Here we go again… Authorities warn Aussies to put their masks back on if travelling on trains and buses and Jimmy Barnes cancels his gig – and it’s all because of rising Covid cases
- Covid cases are on the rise in Australia with an 80 per cent uptick in some states
- New South Wales health recommends wearing mask indoors on public transport
- Jimmy Barnes cancelled a personal appearance due to the rapid spread of virus
Australia is once again in the midst of a massive Covid outbreak and health officials have urged the public to wear face masks indoors and on public transport.
Although there are no new official health orders in place, authorities across the country are growing increasingly cautious after an 80 per cent uptick in cases in some states as mutated variants of the virus run rampant.
New South Wales last week had 16,636 positive results – up 63 per cent from the previous week – prompting a warning from Chief Public Health Officer Kerry Chant.
While masks have never stopped being recommended in crowded places or on public transport, officials are now renewing calls for people to wear them in light of the surging infection rates.
The wave of infections has prompted Aussie rock music legend Jimmy Barnes to cancel a personal appearance in Western Sydney.
Jimmy Barnes was scheduled to sign copies of his new album Blue Christmas at Penrith Panthers Leagues Club on November 26. But the 66-year-old Cold Chisel founder ditched the gig citing reasons of public safety
Australia is once again in the midst of a massive Covid outbreak and health officials have urged the public to wear face masks indoors and on public transport (pictured, Sydney commuters)
The Scottish-born singer was scheduled to sign copies of his new album Blue Christmas at Penrith Panthers Leagues Club on November 26.
But the 66-year-old Cold Chisel founder ditched the gig citing reasons of public safety, The Western Weekender reported.
Jimmy’s fans learnt of the news via the music icon’s official Twitter account.
‘In order to keep everybody safe given the current increase in COVID cases the event at Penrith Panthers on Saturday… will not be proceeding. Thank you for understanding,’ the message said.
Despite swathes of the western world moving on from imposing restrictions due to Covid fears, many of Jimmy’s fans praised his decision.
Australia, Spain, and the UK are among the only countries where there is no mandatory isolation for people who test positive – with most imposing between five and seven.
BA.5, BA.2.75, XBB, and BQ.1 are among the strains circulating in the community, driving up infections, and evading immunity from vaccinations and past infections.
NSW last week had 16,636 positive results which is an increase of 63 per cent, prompting a warning from Public Health Officer Kerry Chant (pictured)
Meanwhile, travellers heading up to the northern hemisphere were advised by NSW Health to make sure their Covid-19 and flu vaccinations were up to date.
But while infection rates are rising fast they are well below this year’s high Omicron peaks in January, April and July.
These months saw the seven-day rolling average of case numbers of 47,543, 21,000 and 14,700, respectively.
Nation Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly on Monday said this fourth Omicron wave wreaking havoc on Australia is set to hit its peak in the coming weeks and will likely decline sharply – as medical data from Singapore’s recent wave suggests.