Masks now mandatory at indoor venues and public transport across Greater Sydney

  • Masks now mandatory at indoor venues and public transport across Greater Sydney

Masks now mandatory at indoor venues and public transport across Greater Sydney

The latest surge in cases has led NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to extend the state's mask mandate for all indoor public venues to midnight next Wednesday, 30 June.

The official case tally for Tuesday was five cases, including two announced on Monday.

According to 9 News, Queensland closed its border to anyone who had been to the Waverley area in NSW or in a hotspot in the last 14 days, while anyone who was already in Queensland was required to go into managed isolation at their own cost.

A woman in her 20s from Sydney's eastern suburbs who works at Bondi Junction also tested positive.

She added Dr Chant "foresaw" more cases in the cluster in household contacts.

The growing outbreak in Sydney's east is at a critical phase, health authorities say, as "scarily fleeting" transmission is driven by the highly-contagious Delta variant of the virus.

"Unfortunately, a number of people who contracted the virus have done so in a very fleeting way, literally being within less than a metre of somebody but sharing the same airspace without any physical contact has still meant the virus has transferred", Ms Berejiklian said.

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.

"If we suddenly have a number of unlinked cases and if we suddenly have them outside the geographic region they are concentrated in, that will obviously adjust the health advice and we will respond to that", she said. In response, the government has reimposed mandatory mask-wearing in public transport and retail outlets across much of greater Sydney, but it has stopped short of ordering a lockdown.

A total of 28,645 tests were confirmed in the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday. Sixteen people in New Zealand had been identified as having been in locations of interest in NSW and have been told to stay at home and be tested.

Passengers on three busy bus routes - visiting Baulkham Hills, Sydney, Northmead, Parramatta, Winston Hills, Haymarket and Newtown - were also listed as close or casual contacts. Residents of Sydney's eastern suburbs and Wollongong have been asked to be "especially vigilant".