Bluesfest cancelled, restrictions for Byron Bay after man tests positive

Original article by Mary Ward, Sarah McPhee
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: Online : 1-Apr-21

New South Wales has recorded its first locally-acquired COVID-19 case in 14 days, after a Byron Bay resident tested positive. The man had attended the same venue that hosted a bachelorette party which has been linked to one of the Brisbane clusters. The NSW government has responded by cancelling Byron Bay’s popular Bluesfest music festival and reimposing coronavirus restrictions across four shires in the region. Bluesfest organisers had hoped to attract over 16,000 music fans on each day of the event, which had also been cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

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Released traveller tests positive for coronavirus in NSW

Original article by Nicholas Jensen
The Australian – Page: 5 : 8-Feb-21

New South Wales health officials have advised that a returned traveller from the Wollongong region has tested positive for COVID-19 two days after leaving hotel quarantine. The returned traveller returned two negative tests and had no symptoms of the coronavirus during their 14-day quarantine period. The infection was detected via the state government’s ‘day 16’ testing regime. The person is believed to have contracted the virus before returning to Australia. It is the first case of COVID-19 in NSW outside of hotel quarantine for 21 days.

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In NSW thousands in isolation as cluster threatens regions

Original article by Kieran Gair
The Australian – Page: 5 : 6-Jan-21

New South Wales recorded four new locally acquired COVID-19 cases on 5 January, while an additional case will be added to the total for 6 January. The additional case is a young man who travelled some thousands of kilometres in rural NSW while unknowingly infectious, visiting towns such as Orange and Broken Hill. Shoppers who attended the Berala Woolworths between 20 December and 31 December have been urged to get tested and self-isolate until they get the result, while people from ‘hotspot’ suburbs linked to the Berala cluster will be fined $1,000 if they try to attend the Test at the SCG.

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Avalon outbreak inflicted $3.2bn hit

Original article by Patrick Commins
The Australian – Page: Online : 4-Jan-21

The lockdown of Sydney’s northern beaches because of a COVID-19 outbreak is expected to have resulted in 34 million fewer hours being worked in December, according to modelling by KPMG. KPMG estimates this reduction in working hours would have inflicted a $3.2 billion hit to the economy, and would have reduced Treasury’s forecast that the Australian economy would grow by 3.2 per cent over the three months to December by 0.7 per cent. The Tourism and Transport Forum has separately predicted that Australians would spend $2.6 billion between Christmas Eve and 11 January, compared to an annual average of $5.5 billion in previous years, with the TTF representing large Australian hotel and travel businesses

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NSW records eight new COVID-19 cases, infections at BWS Berala put authorities on edge

Original article by Paige Cockburn
abc.net au – Page: Online : 4-Jan-21

New South Wales recorded eight new cases of locally acquired COVID-19 on 3 January, with five of the eight cases linked to the BWS Berala cluster in Sydney’s west. There is a health alert for anyone who visited the BWS bottle shop on 20 December, and between 22 and 31 December, with over 2,000 people who visited the store having already been contacted by NSW Health. The Berala cluster has now increased to 13, and NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says it is very concerning that transmission of the virus has occurred during only very brief visits to the store.

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How Christmas muddied the decision to ease NSW restrictions

Original article by Tom Rabe,Mary Ward,Jenny Noyes
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: Online : 24-Dec-20

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a "very modest" easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in Sydney’s northern beaches region. The revised rules will apply for three days from 24 December, and will allow households in the local government area to have a limited number of visitors over this period. The number of visitors will depend on whether a resident lives north or south of Narrabeen Bridge. A government minister has conceded that the temporary changes would not have been at any other time of the year. NSW reported eight new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19 on 23 December, while genome sequencing has linked a female healthcare worker to the northern beaches cluster; it was previously thought that she had contracted the virus after driving returned travellers from Sydney Airport to a quarantine hotel.

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Premiers’ $3bn blow to tourism

Original article by Joe Kelly
The Australian – Page: 1 & 5 : 24-Dec-20

Modelling shows that the tourism sector will be hard hit by moves by state governments to close their borders to travellers from New South Wales during the Christmas holiday period. The modelling undertaken by Stafford Strategy on behalf of the Tourism & Transport Forum shows that Australians are set to spend about $2.6bn between 24 December and 11 January, compared with the annual average of around $5.5bn for the period. Federal Tourism Minister Dan Tehan says state borders should be re-opened as soon as possible to support the domestic tourism industry, while TTF CEO Margy Osmond warns that the sector will need ongoing government support.

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Christmas clampdown: NSW limits gatherings as 30 new COVID cases reported

Original article by Calla Wahlquist, Graham Readfearn
The New Daily – Page: Online : 21-Dec-20

The New South Wales government has issued a stay-at-home order for residents of Sydney’s northern beaches local government area, after the region’s COVID-19 cluster rose to 68. The government has also restricted household gatherings across metropolitan Sydney to 10 people and reintroduced density limits for hospitality venues and places of worship. The government has also urged Sydney residents to wear face masks in public places, although this is not yet mandatory.

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State on verge of superspread disaster: expert

Original article by Stephen Rice
The Australian – Page: 4 : 21-Dec-20

University of New South Wales epidemiologist Raina MacIntyre says the state government should impose a lockdown across metropolitan Sydney if the northern beaches cluster worsens on 21 December. Professor MacIntyre warns that New Year’s Eve could become a major ‘superspreader’ event, as people who contract the coronavirus on Christmas Day will be at their most infectious six days later. She contends that a short, sharp lockdown across Sydney could avoid a major outbreak and much harsher restrictions in the new year.

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Crossroads cluster spreads

Original article by David Marin-Guzman
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 5 : 14-Jul-20

The New South Wales government has advised that 21 cases of COVID-19 are now linked to the Crossroads Hotel in the Sydney suburb of Casula. This comprises 10 people who were at the hotel and 11 of their close contacts. Health authorities have revealed that some hotel patrons who tested positive had visited other venues in Sydney, including The Star casino. The source of the Crossroads Hotel infection is not yet know, and NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says the government will aim to determine whether it is linked to travellers from Melbourne. The hotel is widely used by truck drivers delivering freight from Victoria to NSW.

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