Australia Queensland declares ALL of Sydney a coronavirus hotspot
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Four local cases of coronavirus have been reported in NSW and state leaders are responding.Three cases have been detected in Bondi, including a man who works as a hire car driver transporting international flight crews.
All of Greater Sydney has been declared ahotspot by the government, as in increasing number of states look to restrict NSW travellers.
This includes the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour, leaving millions trapped out of the Sunshine State just days before the school holidays.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement via Twitter after Sydney recorded 16 new locally acquired cases on Wednesday bringing the cities growing cluster to 35.
The border closure will go into effect on Thursday at 1am.
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Under the new rules, anyone entering Queensland who has been in any areas Greater Sydney areas must go into hotel quarantine for 14 days.
Non-Queensland residents will have to do the same but will also need to get a permit before enter the state.
'You must complete the Queensland Travel Declaration up to three days prior to your arrival into Queensland,' the Queensland government says on its website.
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'The form should take about three minutes to complete and your declaration will be issued immediately via email.'
Just two days before public schools break for two weeks, Queensland followed Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand by imposing bans on travellers from much of Sydney.
Earlier today the federal government also declared the Local Government Areas including Sydney City, Woollahra, Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner West, Randwick and Waverley, Covid hotspots.
The declaration means that in the case of a full-scale lockdown, residents will be eligible for government support payments.
The majority of the new cases in NSW stem from a birthday party on Saturday in West Hoxton, in western Sydney, where a Covid-infecte Bondi Junction worker attended a house party with 30 other people.
At least nine others contracted the virus but there are fears even more positive tests could be recorded.
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The man aged in his 30s was not suffering any symptoms but was tested the next day when they developed and received a positive result on Monday.
All party attendees were ordered into self-isolation, with eight partygoers who came forward for testing on Tuesday found to have contracted the virus.
A day before, a two-year-old child who attended Little Zak’s childcare in Narellan Vale, near Campbelltown, on Monday.
Dr Chant said the outbreak demonstrated how quickly transmission could occur.
'There were about 30 people at that gathering in a house and the person was unknowingly infectious, did not have symptoms, and had not attended venues,' Dr Chant said.
'What you can see is that those test results indicate how quickly the virus was transmitted in that circumstance... And that is on day two after exposure.
'All those individuals would have unknowingly had the infection on Monday.'
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Contact tracers are scrambling to determine exposure sites visited by the positive cases.
The Bondi cluster began last week after a Sydney Airport limousine driver tested positive to the highly-infectious Delta variant, which started spreading at Bondi Junction's busy Westfield shopping centre.
In light of the flurry of cases, Ms Berejiklian introduced new restrictions across the city and surrounds to contain the outbreak.
Ms Berejiklian said the restrictions are 'effective immediately' for Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong, and Shellharbour - though they begin at 4pm.
'Please abandon non-essential activities, please don't attend social gatherings unless you absolutely must,' the premier said on Wednesday.
'I am not going to rule out further action.'
Residents who live or work in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, and Woollahra local government areas cannot travel outside the metropolitan area unless it's absolutely essential.
Queensland says people who have been in four Sydney council areas must follow COVID-19 lockdown rules
Anyone in Queensland who have been to four Sydney council areas in the past fortnight must follow the same lockdown rules imposed in New South Wales. Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young made the direction as the southern state recorded 22 new locally acquired cases linked to the Bondi cluster.From 1:00am tomorrow, visitors from those areas will be required to stay where they are and can only leave for "permitted purposes".Dr Young also announced the hotspot declaration for those four local government areas would be backdated to June 11.
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'We don't want the virus to spread to the regions,' Ms Berejiklian said.
NSW recorded 10 locally-acquired cases to 8pm on Tuesday, seven of which were already announced.
Of those 10 cases, Dr Chant said only two were not in isolation - the Bondi Junction worker and a nine-year-old child who attends the Saint Charles Catholic primary School in Waverley.
The school has closed for three days for contact tracing and cleaning, with students and staff identified as close contacts now isolating.
The additional 13 cases were reported after 8pm, and will be counted in Thursday's official tally.
Overall, there have been 16 new cases taking the total number of infections to 35, up from 21 on Tuesday.
Under the new restrictions, household visitors are limited to five people, including children, and masks are now compulsory in non-residential indoor settings - including workplaces - and at large outdoor events.
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