Sydneysiders are waking to tougher restrictions this morning as new measures to stem the flow of COVID infections came into force overnight.
Following a surge in new cases, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has instigated further measures to restrict movement in the Greater Sydney region.
NSW Health authorities recorded 18 positive COVID-19 infections including six linked to the new “Croydon cluster”. All six cases are members of an extended family who had close contact over Christmas.
Health authorities are still attempting to establish a link to pre-existing cases and the premier suggested more cases will likely emerge in the coming week.
“The Croydon cluster is of concern because there are no direct links at this stage, Berejiklian said.
“We anticipate because of the nature of that extended family’s movements that there will be more cases from that cluster.”
NSW Health Minister urges caution
“Certainly any symptoms – we’ve said this a thousand times – any symptoms, don’t visit your family or friends, because you may be the one who carries it into that household,” he said.
“And anybody who is having friends around, make sure that no more than five people come to your home. And I would say, I mean, it’s obvious that when we have someone come into our home that they tend to be close to us and therefore we take chances in terms of kissing and cuddling and so on, but don’t do it. Don’t do it for the moment.
“Have them in your household, enjoy their company, but don’t get too close. Maintain that 1.5m social distancing. You’re doing them a favour, you’re doing yourself a favour, you’re doing your community a favour.”