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Sydney to mask up again after spike in COVID-19 cases

Sydney to mask up again after spike in COVID-19 cases”

The Government is set to announce if there are any new cases of the virus in the community and in managed isolation.

In response, the government has reimposed mandatory mask-wearing in public transport and retail outlets across much of greater Sydney, but it has stopped short of ordering a lockdown.

Passengers on two worldwide flights between Australia and New Zealand are on high alert after potentially being exposed to coronavirus.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the case number will continue to grow as more household contacts of cases test positive in coming days.

Of the seven cases detected overnight, six are household contacts of previously identified cases and have been isolating.

Of the five, the two announced yesterday were both close contacts of previously reported cases and have both been in isolation.

"This decision follows a public health assessment today which determined that while the overall risk to public health in New Zealand now remains low, there are still several unknowns, including a case that was infectious while in the Sydney community and a primary school age child with no clear link established at present".

The seventh case is a child who attends St Charles Catholic Primary School in Waverley and the source of the infection is now unknown.

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The third is a woman in her 20s from Sydney's eastern suburbs.

There are now 21 cases linked to the Bondi cluster.

New Zealand health authorities have also urged travellers from the state who have been to a location of interest to isolate and get tested.

"Unfortunately, a number of people who contracted the virus have done so in a very fleeting way", Ms Berejiklian said.

Five would be required to isolate for 14 days and be tested twice in that time, and all had returned a negative first test.

Authorities are now also asking anyone who was at Westfield Bondi Junction (including the vehicle park) at any time between 12 June and 18 June to get tested for COVID-19.

Anyone who was at The Royal Bondi (and not Totti's specifically) during the same time period is considered a casual contact and must get tested and isolate until negative result is received.

Three of the new cases were recorded before 8pm whereas three cases were also confirmed today, including a woman in her 60s from Illawarra and a woman in her 40s from Sydney's northern suburbs.



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