Covid19 – Restrictions in Sydney tighten as officials trace a case of Indian variant

Covid19 - Restrictions in Sydney tighten as officials trace a case of Indian variant

Covid19 – Restrictions in Sydney tighten as officials trace a case of Indian variant

The measures were put in place after the detection of Covid-19 in a 50-year-old man, who passed the infection to his wife. Testing determined the man was infected with a variant first detected in India.

Australian officials reinstated social distancing measures across greater Sydney on Thursday, as they scrambled to find missing tranmission links in a Covid-19 case connected to an Indian variant of the virus.

Masks are again compulsory on public transport. They’re also compulsory in all indoor public venues, like retail outlets, theatres, hospitals, aged care facilities and for front-of-house hospitality staff. Visitors to aged care facilities will be limited to two people

Although “disease detectives” know the man contracted the virus from a returning traveller at the Park Royal at Darling Harbour, there was no direct contact between that man and the traveller so there is still a missing link.

Testing has determined the man was infected with a variant first detected in India and genomic sequencing had linked the case to a returned traveller from the United States, NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said on Thursday, but there was no clear transmission path between the two people.

Tests on the infected man had showed a higher viral load than typically seen in infected people, potentially increasing the chance that the man has spread the disease, officials said.