Worrying alert for EIGHTEEN new Covid exposure sites in Sydney including supermarkets, cafes and a bank – so do you need to isolate?
Eighteen new venues been added to Sydney’s burgeoning list of Covid-19 exposure sites, including busy supermarkets, cafes and a ritzy car dealership.
NSW Health announced the new sites on Thursday evening, just hours after the state recorded a worrying 124 new cases.
The list includes a range of venues in Lakemba, Smithfield and Campsie in the city’s south-west – the new epicentre of the city’s latest outbreak.
Anyone who went to Exim Supermarket, Chemist Warehouse or Traboulsi Bakery in Lakemba on Monday is a close contact and has been told to get a test and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.
Customers of Tong Li Supermarket in Campsie between Thursday and Saturday should follow the same advice, along with people who went to All Parts Auto in Smithfield on Wednesday.
Durable Kitchens Factory in Marrickville is also on the list, as well as Mercedes Benz Sydney in Alexandria – both in the city’s inner-west.
Residents infected with Covid also went to two venues in Belrose this week, including Woolworths Glenrose Village and Three Beans Cafe.
Anyone who has been to Woolworths in Fairfield Heights or Bonnyrigg has been told to isolate until they receive a negative test.
The same advice applies to Freshness 4 Less and Aldi in Fairfield, along with Glenrose Village Shopping Centre in Belrose between a range of times from Saturday through to Thursday.
Patrons at the Commonwealth Bank in Bondi Junction on Thursday have also been asked to isolate until they return a negative test.
Likewise for three venues in Haymarket, including Tong Li Supermarket, Paddy’s Market, and Beijing Tong Ren Tang.
Anyone who went to Choice Pharmacy in Eastern Creek on Tuesday has been given the same advice, along with Green Valley Woolworths in Hinchinbrook, Valley Fresh in Green Valley and Pentonzi in Roselands.
The same applies to customers of Shell Coles Express in Parramatta.
The New South Wales Premier announced 124 new cases on Thursday morning, with a worrying 48 infectious in the community and 57 have still yet to be linked to known clusters.
Greater Sydney is nearing a month in lockdown, with the current status to remain until the previously announced July 30 cut-off – which is all but certain to be extended again.
Without being drawn into exact numbers, Ms Berejiklian said the situation was fluid and would be determined based on community transmissions and exposure venues.
‘[Getting out of lockdown] depends very much on.. if people have been infectious in the community at a low stage where there wasn’t a lot of people around’ she told reporters.
‘But that’s why we need to get that number infectious in the community as close to zero as possible because that then allows us to have a degree of confidence that aren’t unchecked chains of transmission.’
The 124 cases were detected from 85,185 tests to 8pm on Wednesday night, the most conducted in a single 24-hour period in NSW during the entire pandemic.
The spike in cases is the highest during Sydney’s latest outbreak; the last time there were this many infections found in NSW in one day was during the first wave in April 2020.
Premier Berejiklian described the highly-infectious Delta variant as ‘scary’ and said ‘nothing about this gives you comfort’.
She identified ongoing discussions as to what will happen following the current July 30 lockdown date, but did admit the record levels of testing will almost certainly lead to even higher cases Friday.
Worrying alert for EIGHTEEN new Covid exposure sites in Sydney