GP, chemist outbreaks a concern

THE spreading of Covid-19 in GP clinics and pharmacies and outbreaks in workplaces, have become a concern for NSW Health.

The number of people infected and out in the community has prompted Premier Gladys Berijiklian to shut down more businesses as part of increased restrictions – as well as banning all but “authorised workers” from leaving Canterbury Bankstown – to stop people moving about and has also urged everyone to stay at home and call ahead before visiting health services.
In the latest 24-hour period, NSW reported 78 local cases of Covid-19 from almost 76,000 tests, with 27 of those active in the community throughout their infectious period.
The Premier reiterated the “20 number” is the figure authorities are “really keen to nudge” to free Greater Sydney from lockdown.
“We need to get ahead of that number in order to reduce the cases in the community and the closer we get that number to zero, the sooner we can end the lockdown,” she said.
“We understand this is a difficult time for the community and appreciate their ongoing patience.”
She also stressed the importance of getting tested – even if you have the mildest of symptoms.
“It is vital people continue to come forward for testing to help us find any Covid-19 cases in the community,” she said.
“Sometimes you don’t even need the symptoms to give the virus to loved ones.
“Stick to your household and do not move between households.”
Changes to restrictions include:
Retail premises will be required to close (‘click and collect’, takeaway and home delivery can still operate), except the following can remain open: Supermarkets and grocery stores (including butchers, bakeries, fruit and vegetable stores, liquor stores and fishmongers); Stores that predominantly sell health, medical, maternity and infant supplies; Pharmacies and chemists; Petrol stations; Car hire; Banks and financial institutions; Hardware, nurseries and building supplies; Agricultural and rural supplies; Pet supplies; Post offices and newsagents; and Office supplies.
Also, anyone who leaves the home must have a mask with them at all times and must be worn when you are working outdoors, in outdoor markets, outdoor shopping strips, and in an outdoor queues waiting for products.
Employers must allow employees to work from home if the employee is able to do so, failure to do so can result in a fine of up to $10,000.