New South Wales records another 35 Covid cases


New South Wales has recorded 35 new cases of coronavirus with eleven out and about while infectious amid fears Sydney’s lockdown will be extended.

Twenty-four cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period while four isolated for part of it and seven were in the community for all of their infectious period.

Three of the cases came from an illegal party in the luxurious Meriton Suites apartment block in Waterloo, inner-south Sydney on Saturday June 26. 

Anyone who was on any level of the block between 7pm that night and 8am on Monday July 5 must immediately get tested and isolate until further notice.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian slammed residents ‘doing the wrong thing’ and urged them to follow the rules if they want lockdown to end on Friday as planned.

‘Unfortunately when a small number of people do the wrong thing it does result in extra cases,’ she said. 

‘We have heard examples of people having gatherings when they shouldn’t, people are going to each other’s houses when they shouldn’t. Please do not do that. It is jeopardising everybody’s ability to move forward.’ 

The premier said ‘the next couple of days will be absolutely critical’ in deciding whether to lift lockdown. The decision hinges on the number of cases not in isolation while infectious. 

New South Wales wants to reduce community transmission to zero while the vaccine rollout ramps up. Only 9 per cent of Australian adults have been double jabbed. 

New South Wales has recorded 35 new cases of coronavirus, with 24 in isolation throughout their infectious period. Pictured: Walkers in Rushcutters Bay on Sunday

Three of the cases came from an illegal party in the luxurious Meriton Suites apartment block (pictured) in Waterloo, inner-south Sydney on Saturday night

NSW July 5 numbers 

New local cases: 35

Cases not in isolation: 11 

Cases since June 16: 312

Cases in ICU:

Tests: 58,373

Police fines: 125

Former GP and ABC journalist Dr Norman Swan said Monday’s cases were ‘really worrying’ and said: ‘I think it will be hard [to end lockdown] if it goes on like that.’ 

Four people are in ICU with Covid-19 in New South Wales, none on ventilators. 

A total of 33 of the new cases have been linked to a known case or cluster and 20 are household contacts. Two of the cases remain under investigation.

Two of the cases were residents of the SummitCare Baulkham Hills aged care facility, where five residents have tested positive.

Both were women in their 70s. One had been fully vaccinated while the other, who entered the facility in May after the home was jabbed, is not yet vaccinated.  

The three previously reported cases were fully vaccinated. All of the five residents, who are asymptomatic, have been transferred to Westmead Hospital for observation along with a wife of one of the cases. 

The virus got into the carehome via two workers who tested positive, one of whom had not been vaccinated. 

On Monday the home’s CEO Michelle Sloane said that 96 per cent of residents have been doubled vaccinated but several staff had not because they were hesitant. 

‘It is a new vaccine and like everybody in the community there was apprehension about having it. I think that’s probably the main reason,’ she said.

Under new health orders, aged care staff must be vaccinated by mid-September. 

Five of Sydney’s new cases were are linked to Virgin flight VA524 from the Gold Coast to Sydney on Saturday 26 June on which an infected air crew member worked.

The total number of cases associated with this flight is nine, including eight passengers and one household contact.

There were two new cases linked to birthday party at West Hoxton, bringing the total number of cases associated with the party to 45.

A student at Rose Bay Public School – a close contact of a previous case – also tested positive. The school closed on Monday for the on-site attendance of staff and visitors. 

New South Wales has recorded 312 locally acquired cases since June 16, when the first case of the Bondi cluster was reported. 

There are now 238 cases directly linked to known cases in the Bondi cluster, as well as 54 who are linked to other known cases in the outbreak.

Residents are seen in Rushcutters Bay Park on July 4 as Sydney's lockdown continues

Residents are seen in Rushcutters Bay Park on July 4 as Sydney’s lockdown continues

South west Sydney residents (pictured) in Bankstown were seen taking the lockdown seriously on Sunday as streets were nearly deserted and most were wearing masks

South west Sydney residents (pictured) in Bankstown were seen taking the lockdown seriously on Sunday as streets were nearly deserted and most were wearing masks

There were 58,373 tests reported to 8pm on Sunday night, compared with Saturday’s total of 45,079. Two new overseas-acquired cases were recorded overnight.

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said 125 fines were issued on Sunday to people not wearing masks while shopping or organising illegal events, including a group of motorcyclists who rode from Bankstown to Lithgow. 

He also urged residents to wear masks after the owner of The Organic Store in Bowral in the Southern Highlands was arrested for a second time on Saturday after staff and customers refused to do so. 

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant did not rule out extending the lockdown beyond Friday.

‘I’m making no comment until I’ve looked at all the data. Every day brings a new set of data and a new set of challenges and what we think in the morning can change in the afternoon,’ she said.

After an illegal party sparked three new cases, she said: ‘We are going to be looking intensively at that event and will provide some updated advice later today.

‘Just a message again to younger people, can I thank the younger people again for playing their part in responding and helping us keep their loved ones safe and their close social network.

‘It is important to remember that young people themselves can get sick and be hospitalised following Covid.’

Meanwhile, shoppers who visited a busy Woolworths where a staff member was unknowingly infected with Covid have been ordered to isolate.

The alert concerns Hillsdale Woolworths, 6km south-east of Sydney’s CBD, with hundreds of shoppers now plunged into 14-day isolation, regardless of any Covid test results.

Woolworths confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that an infected staff member worked on June 30 between 9.30am and 6.30pm, as well as on July 1 between 9am and 6pm. 

USE DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA’S TRACKER TO FIND THE LATEST EXPOSURE SITES NEAR YOU: 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured on Monday) slammed residents 'doing the wrong thing' and urged them to follow the rules if they want lockdown to end on Friday as planned

Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured on Monday) slammed residents ‘doing the wrong thing’ and urged them to follow the rules if they want lockdown to end on Friday as planned

Anyone who attended the Maroubra Coles on Monday, June 28 from 7.10am to 8.20am and also on Tuesday June 29 11pm to 11:45pm, is also considered a close contact, but none of its workers are infected. 

The stores were among a list of new venues announced by NSW Health late on Sunday night, after the state recorded 16 new Covid cases.  

‘We’re making contact with our Hillsdale store team members and will provide our full support to those self-isolating in line with the advice from the NSW Health Department,’ Woolworths told Daily Mail Australia in a statement.

‘The safety and wellbeing of the local community is our priority, and as a food retailer, we have very high standards of cleaning and hygiene in place. The store has undergone an additional deep clean overnight.’

Anyone who visited Hillsdale Woolworths (pictured) on Wednesday June 30, between 9.30am to 6.30pm and on Thursday July 1, between 9am to 6pm, is a close contact of an infected worker - meaning hundreds of shoppers have likely been plunged into a fortnight of isolation

Anyone who visited Hillsdale Woolworths (pictured) on Wednesday June 30, between 9.30am to 6.30pm and on Thursday July 1, between 9am to 6pm, is a close contact of an infected worker – meaning hundreds of shoppers have likely been plunged into a fortnight of isolation 

Other venues causing concern for state health officials includes Dan Murphy’s in Gladesville on Sydney’s Lower North Shore.

Anyone who visited the liquor store on Saturday June 26, from 3pm to 3.25pm is considered a casual contact and must immediately get tested and self isolate until they receive a negative result.

Customers who visited the popular Lot 19 Café in Rushcutters Bay, in Sydney’s inner east, are also considered close contacts if they attended on Tuesday, June 29 between 8.25am to 8.35am and on Thursday, July 1 between 8.25am to 8.35am.

Several public transport routes from Strathfield in Sydney’s west to Lakemba in the southwest were also flagged, along with stops at Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush.  

SYDNEY EXPOSURE SITES REVEALED SUNDAY NIGHT

Anyone who attended any of the following venues at the times listed is a close contact and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result:

Maroubra: Coles – Monday June 28, 7.10am – 8.20am

Maroubra: Coles – Tuesday June 29, 11pm – 11.45pm

Hillsdale: Woolworths – Wednesday June 30, 9.30am – 6.30pm

Hillsdale: Woolworths – Thursday July 1, 9am – 6pm 

Anyone who attended any of the following venues at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately isolate and get tested until a negative result is given:

Gladesville: Dan Murphy’s – Saturday June 26, 3pm – 3.25pm

Rushcutters Bay: Lot 19 Cafe – Tuesday June 29, 8.25am – 8.35am

Rushcutters Bay: Lot 19 Cafe – Thursday July 1, 8.25am – 8.35am

Lane Cove West: Ampol Woolworths Metro – Saturday June 26, 8am – 8.15am 

Rose Bay: Coles – Sunday June 27, 11.20am – 11.40am

Maroubra: First Choice Liquor – Friday June 25, 4.30pm – 5pm 

Anyone who travelled on the following bus routes at the times listed is a close contact and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result:

M90: Strathfield South Public School to Strathfield Station – Sunday June 27, 8.46am – 8.54am

M90: Strathfield Station to Strathfield South Public School – Sunday June 27, 11.32am – 11.43am  

M90: Strathfield South Public School to Strathfield Station – Monday June 28, 8.36am – 8.42am

450: Grace Avenue, Lakemba, to Haldton St, Lakemba – Wednesday June 30, 11.21am – 11.24am

526: Homebush to Sydney Olympic Park – Saturday June 26, 9.33am – 9.44am

M90: Strathfield Station to Strathfield South Public School – Monday June 28, 4.52pm – 5.01pm 

M90: Strathfield South Public School to Strathfield Station – Tuesday June 29, 11.51am – 12.00pm

M90: Strathfield Station to Strathfield South Public School – Tuesday June 29, 5.20pm – 5.33pm

Anyone who travelled on any of the following trains at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately isolate and get tested until a negative result is given: 

T1: Strathfield to Auburn – Sunday June 27, 8.54am – 9.20am

T3: Auburn to Strathfield – Sunday June 27, 10.39am – 10.49am 

T1: Strathfield to North Sydney – Monday June 28, 8.54am – 9.20am

T1: North Sydney to Strathfield – Monday June 28, 4.16pm – 4.43pm

T1: North Sydney to Strathfield – Tuesday June 29, 3.55pm – 4.22pm

T3: Strathfield to Flemington – Tuesday June 29, 4.31pm – 4.36pm

T3: Flemington to Strathfield – Saturday June 26, 8.07am – 8.25am

T2: Newtown to Strathfield – Saturday June 26, 5.39pm – 5.56pm 

Walkers are seen out in Bondi on Sunday (pictured) with new exposure sites popping up across Sydney's eastern suburbs

Walkers are seen out in Bondi on Sunday (pictured) with new exposure sites popping up across Sydney’s eastern suburbs

Several supermarkets, busy cafes, eight buses and ten Sydney train routes have been added to the city's growing list of Covid exposure sites (pictured, police patrolling locked down Bondi Beach)

Several supermarkets, busy cafes, eight buses and ten Sydney train routes have been added to the city’s growing list of Covid exposure sites (pictured, police patrolling locked down Bondi Beach)

SYDNEY’S LOCKDOWN: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW UNTIL JULY 9

Those living in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong must abide by the following: 

Masks are mandatory in all indoor settings outside the home, including offices 

Weddings are banned and funerals are capped at 100 people – or 1 person per 4sqm – with masks required indoors 

There is no curfew but a stay at home order applies, with only four reasons to leave your home 

*The four reasons you can leave your home:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services
  • Medical care or compassionate needs (including to get a COVID-19 vaccine)
  • Exercise outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home  

The rest of NSW (including regional areas) is subject to the following restrictions:

  • No more than five visitors (including children) allowed in homes
  • Masks are compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings
  • The four-square-metre rule is back for indoor and outdoor settings and drinking while standing at indoor venues is not allowed
  • Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs, but dancing is allowed at weddings for the wedding party (no more than 20 people)
  • Dance and gym classes are limited to 20 people per class and masks must be worn  

When does the lockdown end?  

  • Stay at home orders apply to Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour until 11.59pm on Friday, 9 July 2021 



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