The state’s health department revealed on Friday it had been informed of 11 cases acquired locally overnight in New South Wales, following 11 infections within 24 hours to 8 p.m. a day earlier .
NSW Health said 65 cases were linked to a cluster in Bondi. Authorities previously said the latest outbreak, which represents the first infections in the state in more than a month, was associated with a driver who carries airline crews overseas and visited several locations in Sydney, including a shopping center in Bondi.
This has prompted the state to reintroduce the wearing of masks in indoor situations, but also poses a broader political issue for leaders given that Australia has one of the least vaccinated populations in the world.
Those who live or whose usual place of work is in central Sydney and parts of the affluent eastern suburbs, would be subject to stay-at-home orders until midnight July 2, Gladys said on Friday. Berejiklian, Premier of New South Wales.
These include advice from Waverley, which includes Bondi, as well as advice from Woollahra, Randwick and the City of Sydney.
Affected residents can only leave their homes for essential activities or services. Several other areas of the city are already subject to closures and residents are prohibited from traveling outside of the Sydney metropolis for non-essential reasons.
NSW, a state of nearly 8.2 million people (of which more than 5.3 million live in Sydney), has confirmed 5,507 cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic and 56 related deaths. New Zealand this week suspended its travel bubble with the state, which had exempted travelers from mandatory hotel quarantine.
Although Australia was among the countries that did well last year in keeping coronavirus outbreaks small and contained, the uptake of vaccination has been slow.
According to the FT tracker, only 4.4% of the population is fully vaccinated, at a time when more and more transmissible variants of Covid-19 are spreading around the world.