Covid crisis in three notorious Sydney public housing towers after a dozen residents test positive and vaccination nurses rush door to door
A notorious public housing estate has been shut down and hundreds of vulnerable residents ordered to remain inside after a new Covid cluster emerged there, sparking fears it is ‘riddled’ with the virus.
Twelve people from three public housing towers at 43 to 57 Morehead Street, Redfern, tested positive for Covid NSW Health confirmed, sending nurses rushing from unit to unit to test and vaccinate residents, many of whom are elderly.
The residents have been instructed to remain inside and avoid lifts, exits and entries in the three adjacent 17-storey blocks, which together make up a notorious estate known to be regularly visited by Redfern police.
The notorious public housing estate at 57 Morehead Street, Redfern, has been shut down and residents ordered to remain inside after a new Covid cluster emerged there sparking fears it is ‘riddled’ with the virus
A resident from the Kendall block on Morehead Street, Redfern is monitored after receiving a vaccination
Residents of the three public housing towers on Morehead Street Redfern are being told to stay indoors and self-isolate until they get a negative Covid test after a cluster emerged there
‘Twelve people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 across three social housing buildings on Morehead St, Redfern,’ a NSW Health statement provided to Daily Mail Australia said.
‘The three buildings are home to more than 630 people.’
The fear is the virus may have spread to the towers either side of the Lawson block, which are called the Kendall and Gilmore blocks.
There are also concerns that virus could easily spread from Morehead Street a few streets south into the public housing estates of Waterloo.
These are home to some of the poorest people in the inner Sydney. Many are pensioners and people with chronic public health issues.
Some residents in all three towers were also informed in a letter put under their doors to stay home for 14 days, news.com.au reported.
Others reported being told they were considered casual contacts and must get tested and self-isolate until a negative test is confirmed.
A resident in one of the towers, Tim, 51, said the rumour was the towers are ‘riddled’ with Covid.
NSW Health confirmed the residents had tested positive after mass testing nearby.
It has also been reported that a mobile vaccination team went door to door testing people and giving residents their first vaccination doses.
There are concerns that virus could easily spread from Morehead Street a few streets south into the public housing estates of Waterloo, which are home to many pensioners and people with chronic public health issues
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