New South Wales has reported three new cases of Covid-19 linked to Berala and Avalon

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New South Wales has reported three new locally acquired Covid-19 cases overnight.

State Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced on Sunday that two of the cases were linked to Berala, in western Sydney, and the other case linked to the Avalon cluster, on the northern beaches.

Three cases were also linked to travelers returned to quarantine at the hotel.

The news comes as residents north of Narrabeen Bridge, on Sydney’s northern beaches, have finally seen their stay-at-home orders lifted.

“I want to thank the community of Northern Beaches for what they have been through,” said Ms. Berejiklian.

“For being so compliant and for making the sacrifices that ensured that the transmission lines did not spread in a way that was out of control for the rest of Greater Sydney and, indeed, for the State. . ”

Residents wearing face masks walk the streets of Sydney’s central business district on January 2

Health workers test for the coronavirus in Merrylands in southwest Sydney on Thursday

Health workers test for the coronavirus in Merrylands in southwest Sydney on Thursday

Health workers test for the coronavirus in Merrylands in southwest Sydney on Thursday

The northern beaches had been under lockdown since December 19, with residents only allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons of shopping, work, exercise or health.

The region has been divided into southern and northern areas with residents spread across both sides of the Narrabeen Bridge.

Stay-at-home orders were lifted earlier for the southern zone with a relaxed lockdown on January 2.

The northern area finally saw its lockdown revoked on Sunday, with residents making the most of the new-found freedom and enjoying a day.

Ms Berejiklian praised the Sydneysiders for following the lockdown rules and coming out on the other end of a rough patch.

“The geographic importance of the northern beaches has allowed us to have a localized response,” she said.

“The important thing during the pandemic is to appreciate and accept the response we have to a particular epidemic. ”

Ms Berejiklian admitted that a number of businesses, not just on northern beaches, had been affected by the lockdown.

“We deeply appreciate that companies have suffered, especially at a time of year when they expect to have more trade.

“We will be looking very closely at what we need to do and let me assure you that if we need to provide direct support, we will.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Kerry Chant added that the new case on the northern beaches did not put the recent lockdown back in the region at risk.

Customers wear face masks at Westfield Bondi Junction after they became mandatory in Sydney

Customers wear face masks at Westfield Bondi Junction after they became mandatory in Sydney

Customers wear face masks at Westfield Bondi Junction after they became mandatory in Sydney

NEW LOCATION ALERTS FOR NSW

There were 86 separate health alerts for NSW sites on the NSW Health website and 27 for public transport routes on Saturday night.

The public is encouraged to check the website here to see if you were at any of these locations on the dates and times reported.

If you were, you may have come in contact with the virus: isolate and test.

NEW SYDNEY PLACES ON SHOW

Campsie: Big W, Sunday January 3 1:20 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

Campsie: Chemist’s warehouse, Friday January 8 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Campsie: Campsie Medical and Dental, vendredi 8 janvier 10h40 – 11h30

Casula: Costco, Saturday January 2 4:45 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Bankstown: Myer, ground floor, Wednesday January 6 11:30 am – 12:40 pm

“The case I mentioned today was in the south. We actually believe this case was an older case, but we are awaiting serology on this, ”she said.

“We are taking a precautionary approach as you know.

There were 23,763 tests performed in the 24 hour period to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

“We need to maintain these high testing rates for at least 14 days and I would like them to be sustained beyond that,” said Dr Chant.

On Saturday Ms Berejiklian said more cases of mutated strains of Covid-19 in the UK and South Africa would present themselves among Australians returning home and spending time in hotel quarantine systems.

She also believes mask use will be mandatory for the foreseeable future.

NSW recorded a new locally acquired Covid-19 case within 24 hours until 8 p.m. Friday.

Sydney residents wearing face masks take to the streets of the CBD for shopping

Sydney residents wearing face masks take to the streets of the CBD for shopping

Sydney residents wearing face masks take to the streets of the CBD for shopping

The single local infection was a contact of a case linked to the Berala cluster, which now has 21, and came from more than 25,000 tests.

There were also five new cases among travelers in hotel quarantine.

Australia faces an anxious wait to see if the highly contagious British version of the virus has spread from Brisbane.

Greater Brisbane is halfway through a three-day lockdown after a cleaner in a quarantine hotel was diagnosed with Britain’s most infectious strain.

The NSW government then ordered anyone in the state who has been in Greater Brisbane since January 2 to comply with the same regulations.

Travelers to the region will only be able to leave their accommodation until 6:00 p.m. on Mondays to shop, exercise, work, provide care or see a doctor.

Anyone already in transit from Greater Brisbane to NSW must comply with Queensland isolation rules and act as if they have remained in Brisbane.

Health workers stationed at a Merrylands Covid-19 testing clinic in western Sydney

Health workers stationed at a Merrylands Covid-19 testing clinic in western Sydney

Health workers stationed at a Merrylands Covid-19 testing clinic in western Sydney

Ms Berejiklian on Saturday warned residents of NSW that contagious strains from the UK and South Africa are likely to become dominant in countries that fail to suppress transmission of Covid-19.

“It is important for us to learn as much as possible during this period… I also want to stress that we should not attribute these variants to a single country as the so-called British strain now exists in 30 countries”, Mrs Berejiklian m ‘said.

“We have to assume that this strain will become the dominant strain, and it’s important to keep re-evaluating our parameters, to stay vigilant.

Occasional contact alerts were issued for Artisaint Cafe at Crowne Plaza Sydney Burwood and Burwood Bing Lee on January 6.

Those who frequented Westfield Burwood and several stores inside the complex on January 6 and 7 were also asked to watch for symptoms, as were patrons of the costume clothing boutique in Avalon Beach on New Years Eve.

An advance alert for the Sydney Marina restaurant in Pendle Hill has also been upgraded to a casual contact alert, which means customers should request testing.

Coronavirus testing in Merrylands in southwest Sydney, an area of ​​the city with a number of affected sites

Coronavirus testing in Merrylands in southwest Sydney, an area of ​​the city with a number of affected sites

Coronavirus testing in Merrylands in southwest Sydney, an area of ​​the city with a number of affected sites

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