A McDonald’s, a busy bank and an entire hotel have been added to Sydney’s growing list of exposure sites forcing hundreds into strict isolation.
The McDonald’s restaurant on Bondi Beach was listed as an exposure site on Friday June 25 between 11.30am and 12pm while the Meriton Suites Hotel in Mascot has been listed as high-risk from all day on Saturday June 19 and Monday June 21.
Macquarie Bank in Sydney’s CBD was also exposed to Covid-19 on Monday June 21, while a case was linked to the Specsavers in Bondi Junction Eastgate shopping centre.
Earlier on Tuesday even more venues were added to the list of exposure sites.
NSW Health warned anyone who visited Karl’s Charcoal Chicken in Marrickville (pictured) on Wednesday, June 23 between 12.10pm and 12.30pm is a close contact and must get tested and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of their test result
NEW NSW EXPOSURE SITES
Get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result:
Bondi Junction, Specsavers Bondi Junction Eastgate – June 26 from 3.50pm-5pm
Bondi Beach, McDonald’s – June 25 from 11.30am – 12pm
Randwick, A Man and His Monkey Cafe – June 20 from 1pm-2.30pm
Sydney, Macquarie Bank (3rd floor) – June 21 from 8.30am-6.30pm
Get tested and isolate until a negative result:
Mascot, Meriton Suites Hotel – June 19 all day, June 21 all day
Double Bay, The Good Filo Express Double Bay – June 21 from 7.30am-8am
Sydney, Macquarie Bank (excluding 3rd floor) – June 21 from 8.30am-6.30pm
Bondi, Organic Republic Bakery – June 20 from 9am-10am, June 21 from 8.30am-9.30am and June 24 from 8.30am-9.30am
Rose Bay, Domino’s Pizza Rose Bay – June 26 from 1.25pm – 1.40pm
Blaxland, Supa IGA Blaxland – June 27 from 6am – 4pm
Karl’s Charcoal Chicken in Marrickville has been listed as a high-risk site, while a number of train lines between Town Hall and the city’s south were added as casual contacts.
Anyone who visited Karl’s at G013/20 Smidmore Street on Wednesday 23 June between 12.10pm and 12.30pm must immediately be tested and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.
Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi in the Bondi Junction Westfield were also added to the exposure list, with their contact coming on Friday June 25, the lead-up to the areas lockdown.
The public health alerts issued late on Monday come after the state recorded 18 new locally acquired infections, bringing the total number of cases linked to the ever-growing Bondi cluster to 130.
JB Hi-Fi in Bondi Junction Westfield was also added to the exposure list, with anyone who visited the store on Friday, June 25 told to get tested immediately and isolate.
The T3 train line as well as five T4 trains were exposed to the virus on Wednesday June 23 and Thursday June 24. Pictured: A Sydney train
Bus and train routes declared Covid exposure sites
Anyone who travelled on the following train routes at the listed times is considered a casual contact and must immediately get tested and self-isolate until a negative result is received.
T4 Train Line from Town Hall to Sydenham on Wednesday, June 23 departed 6:25am – arrived 6:36am
T4 Train Line from Sydneham to Town Hall Wednesday, June 23 departed 4pm – arrived 4:13pm.
T4 Train Line from Hurstville to Wolli Creek, Thursday June 24 departed 12:47pm – arrived 12:56pm.
T4 Train Line from Town Hall to Sydneham, Thursday June 24 departed 6:35am – arrived 6:40am
T4 Train Line from Wolli Creek to Hurstville, Thursday June 24 departed 11:10am – arrived 11:22am.
T3 Train Line from Sydenham to Town Hall, Thursday June 24 departed 3:48pm – arrived 4:02pm.
Drummoyne to Town Hall. 504 bus from Lyons Road to Stand H Park Street Town Hall, Wednesday June 23, departed 6:07am – arrived 6:22am.
Town Hall to Drummoyne. 503 bus from Stand K Park Street Town Hall to Drummoyne Fire Station, Wednesday June 23 departed 4:24pm – arrived 4:43pm.
Drummoyne to Drummoyne. 490 bus. Lyons Road at Formosa Street to Lyons Road Gipps Street, Wednesday June 23, departed 5:12pm – arrived 5:16pm
Drummoyne to Town Hall. 504 bus from Lyons Road to Stand H Park Street Town Hall, Thursday June 24 departed 6:08am – arrived 6:25am
Town Hall to Drummoyne. 500X bus from Stand K, Park Street Town Hall to Victoria Road after Lyons Street, June 24 departed 4:12pm – 4:26pm.
Drummoyne to Drummoyne. 492 bus from Lyons Road to Rodd Point shops, Friday June 25 departed 4:25pm – arrived 4:30pm.
Drummoyne to Drummoyne. 490 bus from Lyons Road to Rodd Point shops, Friday June 25 departed 8:42am – arrived 8:47am.
Drummoyne to Haberfield. 406 bus from Rodd Point shops to Dalhousie Street before Parramatta Road, Friday June 25 departed 8:48am – arrived 8:54am.
Haberfield to Five Dock. 406 bus from Dalhousie Street to Ramsey Road, Friday June 25 departed 9:23am – arrived 9:32am.
Five Dock to Drummoyne. 503 bus from Five Dock shops Great Northern Road to Lyons Road at Byrne Avenue, Friday June 25 departed 9:53am – arrived 10:02am.
Pictured: Commuters are seen boarding a bus in Sydney as multiple train and bus routes were flagged as Covid exposure sites.
Sydney, Wollongong, the Blue Mountains, Shellharbour and the Central Coast are just two days into a 14-day lockdown.
Residents and anyone who has worked in Sydney in the last two weeks are only allowed to leave home to shop for food or other essential goods and services, give medical care or for compassionate needs, to exercise outdoors with a maximum of ten people, or for essential work or education.
Masks must be worn at all indoor public venues, while hospitality venues and pubs are only permitted to stay open to serve takeaway.
Households will not be allowed to have any visitors, although there are exceptions for intimate partners that don’t live with each other who are permitted to visit each other’s homes.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said workers and students can only leave the house if they are unable to get educated or work from home.
Many people were seen walking in Sydney (two women are pictured at Bondi Beach on Sunday) as the city started its two-week lockdown
Fifteen of the 18 new cases are linked to the Bondi cluster while three were acquired overseas (pictured, people in Sydney’s locked-down CBD on Monday)
Ms Berejiklian said about six of the state’s new cases were in isolation for their entire infectious period, while more were isolated for part of the same period.
‘Unfortunately some were active in the community. As Dr Kerry Chant has told us already, the cases we are seeing today are a reflection of what may have occurred in the previous week and obviously there is a lag time,’ she told reporters on Monday.
Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said officials will need to wait ‘at least another five days’ to reap the benefits of lockdown.
‘It is important the community understands that the numbers are not expected to decline for another five days,’ she said.
With Australia on the brink of an out-of-control nationwide outbreak, the national cabinet met on Monday to discuss the unfolding situation with lockdowns and tighter restrictions being enforced around the country.
Scott Morrison later announced vaccination of aged care workers and everyone in the hotel quarantine system is to be made mandatory under a move endorsed by the cabinet.
This includes anyone who worked, either directly or indirectly, in hotel quarantine – including drivers.
In a change of policy to help the lagging Covid rollout, the Prime Minister also confirmed anyone under 60 can now get the AstraZeneca jab if they want to, despite earlier advice that younger people should get a different jab.
The decisions come as Australia’s growing coronavirus outbreaks have reignited calls for vaccinations to be increased amid concern about the highly contagious Indian Delta strain sweeping across Sydney.
Sydney’s soaring outbreak began when an unvaccinated limo driver transporting flight crew caught the virus and started unknowingly spreading it around Bondi.
The prime minister said the mandatory vaccines would apply to anyone who worked, either directly or indirectly, in hotel quarantine – including drivers. He is pictured visiting a vaccine manufacturing facility in February
The national cabinet decision comes as outbreaks have reignited calls for vaccinations to be increased Pictured: Staff are seen leaving Arcare Aged Care facility in Melbourne last month
Asked whether those under 40 could receive the AstraZeneca jab, as the nation waits for shipments of Pfizer, Mr Morrison said Australians could do so after seeking medical advice.
‘If they are willing to go and speak to their doctor and have access to the AstraZeneca vaccine, they can do so. So the answer is yes, they can go and do that,’ he said.
Mr Morrison said national cabinet has agreed on an indemnity scheme for GPs to give the AstraZeneca vaccine to Australians under the age of 60 who are willing to accept the extremely rare blood clot risk.
Indemnity schemes offer insurance cover to professionals and business owners in the event of an adverse incident caused by the practitioner’s misjudgement.
‘If you wish to get the AstraZeneca vaccine, then we would encourage you to go and have that discussion with your GP, and we’ve already made announcements to support those additional consultations with the GPs so you can have that conversation,’ he said.
‘And secondly, we are also providing the indemnity scheme for those general practitioners, so they can actively engage with you, and you can make the best decision for your health.’
In May, the federal government announced the Pfizer vaccine was the recommended shot for people under 50 after AstraZeneca was linked to rare blood-clotting condition thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS), which has caused two deaths in Australia.
KEY POINTS FROM EMERGENCY NATIONAL CABINET
- Scott Morrison revealed that quarantine workers, including those only indirectly working in the program, now have to be vaccinated
- The same applies to aged care workers, who will need to have at least one dose by mid-September this year
- Travellers in hotel quarantine must also do an additional Covid test 2-3 days after they finish the 14 day isolation
- ‘Two to three days after having left that quarantine facility, get a test. We will be requiring it. We seek your cooperation,’ he said.
- The Commonwealth also signed off an $11million grant program to help related facilities get staff vaccinated
- An indemnity scheme has been put in place for GPs to give AstraZeneca to anyone under 60 who is willing and accepts the very rare risk of blood clots