NSW Covid Update: Masks Required on Sydney Public Transport After New ‘Fleeting Contact’ Case | New South Wales
Face masks will be mandatory on public transport in Sydney for at least five days, as New South Wales scrambles to prevent the growth of the eastern suburbs group.
The warrant announcement came as the state registered another locally acquired case, a man in his 50s who was on the same floor of Westfield Bondi Junction Myer as the original case on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Queensland has declared the eastern suburb council area of Waverley, Sydney a hot spot from 1 a.m. on Saturday, meaning visitors to that area will be subject to a hotel quarantine. .
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian also urged residents of her state to wear face masks indoors, including in supermarkets, cinemas and gyms.
The Sydney outbreak comes as federal health officials have admitted that the new advice that AstraZeneca is not preferred for 50-59 year olds will cause a “short-term” slowdown in the rollout of vaccination in Australia.
At a press conference in Canberra, deployment chief Lt. Gen. John Frewen claimed Australia would see a “temporary cut” in daily vaccinations caused by postponing reservations to get Pfizer at a later date , but the delays would pass as generalist access to Pfizer increases.
Authorities fear that the change in AstraZeneca’s advice could result in bookings being canceled among people 60 and over and those who have received a first dose, the two groups who are still advised to receive AstraZeneca.
When asked if those who cancel reservations for a second dose against medical advice should go to the back of the queue, Health Minister Greg Hunt said there would be no penalties.
“Our aim is not to be punitive, to support Australians and say we want everyone to be vaccinated,” he told reporters.
Hunt also announced a new element of Medicare to reimburse doctors for spending more time with patients to help explain the benefits of Covid-19 vaccines.
Earlier at the press conference in Sydney, Berejiklian said “for the next five days we want everyone to wear masks on public transport to make sure that if the virus is circulating it is not spreading. in public transport “.
“If you go to a covered place, you wear a mask, whether it’s a cinema, a hotel, or front-line staff. It’s not mandatory, but we recommend it, especially if you can’t guarantee social distancing, especially in the eastern suburbs locations. “
The mask’s mandate will remain in place in Sydney until Wednesday, June 23, but does not extend to the Central Coast, Illawarra or the Wollongong regions.
The new case is the second person believed to have been infected only through ‘fleeting contact’ with an infectious person, after a woman in her 60s tested positive on Thursday only to have sat down in the morning. exterior of a cafe that the original case had visited.
NSW Health Director Dr Kerry Chant said the second case was concerning, especially if residents did not “religiously check in”.
“My concern has increased a little today because I am aware that the transmission occurred in a shopping mall and I understand that people may not have religiously checked in.”
Berejiklian was convinced that the measures currently in place, as well as the introduction of mandatory masks on public transport, were sufficient to manage the risk facing the state.
“We believe that the response we described today is sufficient for the information we have today. If that changes, which it always does, we have room to move. “
“We don’t want to move at this point, but we have room to move if things get worse or something unexpected happens. “
The total number of cases now linked to the suburban outbreak now stands at five, including a man believed to have a low viral load. Authorities have not yet been able to determine if this is a false positive, so they are treating it as a positive.
Berejiklian urged all residents of the eastern suburbs, especially those near the exhibition sites, to rethink their plans in the coming days and keep abreast of the latest health advice.
“I would rather ask people to be careful for a few days and not attend events in this region than to go further with broader restrictions.”
“If you are a casual contact, please don’t go anywhere, cancel your plans. This is an added precaution to make sure you do not inadvertently injure yourself or someone else.
NSW Health said Friday evening it confirmed that a transmission had occurred between two customers at the Myer store in Bondi Junction.
In an updated notice, he said anyone who attended Myer Bondi Junction level two or four on Saturday, June 12 between 11:15 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. should call NSW Health at 1-800-943-553, get tested and check-in. ‘isolate for 14 days.
The same rules applied to people who were on level one of Bondi Junction David Jones on Saturday June 12 between 10:55 am and 11:15 am.
It comes as Victorian-era Acting Prime Minister James Merlino criticized the federal government’s rollout of the vaccine, saying the rollout was a race and “we’re falling behind.”
“We do not have enough second dose vaccines from the Commonwealth to meet the demand for first doses. “
“It’s a fact. It may well change later in the year, but right now we are falling behind as a nation in this race.”
“I have recognized on several occasions that there are global supply constraints, but the Commonwealth has had well over a year to resolve these issues and provide a greater level of confidence to general practitioners in our country, to States and territories in terms of our locations that we are responsible for, but we just cannot meet the demand that exists.
Merlino also expressed “cautious confidence” as the state registered a new locally acquired case, linked to the existing Southbank cluster.
Victoria’s metropolitan border is due to be lifted at 11:59 p.m. Friday night, uniting the state again. Melbourne residents will also be allowed two visitors per day and gatherings of up to 20 people will be allowed outdoors.
Merlino said the new case was already in close contact with an ongoing case, and was therefore already isolated, minimizing the risk.
“Excellent progress is being made in all areas of the epidemic with a huge number of tests, over 35,000 yesterday. It gives us cautious confidence as we safely ease restrictions statewide starting today.
“Staying safe from Covid must be a priority, not only for this weekend, but also for the weeks and months to come, until we come to a position where our vaccination rates are as high as possible. . “