BREAKING: Parts of Sydney placed into lockdown after huge spike in COVID cases

Parts of Sydney will be placed into lockdown after New South Wales recorded a worrying 22 new cases of COVID-19.

That takes the city’s cluster to 65.

That includes 17 cases that have been identified since 8pm last night.


New South Wales Health says 14 of those cases are linked to existing cases while the remaining three are still under investigation.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced stay-at-home orders for people who live or work in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick and Woollhara local government areas.

People in those council areas will only be allowed to leave home for essential reasons, including work, exercise, buying essential goods, or providing care or compassion to a relative.

The stay-at-home order will come into effect at midnight tonight and will remain in place until at least midnight on Friday, July 2.

“We appreciate what impact this will have significantly on businesses, especially in the CBD and those four council areas we’ve announced,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Whilst we’re doing really well with the virus, our contact tracers are doing an unbelievable job, the people who we’re interviewing are doing a great job. the advice from Health is – we don’t want to see this situation linger for weeks. We would like to see this situation end sooner rather than later.”

The current restrictions across all of Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour will also remain in place until at least next Friday.

New South Wales Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says she has significant concerns for people who attended the Joh Bailey Hair Salon in Double Bay between June 15 and 23.

At least three staff members worked while infectious with two clients since testing positive with up to 900 clients attending the salon in that week.

“I expect more cases to be detected over the coming days and I’m urging all clients and staff of Joh Bailey between June 15 and 23 to be tested and maintain quarantine as directed by NSW Health,” Dr Chant said.

An alert has also been issued for the Fitness First Platinum in Bondi Junction on June 21 and the Fitness First on Spring St in Bondi Junction on June 22.

More to come.