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Covid Australia: NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard in isolation, ‘close contact of a positive case’ 

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard is in isolation as a ‘close contact of a positive case’

  • NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard is in isolation and doesn’t have symptoms 
  • Mr Hazzard believes the suspected positive case works in NSW Parliament
  • NSW Health are currently waiting on the test results from the person 

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard is in isolation after coming into close contact with a possible Covid case.

Mr Hazzard, who currently doesn’t have any symptoms, believes the suspected positive case is someone who works in NSW Parliament.

‘When I woke up at about 5.30am there was a text message that had come in sometime during the night telling me that a case had been detected as a likely positive and that I was a possible close contact,’ he told the ABC Radio.

‘It’s still being worked through and NSW Health asked me to obviously be cautious until they are able to give me further advice.

‘I’m quite confident that the majority of people in NSW Parliament will be either no contact or casual contact so that won’t be a major issue.’

Mr Hazzard said NSW Health are currently waiting on the test results from the person, who identified him as a close contact.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard is in isolation after potentially coming into close contact with a Covid-infected person

Mr Hazzard said NSW Health are currently waiting on the test results from the person, who identified him as a close contact

Mr Hazzard said NSW Health are currently waiting on the test results from the person, who identified him as a close contact

‘It emphasises how dangerous this Delta [variant] is,’ he said. 

The so-called Bondi cluster now stands at 31, after an unvaccinated Sydney airport limousine driver earlier this month tested positive to the highly infectious Delta variant, which quickly started spreading at Bondi Junction’s busy Westfield shopping centre.

NSW recorded 10 locally acquired cases to 8pm on Tuesday, seven of which were already announced.

An additional 13 cases were reported after 8pm, which will be counted in Thursday’s official tally.

Overall, there were 16 new cases reported on Wednesday, taking the total number of infections to 31.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is urging people to ‘abandon non-essential activities’ after introducing new rules for residents in Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour on Wednesday.

A household guest limit of five, including children, and the four-square-metre rule indoors and outdoors were introduced alongside mandatory masks in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces.

‘The NSW government will not hesitate to go further and harder if we have to,’ she said.

Residents who live or work in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, and Woollahra local government areas cannot travel outside the metropolitan area unless it’s absolutely essential.

Masks must also be worn to gym classes, which are now limited to 20 people.

NSW recorded 10 locally acquired cases to 8pm on Tuesday, seven of which were already announced

NSW recorded 10 locally acquired cases to 8pm on Tuesday, seven of which were already announced

Other states have hardened their borders days before NSW public schools break for two weeks.

WA has closed its border to NSW for anyone who had been in the state since June 11 or in the 14 days prior to travel.

SA has also closed its border with NSW, excluding a 100km buffer zone for cross border communities.

Tasmania has declared seven Sydney local government areas as high risk.

Queensland has closed its border to people from Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

Victoria has also already banned people from the seven ‘hot zones’.

New Zealand has paused its travel bubble with NSW.

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