Friday, June 21, 2024

Sydney’s CBD cluster spreads

Ten new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in NSW in the past 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 3,861.

Of the 10 new cases, six are returned travellers currently in hotel quarantine and four are locally acquired cases linked to a known case or cluster.

“All four locally acquired cases are linked to the CBD cluster,” said NSW Health.

“These include two who are household contacts of previously reported cases and two who are a close contact of previously reported cases.”

There were 14,232 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 19,626 in the previous 24 hours.

“One previous case from South Eastern Sydney whose source was under investigation has also been linked to the CBD cluster,” said NSW Health.

“The case was a passenger on the X39 bus at the same time as another previously reported case and may have shared other exposures. Further investigation is underway. There is now a total of 34 cases associated with this cluster.”

The health department is urging everyone to wear a mask while on public transport.

The state’s health system is treating 66 COVID-19 cases, including six in intensive care and four who are ventilated.

“86% of cases being treated by NSW Health are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.”

NSW Health says anyone who attended the following venues was considered a casual contact and must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop.

  • Woolworths Balmain, 276 Darling St Balmain – Thursday 27 August, 10-11am;
  • Chemist Warehouse Balmain, 293 Darling St Balmain – Friday 28 August, 2-2.30pm;
  • Sushi Rio, 345 Victoria Ave Chatswood – Thursday 27 August, 5.45-7.30pm;
  • Coles, St Ives Shopping Centre – Friday 28 August, 1-2pm.

“COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community and we must all be vigilant. It is vital people get a test as soon as they develop symptoms – not two or three days later. People should ensure that they stay at least 1.5m from others and that they wear a mask in situations – especially on public transport – where physical distancing is difficult,” said NSW Health.

“Locations linked to known cases, advice on testing and isolation, and areas identified for increased testing can be found at NSW Government – Latest new and updates.​

“Anyone identified as a close contact and directed to undertake 14 days self-isolation must stay in isolation for the full 14 days, even if they test negative during this time.”

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