Australia Masks now mandatory on Sydney public transport after new COVID-19 case

12:26  18 june  2021
12:26  18 june  2021 Source:   9news.com.au

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Face masks will be mandatory on public transport in Sydney for at least five days, as the state scrambles to prevent the Eastern suburbs cluster from growing. The announcement of the mandate came as the state recorded another locally acquired case , a man in his 50s The mask mandate will remain in place in Sydney until Wednesday 23 June, but does not extend to the Central Coast, Illawarra or the Wollongong areas. The new case is the second person thought to have been infected by only ‘fleeting contact’ with an infectious person, after a woman in her 70s tested positive on Thursday for

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Masks are now mandatory on public transport in Sydney for the next five days after a new local COVID-19 case was linked to the cluster in the city's east.

The new case is a man, aged in his 50s, who attended Myer at Westfield Bondi Junction and had "a very fleeting contact" with an infected limousine driver, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

The mask requirement for public transport began at 4pm today.

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Ms Berejiklian said the mask change was the only new compulsory coronavirus restriction in Sydney.

"Some people might be at work, doesn't take much to get a mask," she said.

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Face coverings are still mandatory on public transport , in places of worship, gaming rooms, hairdressing and beauty salons in Greater Sydney (which includes Wollongong, the Central Coast and Blue Mountains). Hospitality workers are also still required to wear masks . ) The change comes after NSW yesterday recorded its 11th day straight of no new locally-acquired COVID - 19 cases . It also comes almost four weeks after the NSW Government answered long-held calls by some health experts for masks to become mandatory . The rule first came into effect on January 2 for certain settings

"Please make sure you do that and follow the other advice we have given you this morning, especially in and around the Eastern Suburbs.

"For the next five days, we want everybody to wear masks on public transport to make sure that if the virus is circulating it doesn't spread on public transport.

"In relation to people who are currently deemed to be casual contacts, if you attended a venue which is on the health list, we strongly recommend that you don't go away anywhere.

"If you go to an indoor venue you wear a mask, whether it is a cinema, hospitality or front-line hospitality workers.

"It is not compulsory but we are recommending that especially if you cannot guarantee social distancing."

The new advice from NSW Health for Sydney and Blue Mountains includes:

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Mandatory masks came into effect at midnight on Saturday for indoor venues. NSW Health recorded seven COVID - 19 cases , one of which is under investigation. The Premier also announced several venue types will have reduced capacity. Five of Saturday's cases are from western and south-western Sydney and linked to the Berala cluster, which now stands at seven. Another is a household contact of a previously reported case, a patient transport worker, and was isolating for their infectious period.

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  • Avoid non-essential visits to aged care and disability facilities, but if visiting, wear a mask and limit visits to two people per day
  • Masks will be mandatory on public transport from 4pm today
  • Masks are strongly encouraged in all public indoor venues, such as retail, theatres, hospitals, aged care facilities and for front-of-house hospitality staff.

New venues on alert after case

The new coronavirus case in Sydney visited venues all over Sydney, including Redfern, Newtown, Bondi Junction and Campbelltown.

The man caught a train from Bondi Junction to Campbelltown, and was also on a train from Newtown to Bondi Junction.

The new venues include:

  • Campbelltown: The Alkalizer, Campbelltown Council Building, 91 Queen Street, Tuesday 15 June, 9am to 10am
  • Newtown: Adora Handmade Chocolates, 2/325 King Street, Sunday 13 June, 2pm to 3.30pm
  • North Sydney: Greenwood Grocer, Greenwood Plaza Lower Level, 71/36 Blue Street, Tuesday 15 June, 5pm to 5.20pm
  • Redfern: The Twisted Olive, 684 Bourke Street - Sunday 13 June, 12.20pm to 1.30pm

Cafe case's close contacts negative

Yesterday's previously reported case who caught the virus from the Belle Café in Vaucluse has been matched via genomic sequencing to the limousine driver who sparked the outbreak.

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"This indicates that the initial case was highly infectious, as transmission must have occurred through fleeting exposure," Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said.

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"The infection at the cafe was seated outside.

"Obviously we cannot rule out that there was some crossover when they were ordering or other things."

The "next ring" of close contacts of a coronavirus-infected woman who caught the disease at a Vaucluse café have tested negative.

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"If we see those next ring is becoming positive before we get to them, that raises a concern because it means we are chasing our tails," Dr Chant said.

"That is an indicator of risk."

Casual or close contacts of coronavirus cases in Sydney have been asked not to go to aged care facilities or hospitals unless there is a risk assessment done.

CCTV investigation

Health authorities are sorting through CCTV at Myer in Westfield Bondi Junction to see how the infected limousine driver passed on the virus to another man.

"At the moment they have placed him in the same floor in the same section of Myer," Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said.

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"They have asked for further CCTV footage to see if there is inadvertent passing.

"At the moment we don't know the nature of the contact."

She noted the Delta strain of the coronavirus, which the driver has, is more infectious than most coronavirus variants.

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a store front at night: The man who has tested positive to COVID-19 had previously visited Myer. © Nine The man who has tested positive to COVID-19 had previously visited Myer.

Limo driver helping authorities

NSW authorities are "deeply grateful" for the cooperation of a limousine driver who has sparked a coronavirus outbreak in Sydney.

Ms Berejiklian dismissed questions about whether the driver had not been regularly swabbed or was wearing a mask.

"There is no point dealing in speculation. In a pandemic, if you deal with speculation you get in trouble. We deal with the facts," she said.

"As soon as we get an update from the police for what did or didn't happen or what should or shouldn't have happened we will react accordingly."

Mystery case still under investigation

An expert panel has been unable to determine if the possible infection in a Baulkham Hills man, aged in his 40s, announced yesterday is a false positive, historic infection or a new case.

As a consequence, his close contacts have been placed into isolation.

"Pleasingly, none of his close contacts today have tested positive," Ms Berejiklian said.

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"But through an abundance of caution we are including that in today's numbers."

That man's movements, including travel to Canberra, triggered the release of a number of possible exposure sites.

Plea over mass gatherings

Ms Berejiklian urged residents in Sydney's eastern suburbs to avoid mass gatherings.

"We know the virus has the potential to have been circulating in eastern Sydney in particular.

"Unless you absolutely have to, our strong preference is that you do not engage in any activity."

COVID-19 sewage detection

Fragments of coronavirus have been detected at a sewage pumping station in Camellia near Parramatta.

The sewage station catchment involves 109,600 people and covers suburbs including Camellia, Harris Park, Granville, South Granville, Mays Hill, Merrylands, Merrylands West, North Parramatta, Parramatta, South Wentworthville, Westmead, Guildford West, Sydney Olympic Park, Newington, Holroyd, Clyde, Auburn, Old Guildford, Guildford, Silverwater, Rosehill and Rydalmere.

"People who have recently recovered from COVID-19 may continue to shed virus fragments into the wastewater system for several weeks after they are no longer infectious," NSW Health said in a statement.

"A number of people in these catchments have recently been released from hotel quarantine after recovering from COVID-19."

But people in the area have been urged to be "especially vigilant" for any cold-like symptoms.

Premier's vaccine hope

Ms Berejiklian said the state cannot consider a return to "COVID normality" until at least 80 per cent of adults are vaccinated.

"I think we need to be far more ambitious about how we vaccinate our population, how quickly we think about opening up," she said.

"Otherwise we will get left behind."

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