NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned people to stay off Sydney’s public transport network at peak times, as the state relaxes some coronavirus restrictions.
Key points:There have now been 3,071 confirmed cases of coronavirus in NSW and 47 deathsEight new cases were recorded in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterdayAll those infections have been traced from known sources
She said the number of passengers using public transport had increased in the past week, and that buses and trains were already at capacity when social-distancing was factored in.
“We don’t want anymore people at this stage catching public transport in the peak,” she said.
“If you’re not already on the bus or the train in the morning, do not catch public transport in the peak.
“We know overseas public transport, unfortunately, was the main reason the disease spread.”
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Health authorities in NSW have confirmed eight new coronavirus infections, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 3,071.
Ms Berejiklian said 12,212 people were tested for COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday, and described that as “an outstanding result”.
It is the largest number of new infections since nine were recorded on May 5.
It is also the second highest number of people tested in a day in NSW.
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NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant said one of the eight new cases was an overseas traveller who flew into Sydney from Brisbane on a Qantas flight on Tuesday, after completing a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
“We are going to be doing contact tracing on the flight, because we do believe they were infectious on the flight,” Dr Chant said.
“NSW is alerting all passengers who were in close contact on the flight to monitor for symptoms.”
The man was on QF 537 which landed around 4:05pm on May 12.
Dr Chant said three of the confirmed cases were locally acquired, in Dover Heights, Bondi and Penrith.
The four remaining cases were all acquired from known sources or close contacts.
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From today, up to 10 people will be allowed to dine in pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants across NSW at any one time, as the first stage of coronavirus restrictions are eased.
Deputy Police Commissioner Gary Worboys said police would respond to any allegations of breaches but said his officers would not be counting patrons at individual establishments.
“The responsibility rests, not on the police to check, but on people to actually take accountability for their own behaviours,” he said.
“If we want to move forward as a state, we need to take accountability for our own behaviours and make good choices, good decisions.
“But where people walk outside of those boundaries police will take action.”
Weddings will be allowed up to 10 guests, indoor funerals will be allowed up to 20 mourners and outdoor funerals up to 30.
Up to 10 people will be able to congregate in places of worship such as churches, outdoor play equipment can be used with caution and outdoor pools will open with restrictions.
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