Australia New COVID restrictions imposed in Sydney
Melbourne's path out of COVID-19 restrictions was looking clear — then suddenly it wasn't
There was cause for optimism about Melbourne's coronavirus outbreak, but with the emergence of four new cases, things suddenly aren't so clear cut. Here's what we know.And until yesterday, the city's path out of further restrictions had been looking promising.
As Sydney's eastern suburbs COVID cluster climbs to nine cases, mask-wearing indoors is now mandatory in seven local council areas.
Anyone shopping, working in hospitality or indoors must wear a mask unless eating or drinking if they live in the local government areas of Randwick, Bayside, Botany Bay, Inner West, City of Sydney, Waverley and Woollahra.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Sunday the government would also extend compulsory mask-wearing on public transport in Greater Sydney until Thursday and expand the order to Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas.
Sydney COVID-19 cluster grows to nine
Residents ordered to mask up as Bondi cluster spreads into community.NSW has recorded two locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, one of which was announced yesterday morning.
Late on Sunday, NSW Health released a list of 27 new exposure sites including a North Face outlet in Drummoyne. More causal sites are in Drummoyne along with others at Castle Hill, Merrylands, central Sydney and Hurstville.
Greater Sydney and Blue Mountains residents have been told to avoid non-essential visits to aged care and disability facilities and if visiting must wear a mask with a limit of two visitors a day.
Two new local cases were reported in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday, one of which had been revealed by health authorities on Saturday. The other case is a close contact of the previously recorded case.
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Another two additional cases in the southern Sydney shire of Sutherland were recorded after the 8pm deadline. They are both close contacts of previously reported cases.
NSW COVID cluster's 'enormous' expansion sparks concern, but outbreak remains traced for now
Experts remain optimistic a COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney's eastern suburbs is contained, despite yesterday's "enormous" rise in case numbers that saw the Bondi cluster almost double in size. The number of locally acquired infections in NSW yesterday swelled to 21, after 10 new cases were recorded.Seven of those came in after the 8:00pm reporting deadline and will be officially included in today's numbers, which are set to be released at 11:00am EST.NSW Health has been continuously adding to the list of venues visited by infected people, which are mainly around Sydney.
Authorities are urging people to get tested with even slight symptoms and the premier warned the state was entering a critical period.
"The next few days are critical. We ask people not to be complacent. If cases continue to emerge we will need to go further. We are nowhere near having vaccinated the majority of our population yet," she said on Sunday.
The latest outbreak was sparked when an unvaccinated limousine driver, who transported overseas aircrew to and from the airport, tested positive last week to the highly transmissible Delta variant after visiting multiple venues, including the popular Bondi Junction shopping centre.
Four more Sydney LGAs will become "orange zones" from Monday under Victoria's border permit system, while South Australia has joined Queensland by imposing an immediate ban on travellers from the Waverley Council area.
The West Australian government, meanwhile, is setting up COVID-19 testing clinics at Perth Airport's domestic terminals from Sunday to enforce new conditions imposed on travellers from NSW.
What are the COVID-19 restrictions for the Greater Sydney lockdown? .
The NSW government has announced a strict lockdown for all of Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Wollongong.The NSW government has announced a strict lockdown for all of Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Wollongong from 6pm Saturday until midnight Friday, July 9.