An expert has weighed in on whether she thinks Sydney’s circuit-breaker lockdown will last for more than a week.
Professor Catherine Bennett, chair in epidemiology at Deakin University, said the lockdown was unlike others seen across the country in the past.
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“This lockdown isn’t about trying to stop the virus itself, it’s not an intervention in its own right,” she told Weekend Sunrise on Saturday.
“What this is is really helping the health department by in effect, putting everybody in those risk areas who has lived or worked there, into quarantine.
“So that when they do identify those contacts, they’re already quarantined and then it’s a matter of figuring out who needs to stay in quarantine by the end of the week.”
She said health authorities would be “optimistic” that a week is what it would take, and said it could even be less.
“We’ll know over the next few days how many cases are linked to this rapidly spreading virus so that they can know that they’re on top of it.”
All but one case in the cluster was linked to a known outbreak prior to Friday’s daily numbers – being a nine-year-old student at a primary school in the eastern suburbs.
There were 22 new cases on Friday, all bar three of which were immediately linked to known outbreaks.
Seventeen of those cases were detected outside of Thursday’s 24-hour reporting period and will be included in Saturday’s numbers.
The spike in cases did, however, result in the implementation of a seven-day lockdown for four local government areas in Sydney.
The LGAs – Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick and the City of Sydney – are subject to stay-at-home orders until midnight next Friday.
Residents or people who regularly work in the area must not leave home unless for one of four specified reasons.
The only reasons to leave home are to work or study, to exercise outdoors, to seek or give care or for essential shopping.
As the number of cases rises, so too does the number of exposure sites.
There were 18 new venues added to NSW Health’s alert list overnight, many of which are outside of the four LGAs.
Sydney’s COVID-19 Exposure Sites
Anyone who attended the following is considered a close contact.
They should seek testing and isolate for 14 days, regardless of result:
- Fresh Nails, Level 1, Westfield Bondi Junction on Tuesday, June 15 between 2.30pm-5pm and all day on Thursday, June 17.
- Hugo’s Manly on Saturday, June 19 between 5.30pm-8.15pm.
- The Boathouse, Shelly Beach on Saturday, June 20 between 8.35am-11.40am.
- Lyfe Cafe in Bondi Beach all day on Tuesday, June 22 and all day on Wednesday, June 23.
- Chemist Warehouse in Maroubra on Thursday, June 24 between 9am-9.30am.
- Haldon Street Medical Centre waiting room in Lakemba on Thursday, June 24 between 10.15am-10.30am.
- PappaRich Restaurant, Little Saigon Pizza in Bankstown on Thursday, June 24 between 1.30pm-4pm.
Additionally, anyone who attended the Reading Cinema in Auburn for the 6.30pm screening of Fast and Furious 9 on Sunday, June 20, should contact NSW Health, test and self-isolate until further advice.
Anyone who has been at the following venues is considered a casual contact.
They should seek testing and self-isolate until a negative result is returned:
- Chemist Warehouse in Bondi Beach on Monday, June 21 between 9am-10am.
- Oporto, Casula Central Shopping Complex on Tuesday, June 22 between 12.50pm-1pm.
- Pasta Italia Cucina, Casula Central Shopping Complex on Tuesday, June 22 between 1pm-1.10pm.
- Woolworths Top Ryde City Shopping Centre on Tuesday, June 22 between 5pm-5.15pm.
- Coles Top Ryde City Shopping Centre on Tuesday, June 22 between 5.10pm-5.25pm.
- Macquarie Shopping Centre food court (level 2) on Wednesday, June 23 between 2pm-2.30pm.
- Oliver Brown, Ground Floor, East Village Shopping Centre on Wednesday, June 23 between 5.15pm-5.30pm.
- Coles, East Village Shopping Centre on Wednesday, June 23 between 5.15pm-5.30pm.
- Woolworths, Royal Randwick Shopping Centre on Thursday, June 24 between 10.30am-10.45am.
- Rebel, Bankstown Shopping Centre on Thursday, June 24 between 3.45pm-4.30pm.
Commuters on the following trains are also casual contacts, and should seek testing and isolate until a negative result is returned:
- T8 Airport and South Line from Mascot to Central on Saturday, June 19, departing at 5.26pm and arriving at 5.33pm.
- T2 Inner West and Leppington Line from Central to Glenfield on Saturday, June 19, departing at 5.37pm and arriving at 6.38pm.
Further, anyone who attended the following should monitor for symptoms and seek testing if they present:
- Rouse Hill Town Centre on Monday, June 21 between 11am-11.30am.
- Parramatta Westfield on Wednesday, June 23 between 11.45am-12.20pm.
A full list of active exposure sites can be seen here.