New Covid case is detected in Bondi as it’s feared the infected man visited a busy Westfield multiple times in recent days
- A locally-acquired case of Covid-19 has been found in Sydney’s eastern suburbs
- The positive coronavirus case with no known source has been detected in Bondi
- He is believed to have visited Bondi Junction shopping centre multiple times
- New South Wales Health is expected to make an official announcement shortly
A locally-acquired case of Covid-19 has been found in a man in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
The positive case has been detected in Bondi, with contact tracers now racing to find the origin of the infection.
He is believed to have visited Bondi Junction shopping centre multiple times in recent days, ABC News reported.
Officials have not denied reports of the new case and New South Wales Health is expected to make an official announcement shortly.
Fears are meanwhile growing of a potential Sydney hotel quarantine outbreak after a traveller was infected with the identical Covid strain to a couple based in an adjacent room.
A nurse conducts a Covid-19 test at the Bondi Beach testing clinic in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. A locally-acquired case of the virus has reportedly been found in Bondi
Three positive Covid cases were earlier found in hotel quarantine at the Radisson Blu (pictured) in Sydney’s CBD
NSW Health is frantically investigating the development, with the viral sequence of all three cases confirmed as the same UK variant, known as the Alpha variant.
How the transmission occurred on the fourth floor of the Radisson Blu quarantine hotel in the city’s CBD remains unknown.
The couple, who were asymptomatic, returned a positive Covid test following a test on June 3.
The other returned traveller from Doha returned a negative day two test on June 3, before developing symptoms and testing positive two days later on June 5.
In a statement on Tuesday night, NSW Health confirmed the three positive cases.
‘Early possibilities as to where transmission may have occurred from the couple to the secondary case include on the flight, on transport from the airport to the hotel, in the lobby of the hotel, or while in quarantine,’ the statement read.
‘Currently, there is no evidence of further transmission.’
All three positive cases arrived into Sydney on the same flight from Doha in Qatar on June 1.
NSW Health confirmed the three positive cases in hotel quarantine (pictured, healthcare workers transport a person into a patient transport vehicle)
The trio were quickly transferred to the Special Health Accommodation where they will remain following their positive results.
As a precautionary measure, all returned travellers who stayed on the fourth floor at the hotel between June 1 and 5 must get tested and self-isolate before receiving further advice.
Additionally, staff who worked on the fourth floor of the Radisson Blu between June 1 and June 5 have also been asked to get tested and isolate.