Sydney to mask up again after spike in COVID-19 cases

Darnell Taylor
June 22, 2021

New Zealand is set to lift the pause on the bubble with Victoria this evening, so quarantine-free travel can resume.

People who have been in Sydney are urged to check this website as there are new locations of interest, including trains and bus routes.

Two previously reported cases have now recovered.

There are no new Covid community cases to report in New Zealand today and no cases among recent returnees in managed isolation facilities.

NSW isn't heading back into lockdown just yet, but given the increasing number of daily cases, it's not outside the realms of possibility, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

Five would be required to isolate for 14 days and be tested twice in that time, and all had returned a negative first test.

Three of the new cases were recorded before 8pm whereas three cases were also confirmed today, including a woman in her 60s from Illawarra and a woman in her 40s from Sydney's northern suburbs.

Of the seven cases detected overnight, six are household contacts of previously identified cases and have been isolating.

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"The one exception is a student at Saint Charles Catholic Primary School at Waverley and the school is in the process of notifying parents", Premier Berejeklian said.

There are now no plans for a lockdown to be introduced, Ms Berejiklian said, because all but one case has been linked to known infections.

Previously, anyone who was in the complex, including the vehicle park, on 12 or 13 June was told to get tested, but now anyone who was there from 14 to 18 June must also be swabbed.

"A very fleeting exchange or a very fleeting coexistence has actually allowed the virus to transfer and highlights how contagious it is".

"If that changes, if we suddenly have a number of unlinked cases and if we suddenly have them outside the geographic region they are concentrated in then we will obviously adjust the health advice and we will respond to that", she said.

NSW Health said 28,645 coronavirus tests were carried out over the past 24 hours, and 18,045 vaccine doses were administered. However, unless you have symptoms or have been to a specific venue of concern, you don't need to isolate.

The restrictions were extended after NSW Health revealed Sydney's eastern suburbs cluster has grown to 21 people.

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