Breaking: The likelihood of a new Sydney lockdown is increasing, as over 1000 people have been told to self isolate after a pub cluster increased.
The NSW Premier is warning the population that Sydney will be heading for a Melbourne style lockdown if the situation continues to deteriorate.
This could include localised lockdowns to stop spread to other areas, if the Premier decided to follow the Melbourne strategy.
“Do not be suprised if the government takes decisions to further reduce the risk in the next month in particular of community transmission getting to a stage where it is out of control,” Gladys Berejiklian said.
“We have literally the next few weeks to continue on the strong path we’ve been on, otherwise we will go down the path of Victoria. It’s up to us now,” she said.
People who visited the Crossroads Hotel and Bistro on July 3 and to July 10 have been told to stay at home and away from others and get a test for the virus as soon as possible, even if they have no symptoms.
Several diners and staff who were at the pub on Friday July 3 tested positive this weekend.
There are 9 cases linked to this event.
The Crossroads Hotel in SW Sydney was shut this weekend after the cases were confirmed.
600 people attended the venue the night of July 3
More than a thousand people visited the pub in the following week.
The pub is now closed and is being cleaned by professionals.
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said anyone who visited the pub between July 3 and July 10 should get tested and isolate for 14 days.
There is a Popup drive through testing clinic set up in the pub Carpark.
Authorities are now deeply worried that hundreds of people may have been infected and gone on to spread the virus across New South Wales.
“Even if you get a negative test, that does not mean you are out of the woods and hence we are asking that you isolate yourself for 14 days since you were last at the Crossroads Hotel,” Chant said.
“A negative test does not mean you can breach self-isolation.”
Authorities are deeply worried that people may have spread the virus in recent days to others and extensive contract tracing is underway.
Ryan is Contributing Editor