A drive-through coronavirus testing clinic has opened on Bondi Beach after the eastern suburbs of Sydney experienced an outbreak of the virus.
Anyone with symptoms of the virus or those who meet the testing criteria is urged to visit the clinic in Park Drive North, in Bondi Beach’s car park. The clinic will be open from 9am to 4pm, and motorists will remain in their cars during the testing process.
“Hundreds of people have been tested at the pop-up clinic at Bondi Pavilion since it opened this week and the drive-through clinic is another way the community can help slow the spread of this deadly virus,” Waverley Council Mayor Paula Masselos said in a statement.
“I urge people with symptoms or who meet the testing criteria to visit either of the clinics and speak to the nurses for the right advice.
“Together we can save lives if we follow the advice of the authorities.”
The clinics have been established for people living or working in Bondi Beach or Bondi Junction who have fever or symptoms of acute respiratory infection (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat).
As of Friday 3 April, there were around 174 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Eastern Suburbs community, figures from NSW Health showed, including:
- 95 cases in postcode 2026 (Bondi, Bondi Beach, North Bondi and Tamarama)
- 28 cases in postcode 2022 (Bondi Junction, Queens Park)
- 15 cases in postcode 2024 (Bronte, Charing Cross, Waverley)
- 13 cases in postcode 2023 (Dover Heights)
- 10 cases in 2029 (Rose Bay)
- 13 in 2030 (Vaucluse)
“These statistics show why we must all pull together to stop any further spread of COVID 19 in our municipality and why Council has taken the difficult decision it has to close our beached and other facilities,” Mayor Masselos said.