Residents of northern beaches in Sydney, Australia have been instructed to stay home Saturday through Wednesday midnight. This happened as the number of new cases of coronavirus grew in the area.
About a quarter of a million people on Sydney’s northern beaches have been told on Saturday to stay home until midnight Wednesday after the coronavirus has grown to 13 new cases, said New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
Sydney, Australia’s largest city of about five million people, could see certain city limits in the coming days, with the emergence of northern beaches now 39 cases confirmed, Berejiklian said. Two other cases were still being investigated.
“I have to say, in order to make everyone aware, we are going to think that … by this time tomorrow we will be going back to some of Sydney’s biggest borders,” he said. He added, however, that the boundaries would not be as hard as the northern beaches.
Citizens there were asked to stay at home for one of four important reasons: to buy food, to work, for sensitive reasons including emergency medical treatment, or to visit a distant relative.
Berejiklian said a strong closure of certain parts of Sydney was important.
“We hope that that will give us enough time to get the virus, so that we can be free at Christmas and New Year,” he said.
Until this week, Australia had traveled for more than two weeks without local transfers, allowing many provinces and territories to remove almost all public shortcuts.
But the eruption of Sydney’s northern beaches has thrown Christmas travel plans for thousands of Australians into chaos and provinces and border areas on Friday.