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Bondi pop-up clinic to stem infections in state hot spot

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A pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic will now be established in Bondi to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus after clusters developed within Sydney’s backpacker community.

A pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic will now be established in Bondi to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus after clusters developed within Sydney's backpacker community.

NSW Health is now directing doctors in Sydney's Waverley Council area, which includes suburbs such as Bondi, to send more patients for COVID-19 testing.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant admitted there had been COVID-19 outbreaks among backpackers, many of whom are staying in hostels in the area.

People are seen queuing outside a Centrelink office in Bondi Junction,

Other cases confirmed yesterday included seven Chilean sailors visiting NSW and two more cases at the Dorothy Henderson Lodge aged care home in Macquarie Park in Sydney's west.

The facility's total confirmed cases sits at 21, comprising 16 residents and five staff members. Four residents of the facility have already died.

Meanwhile, pharmacists in NSW can now dispense medicines without a prescription and operate 24/7 for people who cannot get to their GP or don't wish to leave home.

Police officers patrol Bondi Beach prior to its closure. Beachgoers drew condemnation yesterday when tens of thousands of people flouted social distancing rules, which have been put in place in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Bondi Beach and other beaches have since been closed in Sydney's east.

A total of 13 on-the-spot fines of $1000 each have been issued in NSW as Police Commissioner Mick Fuller warned authorities will no longer issue cautions for those flouting self-isolation orders.

There were 2032 cases of COVID-19 in NSW yesterday, an increase of 114 on the previous day. The death toll remains at eight.

Of the 114 new cases, 35 people are in intensive care.

Sunbakers on the rocks at Mackenzies Bay in SydneyAn empty Bondi Beach, in Sydney,

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-bondi-pop-up-clinic-to-stop-backpacker-covid19-infections-hotspot/0046dd8b-465f-4610-b258-4b03d08fbe18

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