Sydney tightens restrictions around Covid-19 cluster

Sydney, Australia, Dec 20 (efe-epa).- Australian authorities on Sunday tightened restrictions on the residents of the city of Sydney, who will not be able to travel to the neighboring state of Victoria, given the increase in cases of Covid-19.

The government of New South Wales announced in a statement the limitation of private gatherings to 10 people, no dancefloors except at weddings, and no singing and no chanting except for places of worship, among other measures, until next Wednesday.

These measures are in addition to the lockdown declared Saturday night until Wednesday in the Northern Beaches area, the focus of an outbreak that saw the announcement of 30 new local infections in Sydney on Sunday.

Victoria authorities have declared Sydney a “red zone,” so its inhabitants will not be able to travel to that neighboring state.

“Without mandatory mask rules and stay at home orders across Sydney, our government and state’s health authorities do not have confidence that the situation remains safe (in Sydney),” the Victorian government said in a statement.

Other states have also imposed mandatory 15-day quarantines for travelers from NSW, the most populous state with more than 8 million people.

Australia, which has kept its international borders closed since March, with certain exceptions, has accumulated 28,128 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, including 908 deaths. EFE-EPA


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