One of NSW’s top public health officials has refused to rule out plunging Sydney into lockdown to contain the city’s latest COVID-19 outbreak.
The state recorded 10 new cases of the virus on Tuesday, taking the number in the Bondi cluster to 21.
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When asked on Wednesday whether a snap shutdown of Sydney was on the cards, Dr Jeremy McAnulty told Sunrise the state would “continue to adjust” restrictions “as required.”
“Throughout each day we are looking at those settings and looking at the cases so that we’ve got the right response in place,” the Executive Director of the New South Wales COVID-19 Public Health Response Branch said.
Masks are now mandatory in indoor settings and on public transport, however other restrictions are yet to be introduced.
Dr McAnulty suggested a tightening of the rules would not be necessary if testing numbers are high and the public “regularly and routinely” checks the list of exposure sites and isolates as required.
“Our message for everyone is we need to be on top of this and very cautious,” he added.
“We need to keep those testing numbers high, we need to get lots of people tested so we find cases early.
“We really need to find people who have the infection so we can then protect them and their family and friends and do the public health measures around them to stop the spreading.”