A map of coronavirus hot spots shows how the virus is fast spreading out of Sydney and into regional New South Wales, closing several schools and infecting pubs.
A total of 11 new cases were reported in the state on Friday after the shocking revelation on Thursday that regional New South Wales could be on a ‘knifes edge’.
Health authorities published a heat map of active cases across the state, which shows infections rapidly growing from July 24 to August 6.
The data reveals COVID-19 has left city boundaries, travelling as far north as Byron Bay and down south to Batemans Bay and Orange in the Central West.
Katoomba in the Blue Mountains has one active case, while Wollongong suburbs Cordeaux Heights and Cordeax have five active cases.
One of the areas of most concern is Newcastle, after a man in his 20s visited five pubs in three days and a Newcastle Jets match on Sunday.
The growth south of Sydney (pictured) is also alarming. Yellow indicates between 1 and 9 cases, with light green showing 10-19 cases and dark green showing 20-29 cases
Cases of coronavirus have been recorded up in Newcastle, and also out west in Orange. Yellow indicates between 1 and 9 coronavirus cases, while light green shows between 10 and 19
He is a close contact of a teenager who was identified as a positive case on Wednesday, shutting St Francis Xavier’s College at Hamilton
Health authorities have warned they expect a spike in cases in the area, so they have enhanced their testing capabilities by extending hours and capacity at clinics.
Dr Kat Taylor, Public Health Controller for Hunter New England Health’s COVID-19 response, told reporters on Thursday they are working to identify any further contacts or venues of the two positive coronavirus cases in the Newcastle area.
‘It is vital people in the community continue to present for testing if experiencing symptoms to limit the spread of the virus,’ she said.
‘I encourage everyone to follow directions they receive about home isolation and quarantine, and maintain COVID-safe practices of physical distancing, coughing or sneezing into their elbow, and regularly washing their hands.’
The other case of concern is a teenager who was identified as having a positive coronavirus diagnosis.
Anyone who attended St Pius X High School in Adamstown on Monday August 3 is required to keep an eye out for coronavirus symptoms.
He caught the number 26 bus to school that day and all commuters who were on the bus are in self-isolation.
HEALTH ALERT FOR NEWCASTLE, NEW SOUTH WALES
A man in his 20s visited five pubs and a stadium over the weekend in Newcastle, New South Wales.
Hunter New England Local Health District is urging anyone who attended the following venues at the specified times to immediately self-isolate and seek testing:
- Bennett Hotel, Hamilton – Friday July 31, from 5.30pm to 10.00pm
- Greenroof Bar and Restaurant, Hamilton – Friday July 31, from 10.00pm to 12 midnight
- The Hopsmith Sports Bar, Wests New Lambton – Sunday August 2, from 5.00pm to 7.30pm
Any patrons who visited the following venues at the times specified to be alert for symptoms, and if any develop to get tested and self-isolate immediately:
- Queens Wharf Hotel – Saturday August 1 from 9.30pm to 11.00pm
- Sydney Junction Hotel, Hamilton – Sunday August 2, from midnight to 1.30am
- McDonald Jones Stadium – Sunday August 2, 7:30pm to end of game, Newcastle Jets match
A confronting map of coronavirus hot spots (pictured) shows how the virus is fast spreading out of Sydney and into regional New South Wales – down passed Jervis Bay
The teenager is also a member of the Newcastle Jets under 15s representative squad. He played a game at Arlington Oval in Dulwich Hill, Sydney’s inner-west, on Saturday August 1.
His teammates and players in the opposition – the Stanmore Hawks – are considered close contacts and are in two-week isolation.
NSW Health said the majority of new cases being reported are linked to existing clusters – but a few worrying infections have no known source.
‘While most cases in the past week have been associated with local clusters and close contacts with known cases, some have not been linked to known cases,’ it said.
One of the cases under investigation is a woman in her 60s from south-west Sydney.
A second wave is threatening to trigger another lockdown in the country’s most populous state (pictured, Broadway shopping centre in Sydney on Thursday)
Face masks are becoming an increasingly common sight across the city of Sydney as the virus spreads (pictured, a woman at the airport on Thursday)
The growth inside the city of Sydney is also alarming, as the possibility of a second wave threatens to trigger another lockdown in the country’s most populous state.
Sydney’s active cases were restricted to south-west Sydney on July 24, but the virus has now spread to the eastern suburbs, CBD, inner west, lower north shore and the Northern Beaches.
Contract tracing is underway to determine how she was exposed to the virus, with heavily populated suburbs at risk of infection in Sydney’s CBD and inner west.
The latest outbreaks are linked to a man in his 20s who visited seven venues while infectious across Glebe, Redfern, Enmore, the CBD and Marrickville.
A woman wearing a face mask and gloves undertakes cleaning on the Sydney Light Rail at Randwick station (pictured on Thursday)
NSW VENUES ON HIGH ALERT
Self-isolate and get tested immediately If you have been to any of these locations during the time and date indicated you should:
Glebe: Jambo Jambo African Restaurant 7pm to 10:30pm on Friday 31 July
Hamilton: Bennett Hotel 5:30pm to 10pm on Friday 31 July
Hamilton: Sydney Junction Hotel 11pm on Saturday 1 August to 1:15am on Sunday 2 August
Jesmond: Hotel Jesmond 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday 29 July
Lambton: Lambton Park Hotel 8pm to 9pm on Thursday 30 July
Mount Pritchard: Mounties, 101 Meadows Road on Monday 20 July to Sunday 26 July
New Lambton: Bar 88 – Wests New Lambton 5pm to 7:15pm on Sunday 2 August
Newcastle: Hamilton to Adamstown Number 26 bus 8:20am on Monday 3 August
Potts Point: The Apollo Wednesday 22 July to Sunday 26 July (The period has been extended by two days to include Wednesday 22 July and Sunday 26 July.)
Potts Point: Thai Rock Restaurant Wednesday 15 July to Saturday 25 July inclusive
St Leonards: Fitness First (excludes patrons who only attended booked fitness classes or only went to the pool) 9am to 10:30am on Monday 27 July
Surry Hills: Hotel Harry (Harpoon Harry) 2:15pm to 11pm on Sunday 26 July
Wallsend: Wallsend Diggers 9pm to 11pm on Wednesday 29 July 9pm to 11pm on Thursday 30 July
Source: NSW Health