Coronavirus LIVE updates: Sydney COVID-19 alerts issued for Woolworths Berala, Earlwood Bardwell Park RSL; Victoria sites include shops and train line

Summary

  • NSW recorded zero new locally acquired COVID-19 cases on Monday. However, two cases, which will be included in Tuesday’s numbers, are both linked to the Berala cluster in western Sydney.
  • Victoria recorded three new cases of local transmission from 32,468 tests, with an additional positive case in a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.
  • Crowds at the Sydney Test between Australia and India will be capped at 25 per cent of the Sydney Cricket Ground’s capacity of 48,000 spectators – about 10,000 people or half the number previously planned.
  • Victoria’s COVID-19 response commander has warned the border with NSW could remain shut for all of January, with residents urged to apply for an exemption if they want to get home before the end of the month.
  • Western Australia’s Premier Mark McGowan has given the clearest indication yet the state is opting for the elimination of COVID-19 rather than suppressing it, saying he wants the curve “crushed” rather than flattened.

Exposure alerts issued for multiple venues across NSW and Victoria

Customers who visited a Woolworths supermarket in Sydney's south-west over a 10-day period and attendees of an RSL in Bardwell Park in Sydney's south have been urged by NSW Health to get tested for coronavirus and self-isolate for 14 days.

Meanwhile, Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services released a number of new exposure site locations overnight (below).

NSW

NSW Health updated advice for the supermarket and liquor store at the centre of a growing COVID-19 cluster late on Monday.

Anyone who attended Woolworths Berala on Woodburn Road from Monday, December 21, through to Thursday, December 31, should get tested immediately and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

There has also been updated advice for BWS Berala, with anyone who attended the store at any other time between Sunday, December 20, and Thursday, December 31, (outside of the times previously published) advised to get tested and immediately self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

Meanwhile, anyone who was in the gaming area for an hour or more at Earlwood Bardwell Park RSL in Bardwell Park on Monday, December 28, between 8.52pm and 11.30pm is a close contact of a case and must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.

Anyone else who was in the gaming room for less than an hour at the above times is considered a casual contact and should get tested and immediately self-isolate until they receive a negative result. Those people should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again.

Victoria

A second COVID-19 exposure on Melbourne’s Pakenham metro rail line on New Year’s Eve has been revealed by Victoria’s health department.

An infected person travelled Pakenham-bound from Flinders Street station to Westall station in the early hours of New Year’s Day, triggering a warning to all other passengers to get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result.

The initial time period was listed as 3am to 4am, but has since changed to 4.30am to 5am.

Late on Monday, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services also added a city-bound service to the same warning, as the case travelled from Westall Station to Flinders Street between 9pm and 9.30pm on December 31.

The same advice has been issued for the evening trip: all passengers who travelled on the line at that time should test and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Good Guys Nunawading was also added to the DHHS exposure site list on Monday night, with a COVID-positive person having shopped there on December 29 between 9.30am and 10am.

Those who also shopped at the store at the same time are advised to test and isolate until a negative result.

The Springvale Shopping Centre on Buckingham Avenue was also added as an exposure site late on Monday night, after a known case shopped there between 11am and 12.30pm on December 29.

People who were at the venue at the same time should test and isolate until a negative result.

A number of timeframes, locations and advice levels also changed on Monday night for:

  • Tao Dumplings in Camberwell
  • Nandos in Elizabeth Street
  • Melbourne Central Lion Hotel
  • Puffing Billy/ Lakeside Paddle Boats at Emerald Lake Park
  • Advice for people who visited known exposure sites Stomping Ground Brewing Company, Two Bob Snob, Melbourne Boat Hire, Bodriggy Brewing Company, Merryman Cafe, and IKEA Springvale’s Cafe were also upgraded, with people now asked to isolate for 14 days.
  • In the case of IKEA Springvale, advice became more detailed: anyone who had been at the store between 4pm and 6.30pm on December 30 should monitor for symptoms, but anyone who had been at the store’s cafe needed to go into isolation immediately.

    Interactive: Venue exposure sites mapped

    Sydneysiders and Melburnians looking to find out whether they have been to a venue recently visited by someone later diagnosed with coronavirus can now do so more easily thanks to a new service that overlays alert locations onto a map.

    The website covid19nearme.com.au was built by a Sydney data expert and uses information provided by the NSW government’s COVID-19 data program and Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services Victoria to visualise a long list of venue alerts put out sometimes multiple times per day.

    The map, embedded below, doesn't include public transport routes in NSW. They can be found on the NSW government’s official list of locations.

    Interact with the NSW venue alert map:

    Interact with the Victoria venue alert map:

    Britain to head back into national lockdown

    Britain will head back into national lockdown as the nation’s hospitals deal with a huge surge of patients driven by a more contagious new variant of COVID-19, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced.

    In an address to the nation early Tuesday morning Australian time, the British Prime Minister said the new variant – which is 50 to 70 per cent more transmissible – had given him no choice.

    "It is clear we need to do more, together, to bring this new variant under control," he said.

    The UK Prime Minister asked everyone to stay at home unless they were shopping for essentials, could not work from home, were exercising, or seeking medical assistance. Primary and secondary schools will also close.Credit:AP

    He said existing restrictions were likely to have worked on the older variant. But the new variant has helped push the number of patients in hospital with COVID-19 to a level 40 per cent higher than the nation’s first peak early last year.

    Johnson said he had received advice that, if he did not act, the nation’s hospital system could be overwhelmed within 21 days.

    The Prime Minister asked everyone to stay at home unless they were shopping for essentials, could not work from home, were exercising, or seeking medical assistance. Primary and secondary schools will also close.

    "The weeks ahead will be the hardest yet, but I really do believe we have entered the last phase of our struggle. Thanks to the miracle of science, not only is the end in sight, but we know exactly how we will get there," he said.

    Watch LIVE: UK PM addresses nation

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    The government will review plans to allow up to 50 per cent of private-sector office workers to return to the CBD from Monday, but most companies are taking a cautious approach anyway.

    Major employers say they are now taking a cautious approach, and the government is reviewing plans to allow up to 50 per cent of private-sector workers back into the office from Monday.

    ANZ – which employs about 11,000 people in the city – is reviewing the timing of its plans to bring workers back, amid changing rules about the use of masks and the return of community transmission of coronavirus in Victoria.

    We have the full story here.

    Exposure alerts issued for multiple venues across NSW and Victoria

    Customers who visited a Woolworths supermarket in Sydney's south-west over a 10-day period and attendees of an RSL in Bardwell Park in Sydney's south have been urged by NSW Health to get tested for coronavirus and self-isolate for 14 days.

    Meanwhile, Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services released a number of new exposure site locations overnight (below).

    NSW

    NSW Health updated advice for the supermarket and liquor store at the centre of a growing COVID-19 cluster late on Monday.

    Anyone who attended Woolworths Berala on Woodburn Road from Monday, December 21, through to Thursday, December 31, should get tested immediately and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

    There has also been updated advice for BWS Berala, with anyone who attended the store at any other time between Sunday, December 20, and Thursday, December 31, (outside of the times previously published) advised to get tested and immediately self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

    Meanwhile, anyone who was in the gaming area for an hour or more at Earlwood Bardwell Park RSL in Bardwell Park on Monday, December 28, between 8.52pm and 11.30pm is a close contact of a case and must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.

    Anyone else who was in the gaming room for less than an hour at the above times is considered a casual contact and should get tested and immediately self-isolate until they receive a negative result. Those people should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again.

    Victoria

    A second COVID-19 exposure on Melbourne’s Pakenham metro rail line on New Year’s Eve has been revealed by Victoria’s health department.

    An infected person travelled Pakenham-bound from Flinders Street station to Westall station in the early hours of New Year’s Day, triggering a warning to all other passengers to get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result.

    The initial time period was listed as 3am to 4am, but has since changed to 4.30am to 5am.

    Late on Monday, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services also added a city-bound service to the same warning, as the case travelled from Westall Station to Flinders Street between 9pm and 9.30pm on December 31.

    The same advice has been issued for the evening trip: all passengers who travelled on the line at that time should test and isolate until they receive a negative result.

    Good Guys Nunawading was also added to the DHHS exposure site list on Monday night, with a COVID-positive person having shopped there on December 29 between 9.30am and 10am.

    Those who also shopped at the store at the same time are advised to test and isolate until a negative result.

    The Springvale Shopping Centre on Buckingham Avenue was also added as an exposure site late on Monday night, after a known case shopped there between 11am and 12.30pm on December 29.

    People who were at the venue at the same time should test and isolate until a negative result.

    A number of timeframes, locations and advice levels also changed on Monday night for:

    • Tao Dumplings in Camberwell
    • Nandos in Elizabeth Street
    • Melbourne Central Lion Hotel
    • Puffing Billy/ Lakeside Paddle Boats at Emerald Lake Park
    • Advice for people who visited known exposure sites Stomping Ground Brewing Company, Two Bob Snob, Melbourne Boat Hire, Bodriggy Brewing Company, Merryman Cafe, and IKEA Springvale’s Cafe were also upgraded, with people now asked to isolate for 14 days.
    • In the case of IKEA Springvale, advice became more detailed: anyone who had been at the store between 4pm and 6.30pm on December 30 should monitor for symptoms, but anyone who had been at the store’s cafe needed to go into isolation immediately.

      Interactive: Venue exposure sites mapped

      Sydneysiders and Melburnians looking to find out whether they have been to a venue recently visited by someone later diagnosed with coronavirus can now do so more easily thanks to a new service that overlays alert locations onto a map.

      The website covid19nearme.com.au was built by a Sydney data expert and uses information provided by the NSW government’s COVID-19 data program and Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services Victoria to visualise a long list of venue alerts put out sometimes multiple times per day.

      The map, embedded below, doesn't include public transport routes in NSW. They can be found on the NSW government’s official list of locations.

      Interact with the NSW venue alert map:

      Interact with the Victoria venue alert map:

      Welcome to our Tuesday coverage

      Hello and welcome to our ongoing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

      Here's where we're at as we start the day:

      • NSW recorded zero new locally acquired COVID-19 cases on Monday. However, two cases, which will be included in Tuesday's numbers, are both linked to the Berala cluster in western Sydney
      • As of Monday, masks are now mandatory in certain indoor settings in NSW, including supermarkets, shopping centres and public transport, for residents of Greater Sydney, Wollongong, the Central Coast and the Blue Mountains.
      • Crowds at the Sydney Test between Australia and India will be capped at 25 per cent of the Sydney Cricket Ground's capacity of 48,000 spectators – about 10,000 people or half the number previously planned
      • Victoria recorded three new cases of local transmission from 32,468 tests, with an additional positive case in a returned traveller in hotel quarantine
      • Victoria's COVID-19 response commander has warned the border with NSW could remain shut for all of January, with residents urged to apply for an exemption if they want to get home before the end of the month
      • Western Australia's Premier Mark McGowan has given the clearest indication yet the state is opting for the elimination of COVID-19 rather than suppressing it, saying he wants the curve "crushed" rather than flattened

      Stick with us as we follow these and other events throughout the day.

      Masks being handed out at Circular Quay on Monday.Credit:Steven Siewert

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