Declaration of Sydney as a hotspot for Commonwealth support extended

Department of Health

The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, has extended the City of Sydney, Waverley, Woollahra, Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner West and Randwick as a COVID-19 Hotspot for the purposes of Commonwealth support until 2 July 2021.

On 23 June, the Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, declared parts of Sydney a COVID-19 hotspot for the purposes of Commonwealth support from 23 June 2021 for an initial 7 days, and has now extended the hotspot to 2 July 2021.

There have been a further 26 cases across Sydney since the hotspot declaration. This takes the total number of cases associated with the outbreak to 65.

In line with further NSW Government restrictions announced today, Commonwealth support has been extended for another two days until 11:59pm on 2 July 2021, with further review on or before 1 July 2021.

Professor Kelly requests members of the public to continue to follow the directions of NSW Health and encourages all people to continue to seek out their COVID-19 vaccination. Getting vaccinated is considered a valid reason to leave home.

Declaring a hotspot for Commonwealth support triggers, if required:

  • Provision of PPE from the National Medical Stockpile
  • Actions for aged care facilities including PPE, single site workforce supplement and integration of an aged care response centre into the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre
  • Assistance with contact tracing
  • Asymptomatic testing via General Practice Respiratory Clinics
  • Reprioritisation of vaccine supplies, if required
  • Access to COVID-19 Disaster Payment, if eligibility criteria is met, including that state based public health orders run for greater than 7 days.
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