Australia’s most populous city is on alert on Monday after recording two new locally acquired coronavirus infections, as a cluster in Sydney’s eastern suburbs grows to nine cases.
Alison McMillan, Australia’s chief nursing and midwifery officer, said on Sunday that both new cases are already known as close contacts and are in quarantine.
“I think it’s really important that we remind everybody that what we’re seeing here with some cases across the country means that Covid-19 has not gone away,” she said.
A man in his 50s is believed to have caught the virus while shopping at the Myer department store in the suburb of Bondi Junction at the same time as a limousine driver who is believed to be at the centre of the latest outbreak.
The chair of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness, Jane Halton, said NSW was likely to experience tougher restrictions if not enough people came forward for testing.