On the morning of the 20th local time, the Governor of New South Wales, Australia, Belgicleen, announced that as of 20:00 on the 19th, there were 30 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New South Wales in the past 24 hours, 28 of which were related to local communities in the northern beach area of Sydney, and 2 were infected.
The path is still under investigation. So far, the number of infected people in the local community of Sydney’s North Beach has risen to 68. According to reports, Patient Zero of the outbreak of the epidemic arrived in Sydney from overseas on December 1.
Belgicleen also announced a series of new controls for the Greater Sydney area, including social distancing and number limits.
Starting from midnight on the 20th, no more than 10 people should be gathered in family gatherings in Greater Sydney, no more than 300 people should gather in restaurants, cafes, churches and other reception places, and each person needs 4 square meters of space indoors. The restrictions are tentatively scheduled to last until the 23rd.
Since 17:00 on the 19th, the northern beach area of Sydney has entered a “lockdown”. Residents must stay at home except for basic needs such as going out to work, buying necessities, and medical treatment. People outside the northern beach cannot enter this area.
Those who violate the ban will be fined 1,000 Australian dollars. The lockdown measure is also tentatively implemented until midnight on the 23rd.
After the outbreak of the epidemic in Sydney, other states and territories have continuously tightened border control measures. The 2020 Sydney-Hobart Sailing Race, which was scheduled to start on the 26th, has been cancelled, the first time in the 76 years since the event was held.
The organizer said that since Tasmania, where Hobart is the end of the event, announced that people entering Tasmania from Sydney must be quarantined for 14 days on arrival, and all competitors and event managers must abide by this rule, it is no longer realistic to continue the competition.