Australia’s biggest state faces a nervous 72-hour wait to see whether harder lockdown restrictions will see case numbers in Sydney fall – after the state recorded 110 new Covid-19 cases of which 43 out in the community while they were infectious.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who has consistently said Sydney will only be released from lockdown when the number of the cases in the community reaches zero, said the Fairfield local government area in Sydney’s south-west was still seeing ‘consistently high’ levels of virus transmission.
She again urged the city’s five million residents to stay home as the lockdown stretches to close to four weeks.
The new locally-acquired cases came from a NSW pandemic-record 84,000 tests in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday night. Thirteen of the infections have yet to be linked to known cases.
Of the new cases, 43 were active in the community and 17 were only isolating for part of their infectious period.
There are now 106 patients in NSW hospitals with Covid-19. Twenty-three are in intensive care with 11 of those requiring ventilation.
Executive Director Health Protection NSW Dr Jeremy McAnulty said though transmission was also increasing in the city’s west as the epicentre of the highly-contagious Delta outbreak threatens to shift again.
He said officials wanted to see higher testing rates in the western Sydney suburbs of Seven Hills, Mount Druitt, Rooty Hill and Toongabbie.
Ms Berejiklian meanwhile refused to rule out introducing even tougher restrictions in Greater Sydney if the highly-contagious Delta variant continues to spread throughout the city.
She said it would be impossible to plan a path out of lockdown until the cases numbers started to fall and admitted if there isn’t a consistent fall by the weekend, NSW would introduce even tougher restrictions.
New South Wales has recorded 110 new Covid-19 cases as Sydney’s Covid-19 outbreak continues to spread through the city’s west
‘NSW is putting in place tougher restrictions than we’ve ever done in the past,’ she said when asked whether Sydney’s lockdown – which expires on July 30 – would be further tightened.
‘We need to assess the health advice and the data we get over the next few days.
‘Once that data comes through, once the number of cases and how they’re transmitting come through over the weekend and early next week, we will have a better sense of what July 31 look like.’
Ms Berejiklian on Saturday enhanced the stay-at-home restrictions by closing construction sites and banning all non-essential workers who live in Fairfield, Liverpool and Canterbury-Bankstown from leaving their local government areas.
But the premier said the highly-transmissible virus was still spreading rapidly in other workplaces.
Victoria earlier on Wednesday announced the state had detected another 22 local cases of Covid-19 as the state enters its first day of an extended seven-day lockdown to stem the spread of its latest Covid outbreak.
The state’s Department of Health said the new community cases – detected from 59,355 tests conducted on Tuesday – are all linked to known outbreaks.
Wednesday’s 22 new locally-acquired cases is the highest daily increase in Victoria since September during the state’s deadly second wave of Covid-19 infections.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has meanwhile shared an alarming map which showed how hundreds of residents across the southern state had already been directly exposed to the virus.
‘This Delta variant is moving faster than anything our public health experts have seen before,’ the state leader wrote in a Facebook post on Monday evening.
‘Ninety-six active cases, around 18,000 people in quarantine, and hundreds of exposure sites from Phillip Island to the Mallee – all in just over a week.’
Medical staff are seen administering COVID-19 tests at a drive through testing site at Albert Park Lake in Melbourne. Victoria earlier on Wednesday announced the state had detected another 22 local cases of Covid-19
The country town of Orange in regional NSW has also been thrown into a week long lockdown after the virus spread from a pet food driver making a delivery from Greater Sydney to a local.
Along with Orange, South Australians have been ordered to stay at home for seven days while in Victoria the state’s fifth lockdown has been extended for another week.
There are also now fears of an outbreak in Queensland after a woman tested positive having arrived from Melbourne.
The Hoey Moey pub in Coffs Harbour was exposed to Covid on Thursday July 15 between 3.55pm and 4.20pm, while initially only the bottle shop had been listed as an exposure site.
Two pedestrians wearing face masks walk past a shop front in the Sydney CBD on Tuesday
A St John Ambulance staff member registers masked pedestrian at a Covid-19 Vaccination Centre in the CBD on Monday
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Monday night shared an alarming map showing how there are now hundreds of residents directly exposed to the virus across the state
A string of new venues have been added to NSW and Victoria’s growing list of exposure sites while Covid outbreaks around the country send more than 13 million into lockdown (pictured is an empty street in Melbourne on Tuesday)
Pictured are pedestrians in Melbourne on Tuesday. Wednesday’s 22 new locally-acquired cases is the highest daily increase in Victoria since September
The Hoey Moey pub in Coffs Harbour (pictured) was exposed to Covid on Thursday July 15 between 3.55pm and 4.20pm, while initially only the bottle shop had been listed as an exposure site
The Aldi supermarket in Beaconsfield in Melbourne was also exposed to the virus and was added to Victoria’s swelling list of affected venues on Tuesday night
Several other venues were added to NSW Health’s relentlessly growing list on Tuesday night, including two Woolworths stores, one in Sydney’s Belrose and another in Chester Hill.
The new exposure sites in Victoria come after the state recorded 13 new infections on Tuesday.
The BR International Logistics warehouse in Derrimut in Melbourne’s west, is believed to have been exposed by an infected resident all day for a week.
Those who attended the venue anytime from July 13 to July 19 must isolate for 14 days from the day they were exposed, regardless of a Covid-19 test result.
A woman is seen walking her dog in Melbourne on Tuesday. Victoria is in the midst of its fifth lockdown
The BR International Logistics warehouse in Derrimut in Melbourne’s west, is believed to have been exposed by an infected resident all day over a period of seven consecutive days
Pop-up cafe and arts store Status Quo Pop-up in Richmond was exposed by an infected resident over four days between July 14 and July 17.
Those at the store between 8am to 3pm on any of those days are required to get a Covid test and isolate until a negative result.
The Sloane Ranger cafe in Cremorne has also been listed on July 14 from 8:25am to 9:10am and July 15 from 8.25am to 9.05am.
Meanwhile the Aldi in Beaconsfield has been put on alert for shoppers who attended the supermarket on July 17 between 1:30pm and 3:00pm.
Victoria’s lockdown was scheduled to end at midnight but has been extended for another seven days until midnight July 27.
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NEW SOUTH WALES:
*The state recorded 78 new Covid-19 cases overnight, with 27 out in the community while infectious and 29 yet to be linked to known clusters.
*Of the new cases, 52 (66 per cent) were found in south-west Sydney – with health officials finding 11 cases in both the city’s west and south-east.
*Greater Sydney has entered its fourth week of hard lockdown, with the outbreak of new infections at 1,418 since June 16.
*Officials confirmed a woman in her 50s had died from the virus in Sydney’s south-west, the mother of two infected removalists.
*Orange in the state’s central west has also began a seven day lockdown after an infected pet food driver from Sydney spread Covid-19 to a local
*Victoria has extended its lockdown for a week after 13 new cases in the state were announced on Tuesday.
*The lockdown was scheduled to end at midnight but has been extended for another seven days until midnight July 27.
*Nine of the 13 new cases were isolating for all their infectious period, with 12 linked to the Delta outbreak in NSW and one under investigation.
*Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has reinstated a hard border with NSW and ordered a temporary pause on the issuing of ‘red zone’ permits.
*From midnight on Tuesday, Victorians returning home from north of the border must apply for a new permit.
*The only ones allowed to enter will be authorised workers and those who successfully apply for a compassionate exemption.
*Almost 49,500 Victorians came forward for testing on Monday while another 17,083 rolled up their sleeves for the Covid-19 jab.
*Two overseas-acquired cases in hotel quarantine were also recorded.
*The state has recorded a mystery case of Covid-19, a fully vaccinated woman had tested positive despite no known links to other clusters.
*The woman, aged in her 20s, flew into the Sunshine Coast from Melbourne on July 13.
*The case is unrelated to any of the existing outbreaks – with authorities confirming she had been infectious in the community for three days.
*Chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young said she suspected the state’s latest infected woman caught the virus in a Melbourne pub.
*Two new overseas acquired cases were also detected in hotel quarantine.
*Premier Steven Marshall announced the entire state would go into lockdown from 6pm on Tuesday for the next seven days.
*The call was made after two new locally acquired cases of Covid overnight, bringing the total number of infections in the state to five.
*Residents only have five lawful reasons for residents to leave home, for essential supplies, to exercise, for medical care, for care or compassionate reasons or essential work.
*Construction sites across the state will shut down for seven days and schools will transition to online learning from Thursday.
*Mr Marshall also said more testing sites would open in Adelaide on Thursday amid long queues at testing facilities on Monday and early Tuesday.
Victoria’s lockdown was scheduled to end at midnight but has been extended for another seven days until midnight July 27 (pictured Melbourne residents wait to get a Covid vaccine)
The country town of Orange (pictured) has now been plunged into a seven-day lockdown
This is Victoria’s fifth lockdown since the pandemic hit Australia’s shores early last year and the third one so far in 2021.
‘We want to avoid a long, lengthy challenging lockdown where you lose control of cases, we have avoided that, but we need more time,’ Mr Andrews said.
He also reinstated a hard border with NSW and ordered a temporary pause on the issuing of ‘red zone’ permits.
Almost a third of Victoria’s locally-acquired coronavirus cases can be traced back to a fan who attended an AFL game, a Euro 2020 viewing party, and a rugby match while unknowingly infectious.
That man caught the virus from a resident of a Maribyrnong apartment complex who got it from unmasked Sydney removalists, then went on to spread it to friends and family.
Twelve of Tuesday’s cases are linked to the outbreaks of the Indian Delta variant in the state, which originated in NSW, and one case is under investigation.
There appears to be no end in sight for Sydney’s lockdown as the city enters its fourth week of tough restrictions (pictured, an eerily quiet George Street on Tuesday)
South Australia has also entered a seven day lockdown after a total of five infections were recorded (pictured, testing in Adelaide on Tuesday)
But an extra week of lockdown in Victoria is unlikely to be enough to quash an outbreak of the Indian Delta coronavirus variant, an epidemiologist says.
Based on modelling by Monash University and his own progression data, University of South Australia academic Adrian Esterman believes local Covid-19 cases will not drop to zero by the end of Victoria’s seven-day lockdown extension.
‘You’ve got at least another week and potentially two or three weeks,’ the veteran epidemiologist and biostatistician said.
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NEW NEW SOUTH WALES COVID ALERTS ON TUESDAY NIGHT
Anyone who attended the following previously announced venues is now a close contact, and must get tested and isolate immediately for 14 days, regardless of the result
Coffs Harbour: The Hoey Moey – Thursday July 15, 3.55pm – 4.20pm
Belrose: Taste Baguette Belrose – Tuesday July 13, 8.10am – 8.20am and Wednesday July 14, 10.30am – 11am
Belrose: Woolworths in Glenrose Shopping Village – Wednesday July 14, 10.30am – 11am
Belrose: Lawrence Dry Cleaners – Wednesday July 14, 10.30am – 11am
Chester Hill: Woolworths – Thursday July 15, 4.45pm – 5.05pm
Anyone who attended the following venues is a close contact, and must get tested and isolate immediately for 14 days, regardless of the result
Greenacre: Greenacre Royal Carwash – Saturday July 10, Sunday July 11, Monday July 12, Tuesday July 13, Wednesday July 14 and Friday July 16, 9am – 5.30pm on all dates
St Peters: MV Toolbox – Wednesday July 14, 2.15pm – 3.30pm
Merrylands: Agha Juice – Thursday July 15, 8pm – 9pm
Anyone who attended the following venues is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received
Green Valley: Valley Fresh – Saturday July 17, 2.45pm – 3.20pm
Hoxton Park: Shell Coles Express – Wednesday July 14, 11am – 11.20am
Belrose: Caltex Belrose – Sunday July 18, 4.20pm – 4.40pm
Dapto: Priceline – Friday July 16, 2.15pm – 2.45pm
Belrose: Woolworths Glenrose Shopping Centre – Friday July 15, 5.55am – 4.30pm, Saturday July 17, 5.55am – 3.10pm and Sunday July 18, 5.55am – 4.30pm
‘It takes as long to get down as it does to take off. I’m expecting (Monash University) modelling forecasts of at least four weeks is probably correct.’
Meanwhile NSW is grappling with outbreaks of the virus in both Sydney and regional parts of the state.
About 50,000 people in Orange, Blayney, and the Cabonne Shire Council in the NSW Central West were plunged into lockdown as of midnight on Tuesday, enduring the same restrictions as Sydneysiders.
Along with millions of people in Greater Sydney, locals in the regional area will only be allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons in an attempt to quash the outbreak.
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Meanwhile, Dr Young has announced all of South Australia will be declared a hotspot from 1am Thursday, after the southern state ordered a seven-day lockdown with five cases found there.
From that time, anyone who has been to South Australia won’t be allowed to enter Queensland unless they are a returning Queensland resident, or have essential purpose exemptions, and all arrivals will have to quarantine for 14 days.
The entire state of SA was locked down as of 6pm on Tuesday with residents only allowed to leave their houses for five reasons.
These include for care and compassionate reasons, to exercise, for essential work, to get essential supplies, and for medical reasons.
South Australians starting their seven-day lockdown will only be allowed to travel a maximum of 2.5km away from their homes to exercise.
The rule is one of the toughest to be imposed amid the Covid-19 pandemic in Australia, with exercise also limited to just 90 minutes each day.
NEW VICTORIAN COVID EXPOSURE SITES LISTED ON TUESDAY NIGHT
Anyone who attended the following venues is urged to get tested and isolate for 14 days from the exposure regardless of test results:
Beaconsfield, Aldi Beaconsfield – July 17 from 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Berwick, Shell Coles Express Berwick – July 18 from 10:30am – 10:55am
Dandenong, Budget Car & Truck Rental Dandenong – July 18 from 2:00pm – 2:35pm
Berwick, Confidence Speech Pathology Services – July 18 from 8:50am – 10:30am
Derrimut, BR International Logistics – July 13 from 12:00am – July 19 11.59pm
Anyone who attended the following venues must get tested and isolate until given a negative result:
Cremorne, Sloane Ranger – July 14 from 8:25am – 9:10am and July 15 from 8:25am – 9:05am
Richmond, Status Quo PopUp – July 14 from 8:00am – 3:00pm, July 15 from 8:00am – 3:00pm, July 16 from 8:00am – 3:00pm, July 17 from 8:00am – 3:00pm
Source: Daily Mail