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Covid-19 Australia: Sydney cluster grows to three as man in his 40s tests positive to Covid

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Worrying new Sydney Covid outbreak grows to four as man in his 40s NOT linked to other cases tests positive – and Gladys Berejiklian says to avoid large events near the city’s exposure sites

  • New South Wales authorities recorded two new Covid-19 infections overnight 
  • Man tested positive in Baulkham Hills area of north-west Sydney on Thursday
  • Case a mystery infection as unlinked to two cases in eastern suburbs Wednesday
  • Premier Gladys Berejiklian stopped short of making face coverings compulsory

New South Wales has recorded two new Covid-19 cases overnight as a man in his 40s not linked to the other cases in the latest outbreak tested positive to the virus. 

The man tested positive in the Baulkham Hills area of north-west Sydney on Thursday morning, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

His mystery infection is still under investigation though as NSW Health is determining whether the test returned a false positive result.

Ms Berejiklian said his viral load was ‘very low’.

She also warned the city’s residents to avoid large-scale events near the city’s growing list of 19 exposure sites to prevent a potential super-spreader event.

She stopped short though of making face coverings compulsory on public transport.  

Cars line up for Covid-19 testing in Sydney on Thursday. New South Wales has recorded two new Covid-19 cases overnight

She visited the Belle Cafe in Vaucluse at the same time as an airport worker in his 60s who health officials have now confirmed contracted the highly-contagious Delta variant of the virus.  

He and his wife tested positive to Covid-19 on Wednesday.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said genomic sequencing showed the limousine driver had a strain of the Delta virus never seen before in Australia. 

‘This strain does not match anything that’s been uploaded in Australia at this time, but it does match perfectly a sequence that’s been uploaded from the US,’ she said. 

Ms Berejiklian said she strongly recommended wearing a mask on public transport in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. 

The announcement came as Tasmania slammed shut its borders to anyone from New South Wales.

A hotel quarantine driver tested positive for the highly-contagious delta variant of coronavirus at the Bondi Beach testing facility on Wednesday

A hotel quarantine driver tested positive for the highly-contagious delta variant of coronavirus at the Bondi Beach testing facility on Wednesday

The island state announced Wednesday morning it would block all New South Wales travellers and anyone who had visited a listed site since June 11 have to immediately get tested and isolate.  

‘Anyone who is planning on travelling to Tasmania who has been to any of these high-risk premises at the specified dates and times will not be permitted to enter the state,’ Tasmania’s Director of Public Health Mark Veitch said. 

Palaszczuk also said her state would closely monitor the ongoing situation, with closed borders likely given previous decisions to quickly block people from New South Wales entering.

The state recorded another Covid-19 case overnight as a man in his 40s not linked to the other cases in the latest outbreak tested positive to the virus - taking its total to four

The state recorded another Covid-19 case overnight as a man in his 40s not linked to the other cases in the latest outbreak tested positive to the virus – taking its total to four

‘In line with other jurisdictions, we will maintain restrictions on travel from Greater Melbourne for another seven days, and we strongly advise those planning travel to Greater Sydney to reconsider,’ the Queensland Premier tweeted on Thursday morning.   

A man tested positive in the Baulkham Hills area of north-west Sydney on Thursday morning, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

His infection is still under investigation though as NSW Health is determining whether the test returned a false positive result.

Ms Berejiklian said his viral load was ‘very low’.

A woman in her 70s has also tested positive in Vaucluse, taking Sydney’s latest outbreak to four cases.

She visited the Belle Cafe in Vaucluse at the same time as an airport worker in his 60s who health officials have now confirmed contracted the highly-contagious Delta variant of the virus.

He and his wife tested positive to Covid-19 on Wednesday. 

 

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