Health authorities in New South Wales (NSW) have reported that one new, locally transmitted case of the CCP virus has been recorded in eastern Sydney, with the source of the infection unknown.
The case is believed to be a man in his 60s who worked as a driver, including transporting international crew members.
He was tested on Tuesday and delivered a positive result on Wednesday, with NSW Health making contact to locate contact to find the source of his infection.
“Urgent investigations into the source of the infection and contact detection are underway, as well as genome sequencing,” NSW Health said in a statement. public health warning.
The man visited several locations while possibly contagious in Bondi Junction, Vaucluse and North Ryde.
The screening of the film “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” in Cinema 1 at Events Cinema at Bondi Junction between 13:30 and 16:00 has been identified as a close contact venue.
Anyone who attended the selection should contact NSW Health immediately and be tested for 14 days.
Other places of interest in Bondi Junction, Vaucluse and North Ryde include cafes, a Myer store and a bakery. The list of venues can be found on the NSW Health website.
The main committee of the Australian Health Protection will meet on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the Bondi case.
NSW Health is also investigating a possible breach of hotel quarantine after two cases in adjacent rooms yielded identical results for viral sequencing.
It is unclear how and where the transfer took place from a couple to another returning traveler who were all staying on the fourth floor of the Radisson Blu Quarantine Hotel in Sydney.
Genomic sequences showed that all three cases had identical viruses of the Alpha strain (B.1.1.7), NSW Health said. The Alpha strain was formerly called the British variant.
“At this stage, we do not yet know whether it happened in the plane, transported from the plane to the accommodation, or it was just a coincidence,” Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian told reporters on Wednesday.
The couple, who were asymptomatic, tested positive for COVID-19, NSW Health, at a routine day two test on June 3 said in a statement.
The other returning traveler returned a negative day two test on June 3 before developing symptoms and testing positive for COVID-19 after a test on June 5.
The three cases were transferred from Radisson Blu to the special health accommodation, where it remains.
All three arrived in Sydney on June 1 with the same flight from Doha and stayed in adjoining rooms in the quarantine hotel.
NSW Health said there was no evidence of further transmission.
All guests and staff who were on the fourth floor of the hotel between 1 June and 5 June were asked to be tested and set aside pending further advice.
Meanwhile, NSW Health says it administered a record 17,233 COVID-19 vaccines within the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday, including 6,048 at the vaccination center in Sydney Olympic Park.
The total number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in NSW is now 1 737 557.
AAP contributed to this report.