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Australia’s New South Wales state is implementing restrictions on “high-risk activities” corresponding to singing in choirs and dancing at nightclubs and bars amid concern of a recent outbreak of COVID-19 that has spilled over from a neighboring state.
The newest prohibitions, which additionally restrict bookings at eating places, cafes and bars to not more than 10 folks, go into impact from midnight on July 24 (10 a.m. July 23 ET), New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced Friday.
“We absolutely need everybody seated when they are in a venue. No dancing, no singing, no mingling,” she stated.
Berejiklian stated weddings and company occasions could be restricted to 150 folks, whereas funerals and spiritual companies could be restricted to 100.
The newest restrictions within the state that’s house to Sydney come as one more document for day by day infections was posted in neighboring Victoria, the place 428 new cases had been reported.
Friday marked the 12th consecutive day the state has recorded a triple-digit improve in coronavirus instances. The previous highest single-day count was 317 and was set solely a day earlier than.
Most of the instances in Victoria had been in Melbourne, the nation’s second-largest metropolis, which has been on lockdown since final week.
State well being officers stated 57 of the newest instances have been linked to recognized outbreaks, whereas one is a case of a traveler in resort quarantine and 370 are beneath investigation.
Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews stated there had been three new COVID-19 deaths — a person in his 70s and two others, a person and a girl, each of their 80s.
“I can offer no further information about those three tragedies, but we send our best wishes and our thoughts,” he stated.
Andrews stated the federal government was rising the variety of testing websites outdoors Melbourne.
Earlier this week, Victoria Health Minister Jenny Mikakos announced that each one Category three elective surgical procedures, defined as affected person circumstances which can be unlikely to deteriorate rapidly or turn out to be an emergency, could be paused at Melbourne’s public hospitals to preserve mattress house.
In New South Wales, the place the state’s largest coronavirus cluster has been linked to a customer from Melbourne who contaminated others in a Sydney pub, eight new instances had been recorded on Friday, officers stated.