Sunday, April 18, 2021

Sydney news: NSW Police check homes to ensure returned Victorian travellers are self-isolating, surfer missing at Coogee

Sydney news: NSW Police check homes to ensure returned Victorian travellers are self-isolating, surfer missing at Coogee

Here’s what you need to know this morning.

Police check 300 homes in 24 hours

NSW Police has visited about 300 homes in 24 hours to make sure people who have returned from Victoria are self-isolating.

NSW Police visited about 300 homes in 24 hours.(NSW Police)

The NSW Government last week introduced requirements under a public health order for those returning to NSW from Victoria to self-isolate for a period of 14 days.

“In order to prevent a significant increase of cases in our state, we need to remain vigilant and ensure those returning from Victoria are self-isolating as required,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Tony Cooke said.

Police are also conducting regular foot patrols of licensed venues to ensure compliance, as well as regular licensing requirements.

Bowral Woolworths staff member positive

Woolworths says the staff member last worked in the store on Sunday. (file image)(ABC News: Nic MacBean)

Woolworths has confirmed a staff member from its Bowral store in the Southern Highlands has tested positive to COVID-19.

The store was closed overnight for a deep clean.

Woolworths said in a statement the staff member last worked at the store on Sunday but did not show any symptoms at the time.

It said it was made aware of the case yesterday and had placed signs up at the supermarket notifying customers of the case.

It described the risk of transmission to the community and other staff as “low”.

Housing block coronavirus fears

Masalo Laumua says she has barely seen cleaners over the past six months in her public-housing tower in inner-Sydney, and fears her building will be the next place coronavirus spreads amid a growing cluster of cases in the city.

A woman poses for a photo
Masalo Laumua is missing hugging and kissing her grandchildren.(ABC News: Mridula Amin)

“I know what people think of us, that we’re low-lifes, living like we’re dirty but we’re just like everyone else trying to stay clean and safe,” she said.

Nine public-housing towers in Melbourne, home to about 3,000 residents in 1,345 units, were placed in “hard lockdown” earlier this month after tenants contracted coronavirus.

Victorian chief health officer Brett Sutton has previously highlighted the “explosive potential” for COVID-19 to spread in high-density, public-housing towers.

Surfer missing at Coogee

A beach at night with buildings in the background.
The surfer may have exited the beach in an area not covered by cameras.(ABC News)

A search will resume this morning for a man believed to be missing in the surf at Coogee Beach in Sydney’s east.

Authorities were called to the beach yesterday afternoon, following reports a surfer was struggling in the water.

Damaging winds and rough surf conditions prompted a thorough search of the beach, with assistance from a rescue helicopter.

Police are reviewing CCTV camera footage from the area and have spoken to other surfers.

They say it is possible the surfer exited the beach from an area not covered by cameras, but are urging any other witnesses to come forward.

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