NSW has recorded one new locally acquired COVID-19 infection which authorities fear is the result of “very fleeting contact” with a previous case.
- Health authorities are reviewing CCTV footage showing exposure between positive cases
- A five-day mask mandate for public transport will apply exclusively to Greater Sydney
- The Premier hasn’t ruled out the Baulkham Hills case being a false positive
The growing case numbers have prompted NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to make masks mandatory from 4:00pm today on public transport in Greater Sydney.
The Sydney eastern suburbs cluster has grown to four after a man in his 50s tested positive for the virus yesterday.
Ms Berejiklian said the new infection appeared to have contracted the virus while at Myer inside Westfield shopping centre at Bondi Junction, on June 12.
A limousine driver, the first known case in the latest cluster, attended the venue on the same day.
Chief health officer Kerry Chant said CCTV footage which was being reviewed showed the two cases having “fleeting exposure” inside the store.
NSW Health this afternoon issued an alert for two department stores at Bondi Junction.
Anyone who attended the stores at the following times is considered a close contact:
- Myer Bondi Junction, Level 1 and Level 2 on Saturday, June 12 from 11:05am to 11:50am
- David Jones Bondi Junction, Level 1 on Saturday, June 12 from 10:55am to 11:15am
- Tea Gardens Hotel, in the gaming room, 2-4 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction on Sunday, June 13 from 5:00pm to 5:15pm
Anyone who attended at that time is considered a close contact and must get tested and self-isolate for 14 days from the date they were at the venue.
NSW Health has also identified a number of additional venues of concern associated with confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Anyone who visited the following venues is considered a casual contact:
- Westfield Bondi Junction, Level 5 food court, 500 Oxford Street, Sunday, June 13 from 1:15pm to 1:45pm
- Eden Gardens, Macquarie Park, 307 Lane Cove Road, Sunday, June 13 from 12:30pm to 1pm
- Myer Bondi Junction, level two, 500 Oxford Street, Sunday, June 13 from 10:00am to 10:30am
- Tea Gardens Hotel, excluding the gaming room, 2-4 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction on Sunday, June 13 from 5:00pm to 5:15pm
- Woolworths, Westfield, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction on Sunday, June 13 from 4:00pm to 4:20pm
- Woolworths, Westfield, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction on Monday, June 14 from 2:15pm to 2:40pm
- Eastgate Bondi Junction, ground floor food court, 71-91 Spring Street, Bondi Junction on Monday, June 14 from 11:15am to 11:25am
- Aldi, 71-91 Spring Street, Bondi Junction on Monday, June 14 from 11:20am to 11:50am
- Interchange Food Court, 422 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction on Tuesday, June 15 from 3:05pm to 3:15pm
- Ichiban Boshi, 1/171-173 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction on Wednesday, June 16 from 11:40am to 12:15pm
- Daiso, 430 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction on Wednesday, June 16 from 12:00pm to 12:30pm
- Mitre 10, 452 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction on Wednesday, June 16 from 12:15pm to 12:45pm
Today’s positive test was recorded after yesterday’s 8.00pm reporting deadline and will be officially recorded in tomorrow’s numbers.
There were two new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8.00pm yesterday, both of which were previously reported.
The first was a woman in her 70s who attended the Belle cafe in Vaucluse at the same time as the limousine driver.
The limouisine driver and his wife, who also tested positive, had visited a swathe of venues across Sydney’s eastern suburbs as well as North Ryde.
Health authorities are continuing to determine whether those considered casual contacts should be upgraded to close contacts.
Premier Berejiklian advised anyone considered to be a casual contact not to travel.
“If health updates [you] to a close contact you will have to come back and isolate,” she said.
“So we are strongly recommending that if you are a casual contact that you not travel in the next little while and make sure you follow the health advice.”
Health authorities are yet to determine whether a Baulkham Hills man who tested positive yesterday is a “false positive” or an old case.
None of his close contacts have tested positive but Ms Berejiklian said he had been included as a positive case in the latest reporting figures “through an an abundance of caution”.
Ms Berejiklian said masks would be mandatory on public transport in Greater Sydney for the next five days.
She discouraged communities from cancelling organised events but strongly urged masks for indoor venues.
The Premier said the mask mandate would only apply to Greater Sydney as opposed to previous restrictions which included Illawarra and Wollongong.
“For the next five days we want everybody to wear masks on public transport to make sure that if the virus is circulating it doesn’t spread,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“As has been evidence in the two cases, a fleeting passing is all that it takes. Some people for some reason aren’t contagious and some are extremely contagious.
“The randomness of that is what makes it scary.”