NSW records 10 new cases, Queensland reports one

Daniel Fowler
June 22, 2021

There was an unlinked case of a primary school student from a St Charles in Waverly in Sydney's east, which is in the same geographical location as Bondi Junction though there is not a link yet.

There are now no plans for a lockdown to be introduced, Ms Berejiklian said, because all but one case has been linked to known infections.

"This decision follows a public health assessment today which determined that while the overall risk to public health in New Zealand now remains low, there are still several unknowns", a release from NZ's COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said.

"We will extend it to all of Greater Sydney... excluding the Central Coast and the Hunter", she said.

"It is only when you are eating or drinking indoors at a venue that you can't or shouldn't wear a mask", Berejiklian said.

The three new cases included in Tuesday's numbers include a woman in her 60s from the Illawarra, a woman in her 40s from Sydney's northern suburbs, and a woman in her 20s from the eastern suburbs who is believed to have contracted the virus through "fleeting contact" while working at Westfield Bondi Junction.

Two previously reported cases have now recovered.

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There are now 21 cases linked to the Bondi cluster.

New Zealand and several Australian states have announced the removal of travel restrictions imposed last month as dozens of cases were detected in Melbourne and the city endured a two-week lockdown. "We did expect that household contacts [of existing cases] already in isolation were likely to get the virus".

"This follows a decision by New South Wales public health officials last night to classify the entire Westfield Bondi Junction mall and its vehicle park as a location of interest, not just the particular shops earlier identified". The number of active cases in New Zealand is 20, as one previously confirmed case has now been classified as under investigation.

"But sharing the same airspace without any physical contact has still meant the virus has managed to transfer".

Authorities are now also asking anyone who was at Westfield Bondi Junction (including the auto park) at any time between 12 June and 18 June to get tested for COVID-19.

A total of 28,645 tests were confirmed in the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday.

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