Sydney records new community case

James Marshall
May 6, 2021

Australia's most populous state of New South Wales reported one locally acquired case of the new coronavirus on Thursday, a day after the state reported its first infection in more than a month.

The latest infection is the wife of the original case, a man in his 50s.

Mystery surrounds where the man may have picked up the virus, with health authorities confirming he has not recently travelled overseas and does not work in a hotel quarantine, border or health related role.

NSW linked his infection to a returned traveller from the United States but it is not known how they came into contact with the husband - whose case was found on Wednesday.

A new COVID-19 case has been recorded in the Sydney community.

From midday today - and enforceable by authorities from 5pm - the restrictions will apply for residents of Greater Sydney including Wollongong, Central Coast and the Blue Mountains.

The man attended a number of venues across the city while potentially infectious, with a major public health alert now in place for a number of locations.

Masks will be compulsory on public transport and in all public indoor venues, Ms Berejiklian said on Thursday.

Patrons of pubs and restaurants will not be required to wear a mask, but they will be required to sit down.

The changes will begin at 5pm on Thursday.

He said contact tracers had experienced a "terrible night" as they attempted to piece together the virus's route into the community.

Square-metre rules remain the same, and Berejiklian has encouraged people to go out and enjoy their weekends and keep their reservations at hospitality venues for Mother's Day.

"We can't find any direct link between our case, so what we're concerned about is there is another person that is as yet unidentified that infected our case", Chant said. "That's why it's important for us to have a proportionate response".

The primary restriction that will affect Mother's Day plans will be limiting people inside a private home to 20.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath announced on Thursday anyone who has visited the Sydney exposure sites must quarantine for two weeks from 1am Friday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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