Eleven people attending an illegal party at a beach in Sydney’s east test positive to Covid as NSW battles growing Covid spike
- Eleven people who attended a party in Sydney’s eastern suburbs Covid positive
- Dr Kerry Chant said illegal gathering was held in beachside suburb of Maroubra
- The state’s delta outbreak began in Sydney’s east in mid-June and moved west
A group of 11 people who attended a beachside party in Sydney’s east have tested positive to Covid as case numbers in NSW refuse to drop.
Speaking at Friday’s state update, chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant called out the illegal gathering in the trendy suburb of Maroubra.
NSW reported 642 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and four deaths as curfews are imposed in western Sydney’s council areas of concern and the city’s lockdown is extended to September 30.
Dr Chant said gatherings like the one in Maroubra must not happen (pictured: nearby Bondi on Friday)
‘There was a gathering in Maroubra, and 11 people attending that gathering have tested positive,’ a clearly frustrated Dr Chant said.
‘I understand why people are tired and fatigued. But we just cannot have that occurring, where we end up with a further escalation of cases associated with events that are not permitted at this time,’ she said.
All of NSW is currently locked down and facing enhanced police compliance measures as authorities battle to contain the spread of the virulent Delta strain.
There were 644 new local cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday, but two were acquired in the ACT and are isolating in southern NSW.
Of those cases, the isolation status of more than 500 remain under investigation.
A permit system will from Saturday also come into force for people travelling between Greater Sydney and regional NSW.
Maroubra, a surfing hotspot in the city’s east, has until now remained largely untouched by the latest delta outbreak (pictured: Maroubra in July)
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said NSW has recorded 642 new Covid cases on Friday with chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant calling out a gathering in Sydney’s east where 11 people caught the virus (pictured: Ms Berejiklian and Dr Chant at Friday’s press conference)
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant have repeatedly and vociferously denied the efficacy of curfews as a public health measure amid the outbreak.
Curfews from 9pm to 5am will nevertheless be imposed in western Sydney’s 12 local government areas of concern from Monday.
People in these areas will also be limited to one hour of exercise, and NSW Police will be given the power to lock down entire apartment blocks due to COVID-19 cases.
Masks will also be mandated at all times – indoors and outdoors – across NSW from Monday.
Greater Sydney’s lockdown has been extended until at least September 30 with residents unable to travel beyond 5km from their houses (pictured: a Bondi resident out for exercise on Friday)
‘This is also for police, it makes it easy for them to make sure that everybody is sticking to the rules so this (means) mask-wearing outdoors unless you’re exercising,’ Ms Berejiklian said.
COVID-19 vaccinations for NSW healthcare workers will also be mandated by the end of next month.
All healthcare workers must have at least one jab by September 30.
Greens health spokesperson Cate Faehrmann in a statement welcomed the change but said it should’ve been made sooner.
Some 80 healthcare workers at Sydney’s St George Hospital are this week isolating due to COVID exposure in the oncology ward.
The government is currently looking at ways to give vaccinated people more freedom in September when the state has reached six million jabs, but is yet to
Residents are allowed to head outside for exercise but must carry face masks (pictured: a Sydney residents on Friday)