New South Wales records only ONE new local case of coronavirus raising hopes clusters have been contained
- New South Wales on Wednesday recorded one new local case of coronavirus
- The case is linked to the Berala cluster in western Sydney and is a close contact
- Premier Gladys Berejiklian was confident the cluster had been contained
New South Wales has recorded only one new local case of coronavirus but restrictions will not be eased this week.
The case is linked to the Berala cluster in western Sydney and is a close contact of previously reported cases.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian was confident the cluster had been contained, saying: ‘We are definitely in the mop-up stage.’
New South Wales has recorded only one new local cases of coronavirus but restrictions will not be eased this week
There were 20,664 tests reported to 8pm on Tuesday night, compared with the previous day’s total of 14,738.
Six cases were recorded in hotel quarantine.
Ms Berejiklian said restrictions will not be eased just yet. ‘If the advice to me and the government is we can ease restrictions we’ve put in place, we will do that,’ she said.
‘But until such time as we’ve mopped up the current outbreaks, I think everybody appreciates what we’re doing and I want to thank everybody for their support and cooperation on this journey.’
Masks were made mandatory and home gatherings were limited to five visitors after an outbreak on the Northern Beaches of Sydney was identified on December 16 and another cluster emerged in western Sydney on December 29.
Asked if any rules would be relaxed this week, the premier said on Tuesday: ‘Unlikely given where we’re at, because we’re still mopping up.
‘We’re still seeing community transmission. Even though in most instances, the household contacts or people are already in isolation, but we have had a couple of examples where they’re still unlinked, and that’s always a concern.’
She added: ‘I doubt there will be an easing of restrictions. But if the health advice changes on that, we will, of course, do that.’
What are the coronavirus rules in Greater Sydney?
Visitors: Up to 5 visitors from any number of households may visit another on any day.
Gatherings: No more than 30 people can gather outside in a public place which includes public parks, reserves, beaches, public gardens and spaces.
Masks: Compulsory in public indoors
Venues: A maximum of 300 people, subject to the 1 person per 4 square metres rule applies for each separate area of a hospitality venue.
Singing: No more than five performers should sing indoors, with 1.5m between performers and 5m between performers and the audience.
Gyms: Indoor gyms are subject to the one person per 4 square metres rule. A maximum of 30 people per class applies to gym and recreation classes such as yoga, tai chi and pilates.
Sport: For community sporting activities that involve more than 100 participants, the organiser must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan. The maximum number of participants at a community sporting activity must not exceed 3000 participants, or one person per 2 square metres (whichever is less).
Source: NSW government
Twelve cases found since December 16 are still being investigated by NSW contact tracers, including three detected before Christmas.
A further two cases – from the Canterbury-Bankstown and Lane Cove council areas – have been fully investigated without any link found.
NSW has more than 200 active coronavirus cases, including one person who is in hospital in intensive care.
Alerts remain out for dozens of hotspots, including a shopping centre in Warriewood, a post office in Hurlstone Park and a workers club in Blacktown.
A casual-contact alert was on Tuesday evening also issued for The Groomsmen Barber Shop on January 6, which is inside the Warriewood shopping centre already subject to health alerts.
Meanwhile, the ACT and Northern Territory have lifted travel restrictions for the Central Coast, Wollongong and some parts of Greater Sydney.