Australia: Three removalists who tested positive to Covid-19 travelled across NSW

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Three removalists allegedly knew they were infected with coronavirus before they drove out of southwest Sydney for regional NSW.

The men aged 20, 27 and 27 travelled from West Hoxton to Figtree in Wollongong, before stopping at several towns on their way to Molong, in NSW's central west.

Police caught up with the trio on Speedy street in Molong about 2.30pm on July 16 after being notified of the men who travelled from Sydney.

It is alleged that the three men had been notified they had tested positive to Covid-19 before making the trip.

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Police escorted the men and their vehicles back to Sydney, and have been told to isolate for 14 days, before allegedly being issued Court Attendance Notices for breaching public health orders.

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Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott slammed the removalists for their disregard for the safety of others.

'This thoughtless act has now placed our regional communities in NSW at the greatest risk so far with this pandemic,' Mr Elliott said.

'We know that the delta variant is highly transmissible, and it is unfathomable to think that, with all the public information and health warnings, people could so blatantly ignore the health orders.'

State Emergency Operations Controller, Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said the new restrictions introduced on July 17 will hopefully curb people's behaviour.

'Currently, we are seeing millions of people right across this state doing the right thing being let down by a small minority who continue to be irresponsible and put themselves and their communities at risk,' Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.

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'Today's strengthening of the health orders means that people will have to change the way that they behave.

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'The greater restrictions will see police ramping up our response across all of greater Sydney and regional areas to ensure people comply with the health orders and that public safety is the number one priority'.

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In the past 24 hours police have issued 162 Penalty Infringement Notices and charged 18 people.

Four other incidents of note occurred across Greater Sydney and regional NSW.

A Mt Druitt man left his home to buy dumbbells in Blacktown, after being informed her had tested positive to Covid-19 at about 10.30pm on July 16. He was fined $1000.

Two Central Coast men have been stopped on the New England highway, south of Guyra, being issued $1000 fines.

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Two 27-year-old males were spotted travelling on the Pacific highway in Doyalson, and were both fined $1000 as they do not live in the same household or have a reasonable excuse to leave their homes.

A 60-year-old man after some peace and quiet, travelled from Turramurra to Hawks Nest to sleep in his car. He was issued a $1000 fine and directed to return home.

This incident has happened in the midst of new restrictions announced by Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Saturday aimed to completely shut down the southwest Sydney epicenter of the outbreak.

Fairfield, Liverpool and Cantebury-Bankstown residents were to stay in their local councils.

Residents cannot even leave for work unless they work in heathcare and emergency services until July 30 at the earliest.

Only 'critical retail' such as supermarkets and pharmacies will be allowed to remain open from 11.59pm on Saturday. Others will have to do click and collect or takeaway.

Construction, large or small, will shut and homes and businesses cannot use paid cleaners or have home repairs done unless urgent.

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There were no new rules for regional areas outside Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Shellharbour, and the Central Coast.

Everything else can offer click and collect services for goods ordered online or over the phone which customers can pick up or have delivered.

Ms Berejiklian previously insisted that it was not up to the government to determine was was 'essential', but has now backflipped.

The vast majority of the cases in the outbreak, more than 80 of Saturday's numbers, are in southwest Sydney.

Ms Berejiklian now wants to quarantine them, and their 810,000 residents from the rest of Sydney, even if they are essential workers.

Residents of Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool local council cannot leave their LGA for work except for emergency services and healthcare workers, including aged and disability workers.

Where those workers do need to leave for work, they are required to be tested every three days, even if they do not have symptoms.

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