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Australia Unit block in Sydney's west in lockdown

03:14  27 july  2021
03:14  27 july  2021 Source:   9news.com.au

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Police are guarding a unit block in Sydney ' s west where multiple residents have tested positive for coronavirus. Police said they were assisting NSW Health with compliance under the public health act. Officers were stationed outside the five-storey unit block on Devitt Street in Blacktown overnight. Campsie shopping mall COVID-19 exposure site. Anyone who visited the Campsie Centre Shopping Mall from July 14 to July 24 is a close contact.

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a view of a city street: A unit complex in Blacktown is under lockdown today after a number of residents tested positive to COVID-19. © Nine News A unit complex in Blacktown is under lockdown today after a number of residents tested positive to COVID-19.

Police are at the scene of a unit block in Sydney's west this morning under instructions to keep all residents inside amid fears of a coronavirus outbreak.

It's understood the complex in Blacktown is now in the hands of NSW Health after multiple positive COVID-19 tests from those living there.

Overnight, a police van was seen parked outside the building and residents were stopped from leaving.

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But it remains unclear whether the unit block is in full lockdown with more details expected later this morning.

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Residents of an apartment building in Sydney ’ s west will be locked in for two weeks after multiple cases of Covid-19 were reported. NSW Health is aware of the development and NSW Police confirmed it to NCA NewsWire early on Monday morning. “NSW Police Force are providing support to NSW Health who are responding to several Covid-19 cases in an apartment block at Blacktown. “NSW Police were asked to be on site in case assistance was required.”

An entire unit block will be locked down for two weeks in western Sydney after several residents tested positive to coronavirus. The Blacktown complex is now under police guard, with residents prevented from leaving. Around 100 residents are reportedly affected by the lockdown , with more There has been a major change to NSW' s vaccine roll out, with Sydney clinics set to offer AstraZeneca jabs on a walk-in basis. It comes after the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) changed its AstraZeneca recommendations in light of soaring case numbers in Sydney

There are 93 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Blacktown.

It comes days after Blacktown was listed as one of the five problematic LGAs where COVID-19 cases are growing, with all workers now banned from leaving the area unless they are deemed essential.

a group of people standing in a room: A unit complex in Blacktown is under lockdown today after a number of residents tested positive to COVID-19. © Nine News A unit complex in Blacktown is under lockdown today after a number of residents tested positive to COVID-19.

It joins Cumberland, Fairfield, Liverpool and the Canterbury-Bankstown LGAs under the tightened rules.

But Sydney could remain under lockdown for some time with case numbers refusing to come down.

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Infectious diseases expert Professor Jane Halton said what was needed was "a different strategy and we need to see it pretty soon".

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"I'm sorry to say but this is going to take a while," she told Today.

"We need to see a little bit tougher - I'm sorry, Sydney - but actually, if you're going to get out of this in the next two months, that's what we need to see.

"We need the start looking at some pretty tough measures, literally from this morning, in order that we can give people something to look forward to."

Her suggestions include vaccinating people at most risk of contracting the disease such as essential workers, supermarket staff, transport workers and essential maintenance employees.

"Get those people vaccinated and get them vaccinated now."

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In a simultaneous push to get more residents jabbed in the COVID-19 epicentre of south-west Sydney, walk-in vaccinations are now being offered in some suburbs, and several pharmacies are involved in a distribution pilot program.

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Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the government was working to determine an update on when the Greater Sydney lockdown will ease, with suggestions it could be extended for another month.

She will provide her daily COVID-19 case number update at 11am.

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