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Coronavirus cases in Sydney are spread across richest suburbs

The bulk of coronavirus cases in New South Wales are littered across Sydney’s richest suburbs, NSW Health data shows.

The Local Government Area of Waverley, which includes the affluent areas of Bondi, Vaucluse and Bronte, has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state, with 116.

Waverley Council was forced to fence off Bondi and other beaches last week after thousands of people ignored social distancing advice from the government and flocked to sunbathe, sending Prime Minister Scott Morrison on a furious rant during a press conference.

The northern beaches, which counts Manly, Curl Curl and Narrabeen in its area, has clocked 77 cases of the potentially deadly disease.

Sydney, which governs the CBD, Pyrmont and Paddington, has tallied 76 cases.

The nearby leafy Woollahra precinct, comprising of ritzy suburbs of Double Bay, Point Piper and Bellevue Hill – where many local celebrities call home – has nudged 68 cases.
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For contrast, the Inner West has recorded 34 cases of the virus, with Parramatta at 27 and Willoughby at 14.

There are now 3291 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Australia with 1405 in New South Wales, 685 in Victoria, 555 in Queensland, 255 in Western Australia, 257 in South Australia, 62 in the ACT, 46 in Tasmania and 12 in the Northern Territory.

Thirteen people have died – two in WA, seven in NSW, one in Queensland and three in Victoria.

Data from health departments across Australia’s three largest states have shown that, in NSW and Victoria, council areas with higher income levels have been hardest hit by the virus.

In Victoria, Stonnington Council is the most affected with 58 cases. Centred on Toorak and South Yarra, it is one of the richest LGAs in Australia.

Second is Mornington Peninsula with 39 cases, City of Melbourne with 33 and Boroondara – which includes Kew – with 28. The City of Melbourne’s higher number of cases could also be partly due to the large number of students within the LGA’s boundary.

Glen Eira, Port Phillip, Moreland and Greater Geelong councils all have more than 20 cases in Victoria.

In Queensland, Brisbane and the Gold Coast have by far the highest number of cases.

Brisbane’s metro north region topped the list with 165 cases followed by metro south with 132.

The Gold Coast has 106 and Sunshine Coast 64.

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