Sydney’s Northern Beaches coronavirus cluster has spread to even more suburbs, with additional venues are put on high alert.
NSW Health has advised patrons who dined at Glorietta Restaurant and Bar in North Sydney on December 16 between 12pm and 12.45pm to immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of whether a negative result is received.
Anyone who attended Massage Link in Leichhardt, in Sydney’s inner west, on Friday December 18 between 12.30pm and 1.15pm must also get tested and isolate for two weeks regardless of the result.
The virus has also spread to Marketplace shopping centre in Leichhardt. Customers who attended the mall between 2 and 2.30pm on Saturday December 19 must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.
Patrons who dined at Mr Café & Bar in Balmain on Thursday December 17 between 9 and 10am are instructed to do the same.
Patrons who dined at Mr Café & Bar in Balmain on Thursday December 17 between 9 and 10am are instructed to get tested and isolate until a negative result is received
Venues where coronavirus has been detected continue to pop up all over Greater Sydney
The Northern Territory has removed most of Sydney as a COVID-19 hotspot, allowing hundreds of families to reunite for Christmas
Travellers currently in hotel quarantine at the Howard Springs and Alice Springs centres will be released this afternoon, regardless of how long they’ve spent in isolation
NSW recorded nine new locally-acquired Covid cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday from a record of more than 60,000 tests.
Seven of the cases are linked to the 104-strong cluster on the northern beaches, while the sources of the other two infections are under investigation.
Meanwhile, the Northern Territory government has removed most of Sydney as a Covid hotspot, allowing hundreds of families to reunite for Christmas.
The eleventh hour decision was announced on Thursday afternoon by NT’s Acting Chief Minister Nicole Manison.
‘The Greater Sydney area, including the Blue Mountains along with the Central Coast, will be removed effective immediately,’ she said, meaning travellers from those parts will no longer have to undergo 14-day hotel quarantine.
‘The list of hotspot suburbs in the Northern Beaches area, which will be defined by suburb and postcode, will be listed on our coronavirus website shortly.’
NSW recorded nine new locally-acquired COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday from a record of more than 60,000 tests
Travellers from Greater Sydney will no longer have to undergo 14-day hotel quarantine upon arrival in the NT
Sydney’s northern beaches, where the coronavirus cluster grew to 104 cases on Thursday, will remain a hotspot.
‘A number of suburbs that are already directly located around the outbreak will remain as hotspot areas,’ Ms Manison said.
Travellers currently in hotel quarantine at the Howard Springs and Alice Springs centres will be released this afternoon, regardless of how long they’ve spent in isolation.
‘We are going to work to release them as quickly as possible from the facility so they can go about their Christmas plans and again we thank them for their patience through this process,’ Ms Manison said.
The NT declared Greater Sydney — including the Blue Mountains, Illawarra and the Central Coast — a coronavirus hotspot on Thursday.
The borthern beaches local government area was declared a hotspot on Thursday last week.
Meanwhile in South Australia, two new cases have been recorded from a man in his 70s who returned from overseas, and a man in his 20s who was at Sydney Airport.
The man, who flew from Darwin to Sydney on December 18, was onboard the same plane as a positive case.
He then caught a flight to Wodonga in regional Victoria before driving to Maitland on the Yorke Peninsula, and then onto SA on December 21.
The eleventh hour decision was announced on Thursday afternoon by NT’s Acting Chief Minister Nicole Manison
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant on Thursday warned residents could not afford to be complacent over Christmas.
Everyone should limit their movements and the number of people they see over the next few days, try to celebrate outdoors, and consider postponing events until the new year, according to Dr Chant.
A record 60,184 people came forward for testing on Wednesday, which Ms Berejiklian says prompted her to nearly fell off her chair – ‘literally’.
About 41,000 people were tested on the previous day.