Breaking News: NSW and Sydney Shutdown.
Almost everything will begin to shut down this week, with non essential services closing.
The measures could last for up to 6 months.
As the COVID-19 crisis escalates, the Premier of New South Wales is moving to shut down Sydney and New South Wales.
All non essential places of work, including offices and Universities are going to all be shut.
Restaurants, pubs, clubs and cafes will be forced to close. Schools are likely to be shut in the week as well.
Parts of Sydney are likely facing lockdown as pockets of Covid-19 arise in certain suburbs. The Prime Minister alluded to the “draconian measures” earlier today.
The Premier released a statement Sunday afternoon.
“NSW will proceed to a more comprehensive shutdown of non-essential services. This will take place over the next 48 hours” – Premier Gladys Berejiklian
Only supermarkets, pharmacies, petrol stations, convenience stores and freight networks will be allowed to operate.
Everything else will need to shut down.
There are now 500 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New South Wales; mostly in Sydney.
Statement from NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian
Breaking News on this decision on 7 News Sydney
Earlier it was announced that domestic travel in Australia would be banned. Only absolutely essential travel would take place between Australia’s states and territories and between towns and cities.
On Saturday night new data showed Australia had more than 1,000 Covid-19 cases, with an exploration in cases in Sydney.
On Sunday morning, there were 533 cases of Covid-19 in NSW and 7 deaths.
46 cases have been contracted locally without an identified source of infection.
The latest cases include a cluster in Bondi. Backpackers from overseas had been diagnosed, just hours after Bondi Beach was closed after being packed on Friday.
“Several new diagnoses of COVID-19 have been made in backpackers in the Bondi area,” NSW Health said on Sunday in a statement.
“There were two recent parties that some of the cases attended where the cases may have acquired their infections.” Those two parties were the Boogie Wonderland party at the Bucket List on March 15 and a party at Club 77 on the same date.
Ryan is Contributing Editor