NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has appealed for citizens to assume they have coronavirus and act accordingly in an effort to curb the continued rise in new diagnoses.
Berejiklian described the actions of Australians who continued to flout social distancing rules and self-isolation mandates as “heartbreaking”.
The premier pleaded for people to maintain social distancing and stay in the homes as much as possible. The appeal comes as NSW reports a further 212 new cases of the virus, bringing the states total to 1617.
The state had experienced a brief drop in case numbers the past few days but the new cases set the curve on the ascent once more.
The number of cases that relate to the Ruby Princess docking in Sydney Harbour has risen from nine to 171.
Strict quarantine measures will come into place for those arriving into Australia from midnight. Residents returning from overseas will now face 14-day quarantine at a hotel or accommodation in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.
Berejiklian called for young people to take the virus more seriously, saying they can’t feel as though they are “immune from this disease”.
“There are still a proportion of the community who are not doing the right thing, and that is heartbreaking,” she said.
“So make sure you keep distance from people unless it is your immediate family that you are always in contact with.
“All of us have to assume that we have it, so we make sure we exercise precaution at every turn.
“This is the best way we can contain the spread and the best way we can have some comfort that there won’t be stricter conditions that people will find very difficult to live with.”
NSW Health Chief Medical Officer Kerry Chant said community transmissions have increased to170 cases. Chant said given the rise in numbers it is vital people maintain social distancing and self-isolation regimes.
“I am really keen to reinforce the message that the Premier has been providing about the importance of the adherence to the social distancing measures and the compliance with the isolation requirements,” she said.
“It is critical that we get compliance, to see a downturn in that community transmission and I urge the community to take this matter seriously and please comply.”
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