Busy Manly apartment block is LOCKED DOWN after several residents tested positive to Covid – raising fears of a worrying outbreak in Sydney’s virus-free Northern Beaches
- Apartment block locked down in Manly in virtually virus-free Northern Beaches
- Shutdown triggered by several residents in block testing positive to coronavirus
- Tenants in five of the 26 apartments in the beachside block infected with virus
- Health spokesperson said the source of the infection is still under investigation
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.
Residents in a beachfront apartment block in Manly have been locked down after tenants in five of the 26 apartments (pictured) tested positive for Covid-19
The Covid-infected block is located just streets away from the beach on the corner of Pacific and Malvern Avenue (pictured, Fairy Bower in Manly)
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.
Manly locals say security guards and health care workers in PPE have been monitoring the site since Monday morning to ensure residents do not leave.
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.
Before the new cluster of cases Manly was virtually virus-free with data to 8pm on Monday revealing the active cases in the suburb had doubled from six to 12.
Locals say the Manly Waves Studios and Apartments have been monitored by health care workers since Monday to ensure no tenants leave the ‘high risk’ site (pictured, Manly)