NSW virus death toll hits 48, one new case

Elias Hubbard
May 18, 2020

She said the man was a close contact of a known case.

Similarly, NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said if a 13th person got on a bus, "the bus will not be going anywhere".

"Please don't let your guard down".

The NSW Government has announced new rules for public transport as people slowly trickle back in to work and in short, we'll still be socially distancing for the foreseeable future.

"Because we are strictly adhering to social distancing, we recommend that people who aren't already on the system in the peak, especially on buses and trains, travel in the off-peak, so after 10.00am or before 2.00pm", Ms Berejiklian told reporters.

"But I also do want to remind people this virus is extremely risky and we are all - every one of us - sitting ducks for this virus".

A total of 48 people have died from coronavirus in NSW.

Buses will be limited to just 12 passengers. Last Friday, Constance said already 570,000 commuters travelled on public transport.

"We need to do this safely". Around 10km of "pop-up" bike lanes will also be installed throughout the CBD. Not only is it safer than public transport, but it doesn't create traffic jams like driving does.

With more people being encouraged to cycle or drive, Mr Constance admitted worse CBD gridlock would become a reality, which was why the government was asking people to "retime their days" and continue to work from home where possible.

The real-time public transport apps - including TripView, TripGo, Google Maps and the Opal App - now also show the safe capacity for each service and you can look at the capacity of trips from the day before to help plan your trip.

To plan your journey and for more information about Sydney transport options, head to the Transport for NSW website.

Ms Berejiklian on Sunday also said the state's success in blunting the impact of COVID-19 may help attract private investment capital otherwise headed to the virus-hit U.S. and UK.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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