Bondi Beach hit with expanded testing for COVID-19

Henrietta Strickland
April 1, 2020

It's a place that's famous as a backpacker hotspot, and one of the homes of Aussie beach culture.

Australian health officials set up a coronavirus testing clinic on Sydney's Bondi Beach Wednesday, as concern grew that COVID-19 was spreading among backpackers in the popular tourist destination.

Authorities were zeroing in on areas where clusters of infections have been reported, following a sustained slow- down in new cases in recent days, to just over 4,700 nationally. Some people have taken to social media to pile criticism on foreigners in the beachside suburb, but many backpackers say they're as anxious as the rest of us.

Mr Myrmell said their plea comes after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian put a ban on all cruise ships docking in the state.

People in Australia's most populous state of New South Wales, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in Australia, could be heavily fined or jailed for leaving their home without a good reason from Tuesday under sweeping new powers created to slow infection rates.

"It doesn't take long for things to get out of control".

"We have had a small number of cases in that community where there aren't obvious links, but a plausible explanation is they have come into contact with an infected backpacker before that backpacker was aware they had COVID-19", Chant said.

Official data showed young people aged 20 to 29 years old account for the highest rates of coronavirus infections across the country, followed by those in their early 60s.

"So we know that's already occurring, but today we formally start the process", Premier Berejiklian said.

South Australia's Barossa Valley wine-region has closed faculties and amenities this week due to a localised outbreak, whereas six baggage-handlers working on the state's Adelaide airport have additionally examined optimistic to COVID-19.

Barossa council mayor Bim Lange said schools in the wine-making area had been ordered to shut, and many other facilities closed, as a result of a localized outbreak, putting pressure on vineyards and other businesses involved in the grape-picking season.

"We've had three years of drought, and now this", Lange told Reuters. It spreads very very quickly, and unfortunately too effectively.

Like many nations, Australia's monetary and jobs markets have been roiled by the outbreak, prompting the federal government to unveil a number of stimulus packages, together with a A$130 billion ($79.9 billion) six-month wage subsidy.

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