New Covid-19 community case recorded in Sydney

Australia’s NSW scrambles after locally-acquired COVID case

New Zealand has announced it will suspend quarantine-free travel with one Australian state in light of new cases of community transmission.

The restrictions include a 20-person limit for at-home gatherings and the reinstating of compulsory face masks in indoor venues, including public transport.

"This is a good wake-up call", NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

The measures, which also cover Sydney's neighbouring regions of Wollongong, the Central Coast and Blue Mountains, were spurred by the detection of COVID-19 in a 50-year-old man, who passed the infection to his wife.

The infected person has not travelled overseas recently and does not work in a high-risk job such as in hotel quarantine or hospitals, NSW state Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant told reporters in Sydney.

However, there is a missing link between the traveller and the two cases, she revealed.

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He has since returned a negative COVID-19 test.

The man attended a number of venues across the city while potentially infectious, with a major public health alert now in place for a number of locations.

He has a number of close contacts who were being tested and were isolating, Chant said.

Speedy tracing systems, movement curbs and border restrictions have largely reined in the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, which has recorded 29,865 cases and 910 deaths since the pandemic began. With no active cases yet detected in the inner-west area, NSW Health is urging residents to be "vigilant in monitoring for symptoms" following diagnoses of a couple from Sydney's east.

The federal government is now under pressure to overturn a temporary travel ban on travelers, including its own citizens, from COVID-ravaged India.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, however, said the situation would be reviewed after May 15.

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