BREAKING: NSW records second case of community transmission

A raft of new restrictions are being implemented in Greater Sydney as the city tries to get the upper hand on its latest COVID-19 outbreak.

The wife of a man in his 50s from Sydney’s eastern suburbs, who tested positive yesterday, has also been diagnosed with the virus.

Nine of the man’s other close contacts have also been tested, however all of those results have come back negative.


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In a bid to limit the spread of the virus, NSW Health Authorities are implementing a number of restrictions in Sydney that will kick in from 5.00pm this afternoon.

They include mask wearing indoors, a limit of 20 people in the home, and no singing or dancing in indoor venues except weddings.

“From 5:00pm today, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, we ask that nobody welcome more than 20 people into your home,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

“We know that transmission in the family home is a high risk. I appreciate that it’s Mother’s Day but we also appreciate that 20 people within the home is manageable for people to celebrate that important day.

“There will be no singing or dancing in indoor venues, including places of worship and entertainment venues. The exception is weddings. We recommend that only 20 people at a time be on the dance floor. Outside of weddings, there’s no singing in congregations and no dancing apart from obviously the performers in a show.

“In relation to mask-wearing, mask-wearing at indoor places will be compulsory for the next three days. Public transport, if you go to the supermarket, any indoor event, will require compulsory mask wearing in addition to hospitality workers. And people serving you.

“So obviously you can go and have a meal. You can enjoy a hospitality venue, but the workers will be expected to wear a mask for the next three days. 

“In addition to that, we want to make sure that people are just sensible. Maintain your good social distancing. Make sure you avoid large events if you’re vulnerable and make sure you exhibit good hand hygiene and most importantly make sure, if you have the mildest of symptoms, you come forward and get tested.”

NSW Health Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said the Sydney man has the same strain of the virus as a returned traveller from the US.

But what it [genomic sequencing] showed is that the sequence from our new case matched with an overseas case, who had travelled from the US and went to the Park Royal at Darling Harbour,” Dr Chant said.

“The person was tested on day 1, and was positive and was moved to the Sydney Health Accommodation, on 28 April.

Authorities are currently in the process of reviewing CCTV to determine how the man picked up the virus.

“We are exploring and currently reviewing CCTV footage to look at how the transmission occurred, how it got from this individual to our case, and what we’re concerned about is that there is a missing link,” Dr Chant admitted.

A number of exposure sites have been identified, with the public health alert expected to be updated throughout the day.

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