Northern Beaches residents in a busy apartment block have been plunged into lockdown after several tenants tested positive to Covid-19.
Occupants in five of the 26 apartments in the Manly Waves Studios and Apartments have already become infected with the virus.
The Covid-infected block is located just streets away from the popular Manly beach on the corner of Pacific Street and Malvern Avenue.
The state’s chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant on Tuesday declared the unit complex block a ‘high Covid-19 risk premises’.
Dr Chant said at least one resident in five of the 26 dwellings had received a diagnosis of Covid-19 and no occupant was safe from transmission of the virus.
Locals say security guards and health care workers in PPE have been monitoring the site since Monday morning to ensure residents do not leave the high risk site.
A camper-van and a portable toilet have been set up on the pavement outside as frontline workers test the buildings’ occupants.
Tenants will enter lockdown for a fortnight from September 29 to October 12.
Health authorities are currently scrambling to trace the cluster of new cases and contain a potential outbreak in the beachside suburb.
A spokesperson from Northern Sydney Local Health District said the source of the Covid-19 infection is still under investigation.
Member for Manly James Griffith said the new cluster was a ‘delicate set of circumstances’ but assured locals the exposure was under control.
‘I am advised that public health and infectious disease experts are providing ongoing advice and support,’ he said.
‘I encourage people to continue getting tested if they experience the mildest of symptoms, and if they haven’t already, to get vaccinated.’
Before the latest outbreak Manly was virtually virus-free with data to 8pm on Monday revealing the active cases in the suburb had doubled from six to 12.
There are currently 133 active cases across the Northern Beaches.
No additional venues in Manly have been added to Sydney’s list of Covid-19 exposure sites, as of Tuesday night.Internet Explorer Channel Network