A Covid-infected Bondi Junction worker attended a house party with 30 people, spreading the virus to eight others without realising he was infected.
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant announced on Wednesday that 13 cases of coronavirus were recorded overnight, bringing Sydney’s eastern suburbs cluster to 31.
The majority of the new cases stem from a birthday party on Monday in West Huxton, in the city’s west, which was attended by a man who works at Bondi Junction Westfield.
The man, aged in his 30s, went to the event while he was infectious but not suffering any symptoms. He was tested the next day when symptoms developed.
Eight of the 13 new cases announced on Wednesday are linked to a birthday party in Sydney’s west that was attended by an unknowingly infectious worker from Bondi Junction Westfield (pictured)
Eight other partygoers came forward for testing on Tuesday and were ordered by health officials to isolate immediately.
Dr Chant said the outbreak demonstrates how quickly transmission can occur.
‘There were about 30 people at that gathering in a house,’ Dr Chant said.
‘The person was unknowingly infectious and did not have symptoms. Those individuals would have unknowingly had the infection on Monday.
In light of the new cases, Ms Berejiklian has introduced a raft of new restrictions across the state as authorities battles to contain the highly infectious Delta strain outbreak.
Ms Berejiklian says the restrictions are ‘effective immediately’ for Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has introduced a raft of new restrictions across Sydney in light of the growing outbreak
The so-called Bondi cluster, which began last week, now stands at 31 after a Sydney airport limousine driver tested positive to the highly infectious Delta variant, which quickly started spreading at Bondi Junction’s busy Westfield shopping centre.
‘Please abandon non-essential activities, please don’t attend social gatherings unless you absolutely must,’ the premier said on Wednesday.
‘I am not going to rule out further action.’
Residents who live or work in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, and Woollahra local government areas cannot travel outside the metropolitan area unless it’s absolutely essential.
The man, aged in his 30s, attended a birthday party in West Hoxton on Monday while unknowingly infectious
‘We don’t want the virus to spread to the regions,’ Ms Berejiklian said.
NSW recorded 10 locally acquired cases to 8pm on Tuesday, seven of which were already announced.
The additional 13 cases were reported after 8pm, and will be counted in Thursday’s official tally.
Overall, there have been 16 new cases taking the total number of infections to 31, from 21 on Tuesday.
Under the new restrictions, household visitors are limited to five people, including children and masks are now compulsory in non-residential indoor settings – including workplaces – and at outdoor events.
Masks must also be worn to gym classes, which limited to 20 people.
Sydney’s eastern suburbs cluster has ballooned to 31 after 13 new Covid cases were recorded overnight. Pictured: The Bondi Beach Drive-through COVID-19 Clinic with long lines stretching along Campbell Parade on June 23
More than 44,000 tests were completed in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday.
The spike in infections is a blow for the state and most school holiday plans are now in chaos.
Just two days before public schools break for two weeks, Queensland followed Victoria and New Zealand by imposing bans on travellers from much of Sydney.
From 1am Thursday, Queensland will close its border to people from the City of Sydney and the Woollahra, Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner West, and Randwick local government areas. Waverley was already on the list.
‘To keep Queenslanders safe, we will be following exactly what Victoria has announced last night,’ Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
‘This advice may have to be updated during the course of the day or into the evening.’
Other Australian states have imposed border restrictions for people from the hotspot areas, with Victoria on Tuesday declared seven Sydney local government areas ‘red zones’.
Earlier on Wednesday, NSW Health issued a health alert after a person infected with the virus flew from Sydney to New Zealand and back.
The alert was for passengers travelling on Qantas flight QF163 on Friday night to Wellington, and anyone who flew on Monday morning on Air New Zealand flight NZ247 from Wellington to Sydney.
Passengers on board those flights must contact NSW Health immediately, get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.
Meanwhile, a childcare centre 60km southwest of Sydney’s CBD, confirmed in a Facebook post it was closed for deep cleaning after a child who attended the centre on Monday tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday night.
‘The girl and her family are doing well and resting at home,’ Little Zak’s Academy in Narellan Vale posted on Wednesday.
NEW COVID-19 RULES FOR GREATER SYDNEY
From 4pm Wednesday for one week:
Visitors to households will be limited to 5 guests – including children;
Masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events;
Drinking while standing at indoor venues will not be allowed;
Singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed;
Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings for the bridal party only (no more than 20 people);
Dance and gym classes limited to 20 per class (masks must be worn);
The one person per four square metre rule will be re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals;
Outdoor seated events will be limited to 50% seated capacity;
Previous public transport capacity limits, represented by green dots, will be reintroduced