Millions of Sydney residents will be subject to movement control orders until at least July 9, as the New South Wales state government announced more cases of Covid-19 on Sunday.
Another 30 cases have been reported as authorities tighten restrictions and warn of potentially longer or broader restrictions to come.
NSW Health said there were now 79 patients being treated for Covid-19. “One of them is in intensive care but is not ventilated,” said the state ministry. “Most cases (94%) are treated in non-acute and out-of-hospital care, including returning travelers. “
People living in the city of Sydney as well as in the local government areas of Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside and Woollahra, will only be allowed to leave their homes to purchase food or other goods and essential services, medical care or compassionate needs, exercising outdoors in groups of 10 or less, or performing essential work or education that cannot be done at home.
These additional cases have occurred at exhibition sites outside Sydney’s local government areas, which have already been locked down. As a result, “health advice is changing” and “if we need to take further action we will immediately let the community know,” said Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of NSW.
“Do not leave the Sydney metropolis under any circumstances,” she said.
New Zealand has suspended its non-quarantine travel bubble with Australia due to the outbreaks.
Australia’s chief medical officer Paul Kelly on Saturday expanded the hotspot area to include Wollongong, more than 80 km south of Sydney, as well as areas of the Blue Mountains and the central coast.
Australia’s federal Covid-19 committee is due to hold an emergency meeting on Monday over the growing number of cases.
Victorian Minister of Health Martin Foley has warned residents of hot spots in New South Wales to stay out of the state or face a fine of AU $ 5,000.
He said Victoria Police were patrolling border areas and using mobile and automated technology to scan the license plates of people entering the state from New South Wales.
Darwin, in Australia’s Remote Northern Territory, faces a two-day lockdown due to a mine-centric outbreak.
There are now five positive cases detected at the Granites gold mine in the Tanami Desert. One case has since traveled to New South Wales, another to Queensland and a third to Palmerston, near Darwin.
48-hour lockdown applies to communal areas of Darwin, Palmerston and Litchfield
Smith Street Mall in central Darwin was deserted on Sunday, ABC reported, and store shutters were lowered when the lockdown went into effect.
Small businesses forced to close will receive a one-time payment of AU $ 1,000 (US $ 750), Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.