Customers at a busy Coles in Sydney’s Covid-hit eastern suburbs are told to isolate NOW as Gladys Berejiklian warns the next few days are ‘critical’
- NSW Health issued alert for Coles at Bondi Junction’s Eastgate Shopping Centre
- The alert relates to anyone who visited store between 2pm-7pm on Tuesday
- The NSW Health alert applies to shoppers from 5.30pm-6.30pm on Wednesday
- Those are considered close contacts and will need to isolate for 14 days
The next few days in New South Wales are ‘critical’ as the state continues to record new Covid-19 cases who have been infectious in the community – with a Coles supermarket in Sydney’s east now on high alert.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Friday said she was relieved local case numbers had not significantly spiked in recent days, but authorities wanted to see a rise in the proportion of new cases already in isolation.
NSW recorded 31 new locally acquired cases to 8pm on Thursday, the highest daily number in the state since the pandemic’s first wave in early 2020.
The new case numbers take the tally to 226 since June 16.
NSW Health on Friday afternoon also issued a new close contact alert for Coles at Bondi Junction’s Eastgate Shopping Centre.
NSW Health on Friday afternoon also issued a new close contact alert for Coles at Bondi Junction’s Eastgate Shopping Centre
Anyone at the Coles supermarket between 2pm and 7pm on Tuesday and between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on Wednesday must get tested and isolate for 14 days.
Shoppers at certain times last Saturday will be casual contacts.
Fifteen of the cases were in the community for all or part of their infectious period, while 11 were in isolation for the entire time.
Five of the newly reported cases remain under investigation.
Ms Berejiklian said the current numbers reflected the days leading up to the announcement last Saturday of the 14-day lockdown of Greater Sydney and surrounds.
‘I will say that the next few days are critical,’ she told reporters.
‘Come early next week we do want to see that tide turned.’
Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant refused to be drawn on whether she would advise that the lockdown, due to end next Friday, be extended.
Dr Chant said she would be looking closely at the number of new cases which were in isolation and at unlinked chains of transmission.
Some 27 of the new cases are linked to previously confirmed cases.
NSW recorded 31 new locally acquired cases to 8pm on Thursday, the highest daily number in the state since the pandemic’s first wave in early 2020 (people line up for testing in Sydney)
Eight of the new cases are associated with a 24-year-old student nurse who worked up to five days while infectious with Covid-19.
The cluster around the nurse now tallies 10, including five healthcare or aged care workers. Four of them worked while infectious, while one did not.
Almost 400 staff and patients deemed close contacts are in isolation.
The alert follows earlier warnings for potential exposure sites including the T2 domestic terminal at Sydney Airport, the Des Renford Swimming Pool at Maroubra in Sydney’s east and Club Marconi at Bossley Park in the west.
The virus has been spreading more in retail settings amid lockdown than in hospitality venues, beauticians and hairdressers, Dr Chant said.
‘Please don’t go out and about shopping in retail if you’ve got any symptoms,’ she said.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the next few days are critical as cases continue to grow throughout Sydney
A record 73,602 people were tested in the 24-hour reporting period.
The record for the daily number of vaccines administered by NSW Health was also broken, with 21,289 people jabbed in the 24-hour period.
The record comes as pharmacies plead to be more involved in NSW’s vaccine rollout, having been enlisted on Thursday to administer jabs.
A trial involving 22 pharmacies in regional NSW administering AstraZeneca from mid-July is not enough, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia said.
The limited trial ‘still misses the mark’, NSW branch president Chelsea Felkai said, and the full pharmacist workforce should be deployed.
‘We desperately need a patient-centric approach that puts the community first, but it is apparent that the NSW government’s approach to the rollout does not support this,’ Ms Felkai said in a statement.
SYDNEY COVID EXPOSURE SITES REVEALED THURSDAY NIGHT
Anyone who attended any of the following venues at the times listed is a close contact and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.
Bluey’s Swim School. 14A/9-49 Chapel Road. Saturday June 26 all day and Sunday June 27 all day
Coles Bondi Junction Eastgate Shopping Centre. Tuesday June 29, 2pm to 7pm and Wednesday June 30, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Bossley Park: Club Marconi. 121-133 Prairie Vale Road. Friday June 25, 2.30pm to 8pm and Saturday June 26, 10.30am to 6pm.
Maroubra: Des Renford Swimming Pool. Cnr Jersey Road and Robey Street. Friday June 25, 10.45am to 12 noon.
Earlwood: Nieo’s Grille. 212-214 William Street. Friday June 25, 7pm to 7.15pm
Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and self-isolate until a negative result is received.
Eastgardens: Tong Li Asian Grocery Westfield. Shop 179, 152 Bunnerong Road. Thursday June 24. 2.45pm to 3.30pm
Mascot: Domestic Terminal 2, Sydney Airport. Shiers Avenue. Friday June 25, 11am to 11.30am
North Strathfield: Fitness First. Commercial Building (Building C) Foyer Bakehouse Quarter, 3a George Lane. Friday June 25, 10.50am to 11.10am
Haymarket: Jarern Chai Grocer and Boon Café. 425 Pitt Street. Friday June 25, 2.45pm to 3.30pm
Dover Heights: Archie’s Cafe 218 Military Road. Sunday June 27, 1.45pm to 2.15pm
Bondi: Porch and Parlour. 17/110 Ramsgate Avenue. Monday June 28, 7.50am to 8.10am
Bondi: Blair St Dairy. 27 Blair Street. Monday June 28, 8.00am to 8.30am
Bondi: La Piadina. 106 Glenayr Avenue. Tuesday June 29, 8.10am to 8.30am
Wetherill Park: KFC 561-583 Polding Street. Wednesday June 30, 5.50pm to 6.10pm
Coles Bondi Junction Eastgate Shopping Centre. Saturday June 26, 4.20pm to 4.40pm and 7pm to 8pm