Australia Most Sydney virus restrictions extended
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Most current coronavirus-related restrictions across Greater Sydney will be extended for another week despite no new local cases of the virus.
NSW recorded zero new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday from more than 18,000 tests.
There were an additional six cases in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
NSW Health says it remains unsure how an infected east Sydney man caught the virus, which shared the same genomic sequencing as a returned traveller from the US in quarantine.
New South Wales records one new Covid case as state reveals new rules
Face masks will be mandatory indoors and dancing will be banned across Sydney this weekend after a husband and wife in Sydney's eastern suburbs tested positive to Covid.The man's test result, which was announced on Wednesday, sent shockwaves through the city because he had not returned from overseas, does not work in border control, health care or at a quarantine facility.
The man aged in his 50s subsequently infected his wife but no other close contacts to date.
As a result, the NSW government has extended its current COVID-19 restrictions for another week, except for mask usage in retail settings.
Retail customers are no longer obliged to wear masks but staff must do so.
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Household gatherings remain capped at 20 people, mask usage remains mandatory on public transport and indoor venues such as theatres and aged care homes, and singing and dancing remains mostly banned.
Hospitality patrons are still not permitted to drink while standing.
"NSW Health thanks the community for their strong response to calls for testing and continue to urge everyone in NSW with even the mildest symptoms – such as cough, headache, fatigue, sore throat or runny nose – to come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until you receive a negative result," Dr Stephen Conaty said in a statement on Sunday.
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The B.1.617 strain was identified in the subcontinent in October, with two key mutations to the outer-spike protein that helps the virus bind and enter cells. The couple have the second of three subvariants known as B.1.617.2. Scientists are not yet sure if the strain is more infectious or more deadly than original Covid, but many fear it probably is. © Provided by Daily Mail ( University of Sydney virologist Megan Steain told the Sydney Morning Herald: 'The rate at which [the variant] seems to be spreading in India suggests that it may be transmitted more efficiently than earlier variants of the virus.
"High testing rates are vital for detecting any unidentified chains of transmission in the community."
One COVID-19 patient in NSW is currently in intensive care and on a ventilator.
Almost 780,000 vaccinations in total have been administered in NSW, which includes those overseen by the Commonwealth.
Sydneysiders were this week urged to wear masks and adhere to other restrictions without cancelling their Mother's Day plans.
Liquor and Gaming NSW on Saturday also urged businesses to do the right thing over the weekend, with compliance officers out in force on Sunday.
Businesses can be fined up to $5000 and forced to shut their doors for defying COVID rules, including the requirement all patrons check in.
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