Eleven persons who attended an unlawful party on a beach in the eastern suburbs of Sydney tested positive for Covid, as NSW confronts a growing Covid outbreak.
Eleven people who attended an unlawful beachside party in Sydney's east have tested positive for Covid, as the state's case count continues to rise.
Dr Kerry Chant, chief health officer, condemned the gathering in Maroubra that was hosted in violation of public health directives during Friday's state report.
'There was a meeting in Maroubra, and 11 attendees tested positive,' a visibly unhappy Dr Chant explained.
'I understand why people are exhausted and weary. However, we cannot allow that to happen, since it would result in an escalation of instances related with incidents that are not permitted at the moment.'
NSW reported 642 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and four deaths as municipal areas of concern in western Sydney were closed and the city's lockdown was prolonged until September 30.
Guy Sebastian stated on Friday that his Maroubra neighbourhood needs to implement curfews after a party in the vicinity resulted in fresh covid cases.
'I live in Maroubra,' the 39-year-old told his 367,000 followers on Twitter.
'If people were inconsiderate enough to have a party that resulted in 11 +ive instances, I will bear the brunt of their acts,' he stated.
'If individuals in the West have curfews, we should as well. Our community does not believe we are superior to anyone.'
Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of New South Wales, and Kerry Chant, Chief Health Officer, have frequently and vehemently rejected that curfews serve as a public health strategy.
Curfews between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. will be implemented across western Sydney's 12 local government areas of concern from Monday.
Additionally, residents in these locations would be limited to one hour of exercise each day, and the NSW Police will be given the authority to lock down entire residential blocks in the event of COVID-19 violations.
Masks will also be required at all times - indoors and out - across New South Wales beginning Monday.
'This is also for police; it makes it easier for them to ensure that everyone is following the laws,' Ms Berejiklian explained. 'This (means) mask-wearing outdoors unless you're exercising.
COVID-19 vaccinations will also be mandatory for NSW healthcare workers by the end of next month.
By September 30, all healthcare personnel must have had at least one vaccination.
Cate Faehrmann, the Greens' health spokesman, praised the development but said it should have occurred sooner.
Around 80 healthcare workers at St George Hospital in Sydney are being isolated this week owing to COVID exposure on the cancer unit.
The administration is presently considering ways to grant additional freedom to vaccinated people in September, when the state reaches six million vaccinations, but has not yet done so.