NSW has recorded 16 new locally acquired COVID cases, some of which were already reported yesterday. The additions take the total number of locally acquired infections to 38, with daily case numbers rising at a worrying rate:
Chief health officer Kerry Chant said 10 of the new infections were linked to the Bondi cluster — which now sits at 31 — but two of the cases were unlinked.
“The cause of our concern is that we have had people infectious is in the community unknowingly,” she said.
Dr Chant said eight of the cases recorded were linked to a birthday party in West Hoxton, which was attended by a previously reported linked to the Bondi cluster.
“There were about 30 people there, in a house and the person was infectious at the time — who didn’t have symptoms,” Dr Chant said.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has introduced new restrictions in response to the growing outbreak:
- Visitors to households will be limited to 5 guests — including children
- Masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events
- Drinking while standing at indoor venues will not be allowed
- Singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed
- Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings for the bridal party only (no more than 20 people)
- Dance and gym classes limited to 20 per class (masks must be worn)
- The one person per four square metre rule will be re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals
- Outdoor seated events will be limited to 50 per cent seated capacity
- Previous public transport capacity limits, represented by green dots, will be reintroduced
- If you live or work in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, and Woollahra local government areas, you cannot travel outside metropolitan Sydney for non-essential travel.
State governments have been quick to close borders to Sydney LGAs: the City of Sydney, Waverley, Woollahra, Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner West and Randwick.
The NSW Government has successfully managed prior outbreaks without resorting to hard lockdowns.
Let’s hope it can work its magic again.
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