NSW Health issues URGENT WARNING and new mask rules for Sydney apartment block after new COVID-19 cases
An apartment block in Sydney is the centre of a new COVID scare as a raft of rules to prevent further spread are rolled out.
The block, in the eastern suburbs, has reported eight infections across five households, Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant revealed on Monday.
She said the source of infection had been found and work was underway to move the residents with COVID into state-run accommodation.
NSW Health says the cases are evidence of a requirement for new rules rolling out on Monday.
From Monday, face masks are mandatory in apartment complexes in shared settings.
That includes foyers, lifts, stairwells, corridors and laundry facilities.
“This advice applies to everyone, including residents, visitors, building managers, concierge staff, contractors, delivery drivers and cleaners,” NSW Health said.
Further changes are also being rolled out on Monday, centred on QR code compliance.
Checking-in using a QR code system is now mandatory in all indoor settings, including supermarkets and offices.
“Police will be making sure that businesses and individuals are doing the right thing in that regard,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
There were 112 cases of COVID-19 reported on Monday.
Of those, 46 were in the community for at least part of their infectious period.
Interviews are continuing with 18 other cases to determine whether they were active while infectious.
“I want to stress again we are in an absolutely critical phase of this disease,” Berejiklian said.
“All of us want to get out of this lockdown as soon as we can.
“All of us want to reduce the stress we are all feeling, the future is in our hands.”