The latest coronavirus outbreak is crackling across Sydney like wildfire with hotspots now identified in 44 suburbs, and confirmed cases in 26 of them, NSW Health data has revealed.
The outbreak is believed to have begun around June 12 when a Bondi limo driver ferrying flight crew from Sydney Airport to nearby hotels was infected.
He wasn't being tested on his days off and spread the disease around Sydney's Eastern Suburbs until he returned to work on June 15 and finally tested positive.
By then though the highly contagious Indian Delta variant of Covid had been unleashed in the city.
Now less than two weeks later, Sydney has seen a raft of new restrictions and is sealed off from the rest of the country as authorities fight to contain Covid's spread.
Contact tracers faced an initial uphill battle to catch up with the spread of the disease which had been given a head start by the delay in the first positive result.
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The outbreak is believed to have begun around June 12 when a Bondi limo driver ferrying flight crew from Sydney Airport to nearby hotels was infected (pictured, testing in Bondi)
The outbreak is believed to have begun around June 12 when a Bondi limo driver (pictured) ferrying flight crew from Sydney Airport to nearby hotels was infected
Since then though, the list of possible close and casual contacts has grown, with some infected by apparently the most fleeting of encounters with Covid carriers.
At the heart of the current outbreak is Bondi Junction which has seen 33 alerts for possible contamination hotspots this month.
The popular shopping centre and public transport hub has been central to the disease spreading to the rest of the city.
It's also seen the most cases of the disease in the latest outbreak with eight positive tests coming from the 2022 postcode it shares with nearby Queens Park.
Neighbouring Woollahra (2025) has had two cases but no hotspots, while Paddington, Moore Park and Centennial Park (2021) has had one confirmed case and one alert site.
Bondi and Bondi Beach (2026) (with the testing centre pictured above) have had 10 hotspot alerts but just one case while elsewhere in the city there have been numerous danger alerts
SYDNEY SUBURBS WITH COVID INFECTED RESIDENTS
Infections recorded since June 15:
Bondi Junction, Queens Park (2022): 8 cases
Woollahra (2025): 2 cases
Mascot (2020): 2 cases
Paddington, Moore Park, Centennial Park (2021): 1 case
Bondi Beach, Tamarama (2026): 1 case
Redfern (2016): 2 cases
Potts Point, Woolloomooloo, Rushcutters Bay (2011): 1 case
Camperdown (2050): 1 case
Ryde, Putney, Denistone East (2112): 1 case
Lindfield, East Lindfield (2070): 1 case
Menai, Barden Ridge, Bangor, Alfords Point, Illawong (2232): 1 case
Jannali, Bonnet Bay (2226): 1 case
Sans Souci, Dolls Point, Sandringham (2219): 1 case
Narellan, Smeaton Grange, Mount Annan (2567): 3 cases
Green Valley, Miller, Hinchinbrook, Busby, Sadleir, Heckenberg: 2 cases
Denham Court, Ingleburn (2565): 1 case
West Hoxton, Cecil Hills, Horningsea Park (2171): 1 case
Gregory Hills, Gledswood Hills, Catherine Field, Rossmore (2557): 1 case
GREATER SYDNEY AND SURROUNDING REGIONS
Wollongong, Fairy Meadow, Balgownie (2519): 5 cases
Thirroul, Austinmer, Coledale, Wombarra, Scarborough (2515): 1 case
In addition, there are two cases in the Hills Shire LGA being investigated, as well as two in Waverley LGA and one in Sydney LGA
Source: NSW Health
Bondi and Bondi Beach (2026) have had 10 hotspot alerts but just one case while elsewhere in the city there have been numerous danger alerts.
Double Bay (2028) has four major alerts, while Potts Point (2011) has two hotspots and one confirmed case. Mascot (2020) has five danger area warnings and two cases.
In Sydney's CBD, Barangaroo, Central and Haymarket areas (2000), there have been alerts for 24 different locations in the current clampdown while inner city Darlinghurst and Surry Hills (2010) have had five alerts.
In the Inner West, Redfern (2016) has had three hotspot alerts and two confirmed cases, while Newtown (2042) has had three danger zones.
Drummoyne (2047) has had 21 alerts, focused mainly on Birkenhead Point factory outlet and Leichhardt (2040) has had one hotspot while Camperdown (2050) has had one confirmed case.
Parramatta (2150) sounded the alarm on four locations, while Merrylands (2160) had three hotspots and Ashfield (2131) flagged one site as a possible contact area.
Sydney is in a mini-lockdown and sealed off from the rest of the country as authorities fight to contain its spread (stock image)
Tempe (2044) had three hotspot alerts and Zetland (2017) four danger zones, while Petersham (2049) and Hurstville (2220) had one each but no confirmed cases in any of them.
In the city's south, Menai/Barden Ridge/Bangor/Alfords Point/Illawong area (2232) reported one confirmed case, as did Jannali/Bonnet Bay (2226) and Sans Souci/Dolls Point/Sandringham (2219).
In the south-west, Campbelltown (2560) had three hotspots while Narellan/Smeaton Grange/Mount Annan (2567) had three confirmed cases and one hotspot.
Green Valley/Mille/Hinchinbrook/Busby/ Sadleir/Heckenberg (2168) have had two cases.
The list of possible close and casual contacts has grown, with some infected by apparently the most fleeting of encounters with covid carriers (stock image of a woman being vaccinated pictured above)
Denham Court (2565) had one confirmed case and one hotspot. West Hoxton/Cecil Hills/Horningsea Park (2171) has had one confirmed case, as did Gregory Hills/Gledswood Hills/Catherine Field/Rossmore (2557). Spring Farm (2570) had one hotspot.
Further south Fairy Meadow (2519) had one hotspot while Wollongong (2500) and Balgownie had four confirmed cases. Thirroul/Austinmer/Coledale/Wombarra/ Scarborough (2515) also reported one confirmed case.
In the city's north, North Sydney (2060) and Macquarie Park (2109) had one hotspot each, while Baulkham Hills (2153) had three. Castle Hill (2154) sparked four alerts, while there were three in Northmead (2152)
There are also six more cases where the specific area has so far not been disclosed pending further investigation (pictutred, ferry commuters wearing masks on Thursday)
Ryde/Putney/Denistone East area (2112) reported one case as did Lindfield/East Lindfield (2070) while Meadowbank (2114) sounded the alarm on two locations within the TAFE college there.
There are also six more cases where the specific area has so far not been disclosed pending further investigation. Two are from The Hills local government area, two from Waverley LGA and one from the City of Sydney area, and one other linked to a known cluster.