New Zealand pauses travel bubble with NSW after Bondi cluster grows

Andrew Cummings
June 22, 2021

Masks will be compulsory indoors across all of Sydney until the middle of next week after a spike of COVID-19 cases linked to the Bondi cluster.

However, as all but one of the 10 new cases on Tuesday were linked to existing cases, Berejiklian said a lockdown isn't as yet required.

Of the seven new cases recorded overnight, six were household contacts of previous cases who have been in isolation.

"We will extend it to all of Greater Sydney... excluding the Central Coast and the Hunter", she said.

The existing mask restrictions - including the mandatory mask-wearing on public transport, as well as in indoor public venues - are also being extended by a week, and are now slated to end at 12.01am on Thursday July 1.

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.

The third is a woman in her 20s from Sydney's eastern suburbs. Investigations into that infection are ongoing. Seven additional cases were detected after the 8pm cut off and will be included in Wednesday's figures.

Parents are being urged to wait for advice from the school and health authorities to ensure students are able to return home safely.

Berejiklian said it is likely that more household contacts of existing cases will test positive, considering how contagious the virus is.

"This follows a decision by New South Wales public health officials last night to classify the entire Westfield Bondi Junction mall and its auto park as a location of interest, not just the particular shops earlier identified".

"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.

Authorities are now also asking anyone who was at Westfield Bondi Junction (including the vehicle park) at any time between 12 June and 18 June to get tested for COVID-19.

NSW Health said 28,645 coronavirus tests were carried out over the past 24 hours, and 18,045 vaccine doses were administered.

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