Restrictions extended for another week as Bondi Covid-19 cluster grows

By: Sahar Mourad

NSW is set to endure another week of restrictions as the Bondi Covid-19 cluster grows.

The state recorded a further five cases of the virus in the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday night – two of them were announced on Sunday.

After 8pm, NSW Health was informed of a further seven new locally acquired cases which will be included in Wednesday’s numbers.

The increase in numbers have prompted NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to extend current restrictions for another week.

The rules now include all of Greater Sydney, excluding NSW’s Central Coast and Hunter regions.

“It is only when you are eating or drinking indoors at a venue that you can’t or shouldn’t wear a mask,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“In every other circumstance, if you live or are in Sydney, you must wear a mask for another week beyond Wednesday, midnight.”

The cases:
• a woman in her 50s from Sydney’s northern suburbs. She is a close contact of a previously reported case and has been in isolation.
• a man in his 30s from Sydney’s eastern suburbs. He is a close contact of a previously reported case and has been in isolation.
• a woman in her 60s from the Illawarra. She is a close contact of a previously reported case and has been in isolation.
• a woman in her 40s from Sydney’s northern suburbs. She is a close contact of a previously reported case and has been in isolation.
• a woman in her 20s from the eastern suburbs. She is linked to the Bondi cluster. Further investigations are underway.