital, where medical professionals protest over the lack of protective equipment and demand tests after several of their colleagues got infected with COVID-19, in San Martin, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on April 17.
A worker wearing protective gear waves to a woman while using disinfectant to clean outside of the residences in Santiago, Chile, on April 15.
The statue of Christ the Redeemer is lit up with the image of a medical scrub and the word "Thank you" in different languages during an Easter Sunday event amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 12.
A policeman wearing a coronavirus helmet takes part with others in a procession to raise awareness about COVID-19 during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown in Chennai, India, on April 12.
Medical workers react to applause from firefighters, police and members of the public outside NYU Langone Hospital in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., on April 12.
Hand-drawn pictures of rainbows and messages are seen on a window, as the spread of the coronavirus disease continues, in Ripon, England, on April 11.
Visitors at Sydney Fish Market have their temperature checked before being allowed access, in Australia, on April 10.
Special Task Force (STF) personnel wearing protective gear spray disinfectant outside the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on April 10.
A woman wears a self-made protective body covering with built-in mask in Gdynia, Poland, on April 9.
People wearing face masks peek from windows of the Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital in Hubei province, China, on April 9.
A woman puts cloth face masks on a string to dry before distributing it for free in the neighborhood in Tangerang, Indonesia, on April 9.
Medical workers walk by a police robot at the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in China, after travel restrictions to leave the city were lifted, on April 8.
Employees of Harborview Medical Center pose for photos while accepting pizzas donated by basketball player and Seattle native Isaiah Thomas in Seattle, Washington, U.S., on April 7.
Travelers line up with their belongings outside the Hankou Railway Station after travel restrictions to leave Wuhan, China, were lifted, on April 8.
A city employee, wearing protective gear, poses for a photograph as he disinfects an area of Paseo de la Reforma avenue in Mexico City, Mexico, on April 6.
A healthcare worker wearing protective gear is seen during a test for the coronavirus (COVID-19) outside a stadium in Bogor, Indonesia, on April 7.
Municipal workers wearing protective suits spray disinfectant in Grozny, Russia, on April 6.
Staff members of a hospital carry candles and oil lamps to show solidarity with people who are affected by the coronavirus disease, and with doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers from all over the world during a 21-day nationwide lockdown, in Kolkata, India, on April 5.
A motorist rides through a disinfection tunnel during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against COVID-19, in Chennai, India, on April 5.
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