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Sydney apartment block is put under police guard and hundreds forced into isolation after nine residents test positive to Covid

  • Apartment complex of 12 units in lockdown in Campsie in Sydney’s south-west
  • Comes after nine residents from five units tested positive to coronavirus
  • Complex under police guard, where residents can’t leave home for next 14 days 

Another Sydney apartment block is in lockdown after nine residents tested positive to coronavirus.

Police are now guarding the complex if 12 units in Hill Street, Campsie in Sydney’s Covid-riddled south-west, where all residents have been ordered to self-isolate and cannot leave their home for any reason for the next 14 days.

It’s understood nine residents from five units have tested positive to the virus.

Health workers dressed in PPE were seen entering the complex as residents in lockdown watched on from their balconies. 

NSW Police and NSW Health workers wearing PPE enter an apartment complex where nine residents have tested positive to Covid-19

NSW Police and NSW Health workers wearing PPE enter an apartment complex where nine residents have tested positive to Covid-19

 The local health district says the situation at the complex is being assessed and that some residents may be relocated to specialist accommodation.

It comes as NSW recorded a record 681 new cases on Thursday, its highest number of daily infections as Sydney endured day 55 of lockdown.

Campsie is in the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA, which remains one of the biggest areas of concern for health officials with 141 new cases.

A man aged in his 80s died at St George Hospital, bringing the number of Covid death toll since June 16 to 61.

Health workers spent Thursday testing residents at the Hill Street complex in lockdown

Health workers spent Thursday testing residents at the Hill Street complex in lockdown

A resident in lockdown at the apartment building watches on from his balcony

A resident in lockdown at the apartment building watches on from his balcony

Almost 500 cases are being treated in hospital with 82 people in intensive care, while 25 of require ventilation.

NSW Opposition Leader Chris Minns said no one wanted a stricter lockdown ‘but the alternative is too grim to bear at this point’.

‘We can’t face a prospect of 2000 daily cases. It would be too much of a stretch on our health system,’ he told the ABC on Thursday.

More to come. 

The Campsie unit block is under heavy police guard (pictured) with residents unable to leave home for any reason

The Campsie unit block is under heavy police guard (pictured) with residents unable to leave home for any reason

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