The Australian city of Sydney has had tighter lockdown restrictions imposed on it as Covid-19 cases continue to rise.
Among the tighter restrictions is the closure of building sites and non-essential retail as well as fines for employers who make their staff come into an office.
Cases have continued to rise in the Australian city despite entering a lockdown three weeks ago.
Those who live in the western suburbs of the city have been banned from leaving their immediate neighbourhoods for work, with the exemption of emergency services, as these suburbs are the worst affected areas with 111 Covid-19 cases being recorded in the last 24 hours.
The New South Wales state has also reported an additional death from the virus which brings the total to three since the beginning of the year and 913 since the beginning of the pandemic.
In response to the rising cases, New South Wales State Premier Gladys Berejiklian stated, “I can’t remember a time when our state has been challenged to such an extent,”.
Sydney, which has a population of five million people, entered a lockdown on the 26th of June with a planned end date on July 30th.
The lockdown was imposed following an outbreak of the virus, which according to authorities was triggered by an airport transit driver who brought the virus into the community.
The biggest concern for authorities in this lockdown is how many people were active in the community while still infectious.
Stores that are permitted to stay open during the lockdown are supermarkets, pharmacies and hardware stores.
All forms of building work will have to stop until July 30th which include cleaning, property maintenance and home renovation.