July 25, 2021

Covid: Sydney outbreak linked to new cases in Melbourne

A pre-Christmas coronavirus outbreak in Sydney is believed to have spread to the city of Melbourne, breaking its two month run of zero community infections.

Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, endured a heavily-policed lockdown from July to October which succeeded in eradicating a second wave.

But on Thursday, officials announced eight new cases with a “potential link” to a traveller from New South Wales, of which Sydney is the state capital.

Authorities have vowed to act quickly.

A mandatory mask-wearing order and gathering limits have been re-imposed on Melbourne by officials in the state of Victoria, who described the outbreak as a “very serious situation”.

They have also expanded a travel ban to include all residents of neighbouring New South Wales (NSW).

“Victorians who have sacrificed so much are not going to go back to a situation where we face what we did in the past winter,” said state health minister Martin Foley.

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