COVID-19 Update – New restrictions for Sydney, 44 cases, 29 were infectious in the community – Friday, 9 July 2021

NSW recorded 44 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of these locally acquired cases, 35 are linked to a known case or cluster – 25 are household contacts and 10 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 9 cases remains under investigation.

Ten cases were in isolation throughout their infectious periods and eight cases were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Nineteen cases were infectious in the community and seven cases remain under investigation.

One new overseas-acquired case was recorded in the same period. The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 5,920.

There have been 439 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case of the Bondi cluster was reported.

There are now 285 cases directly linked to known cases in the Bondi cluster. There are 37 cases that have not been directly linked to a known case or cluster, with a further 117 who are linked to these 37 unlinked cases.

There are currently 43 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 10 people in intensive care, four of whom require ventilation.

There were 42,152 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 39,733.

NSW Health administered 21,609 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 7,136 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 2,577,813, with 1,004,162 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 1,573,651 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Wednesday 7 July 2021.

New restrictions announced

You must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason.

Given the growing number of infectious cases in the community and unlinked cases of community transmission, COVID-19 restrictions will be tightened across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

From 5pm today (Friday, 9 July) the following additional restrictions will be in place:

  • Outdoor public gatherings limited to two people (excluding members of the same household);
  • People must stay in their Local Government Area or within 10kms of home for exercise and outdoor recreation, with no carpooling between non-household members;
  • Browsing in shops is prohibited, plus only one person per household, per day may leave the home for shopping;
  • Funerals limited to ten people in total (this will take effect from Sunday, 11 July).

The four reasons to leave your home remain in place:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services (one person only);
  • Medical care or compassionate needs (only one visitor can enter another residence to fulfil carers’ responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons);
  • Exercise with no more than 2 (unless members of the same household);
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

Restrictions in regional NSW will remain unchanged.

These tightened restrictions are based on health advice from the Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant.

They are necessary due to the increasing number of unlinked cases in the community.

We understand this is a difficult time for the community and businesses. We thank them for their understanding and patience.

High testing numbers are key to finding unrecognised chains of transmission in the community, so please continue to come forward for a COVID-19 test, even if you have the mildest of symptoms.

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Case details

Of the 44 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 21 are from south-west Sydney, eight are from south-east Sydney and seven are from western Sydney. Transmission in these areas continues to be of great concern.

Four further cases have been recorded to 8pm last night linked to a gathering at the Meriton Suites Waterloo on Saturday 26 June. These cases were contacts of people who attended the gathering and bring the total number of cases linked to this venue to 25.

One new case to 8pm last night is a non-clinical staff member at Waratah Private Hospital in Hurstville who worked for two days while infectious, on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 July.

Urgent investigations and contact tracing are under way. All affected patients still in hospital are isolating at the hospital in single rooms. All patients have tested negative to date.

Staff are wearing full PPE while caring for these patients. Other close contacts, including patients who have been discharged, are being contacted.

Due to the current stay-at-home order, there were no visitors to the hospital during the exposure period other than those given exemptions to attend for end-of-life visits.

Additionally, NSW Health is undertaking contact tracing for all businesses who use the hospital building to identify anyone who may have come into contact with the non-clinical staff member with COVID-19.

Venues of concern and sewage detections

Overnight, multiple western Sydney venues of concern in Auburn, Parramatta, Merrylands, Smithfield and other suburbs were announced.

One new case is linked to IKEA in Tempe on 6 July. Anyone who attended IKEA Tempe on 6 July from 10am – 9pm is a close contact and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result, and call 1800 943 553 unless they have already been contacted by NSW Health. NSW Health can advise that there are about 2,000 close contacts now linked to this exposure.

NSW Health is reminding the community of a number of new venues of concern, which were included in a public health alert last night.

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a close contact and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result, and call 1800 943 553 unless they have already been contacted by NSW Health:

BurwoodKathmandu BurwoodShop 353/100 Burwood RdSunday 4 July 12.35pm – 1pm  
BurwoodMehfil North Indian Cuisine, Westfield Burwood Shopping Centre  100 Burwood Rd BurwoodSunday 4 July 1.05pm – 1.10pm
Wetherill ParkBeds R Us Wetherill ParkGreenway Plaza & Homemaker Greenway, Unit 70/71/1183 The Horsley Dr Wetherill ParkMonday 5 July 2.30pm – 3.15pm
SmithfieldOregano’s Lebanese Bakery and Cafe1/693 The Horsley Dr SmithfieldMonday 5 July 2pm – 2.30pm  
MerrylandsSadaqat Supermarket6 Memorial Ave  MerrylandsMonday 5 July 1.30pm – 2pm  
MerrylandsAustralia Post Office Merrylands12 Memorial Ave  MerrylandsMonday 5 July 2pm – 3pm  
MerrylandsAldi Merrylands191-201 Pitt St MerrylandsMonday 5 July 1.30pm – 3.30pm  
MerrylandsKmart Merrylands1 McFarlane St MerrylandsMonday 5 July 1.30pm – 3.30pm  
AuburnAuburn Fresh City Fruit & Vegetables67-69 Auburn RoadMonday 5 July 3.30pm – 4.30pm  
AuburnSahar Market1/62 Auburn Road Monday 5 July 3.30pm – 4.30pm  
AuburnNew Star Kebabs15 Auburn Rd AuburnMonday 5 July 3.30pm – 4.30pm  

Anyone who lives or works in or around these areas is asked to be particularly vigilant for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19, and if they appear, immediately get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected traces of the virus that causes COVID-19 at a number of locations around Sydney. The detection at Boronia Park, Bateau Bay and Port Kembla sewage treatment plant is of particular concern. While these areas have had known cases in recent times we still need the community to be vigilant.

The Boronia Park catchment covers about 120,000 people in suburbs including Melrose Park, Camellia, Northmead, Constitution Hill, North Parramatta, Telopea, Denistone, Denistone West, Dundas Valley, Dundas, Carlingford, Oatlands, North Rocks, Ermington, Parramatta, Baulkham Hills, Rydalmere, Winston Hills, Woolwich, Huntleys Point, Huntleys Cove, Henley, East Ryde, Meadowbank, Gladesville, Tennyson Point, Putney, Hunters Hill, Denistone East, Ryde, Eastwood, West Ryde.

The Bateau Bay catchment covers about 39,000 people in suburbs including Bateau Bay, Blue Bay, Killarney Vale, Long Jetty, Shelly Beach, The Entrance, The Entrance North, Toowoon Bay.

The Port Kembla catchment covers about 49,000 people in suburbs including Windang, Lake Heights, Cringila, Warrawong, Koonawarra, Brownsville, Dapto, Berkeley, Kanahooka, Horsley, Avondale, Cleveland, Unanderra, Kembla Grange, Primbee, Port Kembla.

Anyone who lives or works in or around these areas is asked to be particularly vigilant for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19, and if they appear, immediately get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Get tested

To keep our community safe, please follow NSW Health advice. If you are directed to get tested for COVID‑19 or self-isolate at any time, you must follow the rules whether or not the venue or exposure setting is listed on the NSW Health website.

Please check the NSW Government website regularly and follow the relevant health advice if you have attended a venue of concern or travelled on a public transport route at the same time as a confirmed case of COVID-19. This list is being updated regularly as case investigations proceed.

NSW Health is urging anyone with even the mildest of cold-like symptoms to be immediately tested and isolate until a negative result is received. If symptoms appear again, please be tested and isolate again.

There are over 30 testing clinics in western Sydney and more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week.

To find your nearest clinic visit here or contact your GP.

To book your COVID-19 vaccination, go to or visit the Australian Government’s Vaccine Eligibility Checker online.