Sydney's Covid-19 outbreak continued as we speak with greater than 250,000 folks in lockdown as Australia's largest metropolis awaited phrase on whether or not any public New Year's Eve celebrations will likely be allowed.
Seven new circumstances of coronavirus had been reported in New South Wales state, six linked instantly to the outbreak in Sydney's northern seashore suburbs, that are below a stay-at-home order till Wednesday.
Meanwhile, in the south of the town, massive crowds gathered on Bondi Beach as we speak amid 26C sunshine – it is summertime in Australia.
Covid-19 infections in Sydney at the moment stand at 122.
"I appreciate frustration levels are increasing as we get closer to New Year's Eve and days we stay at home increase," state Premier Gladys Berejiklian advised a information convention.
"We hope to have some clear information for everybody tomorrow, or the latest the day after, on what the New Year's Eve and the next weeks will look like."
Public countdowns to New Year's Day in large cities reminiscent of Sydney have in the previous been an event for events and gatherings at barbecues, city parklands or on seashores in the Southern Hemisphere summer time.
But the outbreak has thrown many plans into chaos as New South Wales authorities concentrate on measures to quell the resurgence.
Latest coronavirus tales
Australia has fared higher than most developed economies in the pandemic via swift border closures, lockdowns, widespread testing and social distancing.
It has recorded slightly below 28,300 infections, the overwhelming majority in Victoria state, and 908 Covid-19 deaths.
Victoria, Australia's second-most populous state, borders New South Wales. Its capital Melbourne, the nation's earlier hotspot, was in a harsh lockdown for months.
Today was its 58th consecutive day with no coronavirus neighborhood transmissions and no associated deaths.
Melbourne's determination to lock down greater than 3,000 folks in public housing towers violated human rights, Victoria's Ombudsman Deborah Glass lately declared.
based mostly on web site supplies www.rte.ie