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Sydney faces lockdown threat over mystery cases after 11 new COVID-19 cases reported

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New South Wales has recorded 11 new cases of COVID-19.

Officially, the state recorded 18 new local COVID-19 cases overnight, 13 of which were already announced yesterday.

A further six had test results return after the 8pm cut-off.

That means there are 11 cases not previously reported to the public.

There are now 36 cases linked to the Bondi cluster, NSW Health said today.

Most of the cases have been in isolation, however, two are not yet linked to any known clusters or cases.

Below is a breakdown from NSW Health:

Of the 18 locally acquired cases notified to 8pm last night, 13 cases were already announced yesterday:

  • 8 of these cases are linked to a birthday party in West Hoxton, attended by a previously reported case linked to the Bondi cluster. About 30 people attended this party and they have all been tested and are in isolation.
  • A woman in her 20s from Wollongong who is a close contact of a previously reported case linked to the Bondi cluster.
  • A hairdresser from Western Sydney who worked in Double Bay. He is not linked to a known case or cluster. Urgent investigations are underway.
  • A woman in her 20s from Sydney’s eastern suburbs who is a close contact of a previously reported case.
  • A man in his 70s from Sydney’s eastern suburbs who is linked to the Bondi cluster.
  • A man in his 50s from Sydney’s eastern suburbs who is linked to the Bondi cluster.

Five further locally acquired cases were notified to 8pm last night:

  • Two women and a man from Sydney’s south west who are linked to the birthday party, attended by previously reported cases linked to the Bondi cluster.
  • A teenager from Sydney’s eastern suburbs who is linked to the Bondi cluster.
  • A woman in her 20s from Sydney’s eastern suburbs who is a close contact of a previously reported case.

Six locally acquired cases were notified overnight. These cases will be included in tomorrow’s numbers:

  • A man in his 30s who attended the Christo’s Pizzeria in Paddington at the same time as a previously reported case linked to the Bondi cluster.
  • Three women who are close contacts of a previously reported case who works as a hairdresser at a Double Bay hair salon. All have been in isolation while infectious.
  • A man in his 40s who is linked to the West Hoxton birthday party, attended by previously reported cases linked to the Bondi cluster. A total of 11 people who attended the party have now tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A man in his 40s. He is not yet linked to a known case or cluster. Urgent investigations are underway.
Pedestrians are seen at Bondi Junction on June 21, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. A cluster of COVID-19 cases in Sydney's eastern suburbs continues to grow, causing the government to impose restrictions including mandatory indoor mask-wearing in several jurisdictions. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is urging people to get tested to stop the spread and limit further restrictions.
Masks are mandatory in offices and indoor spaces after the Bondi Junction cluster ballooned. (Getty)
The number of mystery cases of coronavirus in Sydney will dictate if the NSW Premier will enforce a lockdown later today. The Premier is due to speak at 12.30pm AEST.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian stopped short of enforcing a full lockdown in Sydney when the Bondi cluster grew to 31 yesterday, but said she “will not hesitate to go further and harder if we have to”.

Professor Jane Halton, Chair of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness, told Today further restrictions could be brought in if mystery numbers rise.

“It will be the number of cases of unknown origin,” Professor Halton said.

“Most of the people who are being diagnosed in the last day or so actually were already in isolation or were known in terms of where they had contracted this illness.

“If they have an increase in the number of cases of unknown origin, and the premier has already signalled this, she will do whatever is necessary.

“She’s made a judgment that she doesn’t want to go instantly to lockdown, but she’s clearly got that on the list of options and there is no doubt in my mind, if this keeps going with unknown origin cases, she will probably have to use that option.”

A woman is seen cleaning the sanitiser station at a shop store in Bondi Junction in Sydney
A woman is seen cleaning the sanitiser station at a shop store in Bondi Junction in Sydney (Getty)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has backed NSW’s new restrictions.

“I think the approach that she is taking the right one. They are sensible pre-restrictions that are being put in place and they are affecting people right across Sydney,” Mr Morrison said.

“Everybody knows to get out of this current situation we have to follow those rules and I have no doubt that the NSW Government will ease those restrictions the second they can.”

NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard told Today he is currently in isolation after he woke up this morning to a message from NSW Health advising him he may be a close contact of a possible COVID-19 case.

NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall has tested positive to COVID-19.

Mr Hazzard said the NSW COVID-19 update will still go ahead later today.

A Westfield sign at Bondi Junction
A Westfield sign at Bondi Junction (Getty)

Rules that have only been seen in Melbourne have been now introduced in Sydney in a bid to thwart the spread of the Delta variant in the city.

Masks must be work in offices and other indoor workplaces for the first time in the city.

People who live or work in the council areas of City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside and Woollahra are forbidden to leave Sydney for the next seven days unless it’s essential.

They can, however, leave to visit a relative in care or to go to work.

In Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Shellharbour, no more than five visitors, including children, will be allowed in a home.

The new restrictions were sparked after the outbreak spread from the city’s east to west, with a bus driver among new cases in that area.

“We are not putting any objections on you leaving the home for any purpose, but if you happen to live or work in those seven LGAs, we don’t want you moving outside of Sydney,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

Out of 30 people at a birthday party in Hoxton Park in the city’s west, 10 have tested positive, including a child aged two who then went to day care in nearby Narellen.

However, the party-goers who were vaccinated didn’t catch it.

Green dots are back on public transport, to show people where they can sit.

Events such as sport are allowed to be half full.

New capacity rules will affect hospitality.

The restrictions have ended school holiday plans for the city, with borders tightened, including by Queensland, which has banned the whole of Greater Sydney.

Western Australia and South Australia have locked out the whole state, with some people finding out on the flight they would not be holidaying but doing 14 days quarantine, though not at a hotel.

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