More Covid venue alerts in Sydney have been revealed with a busy bus route in the city’s south-west, a popular Kmart, and numerous supermarkets all exposed.
NSW Health released an expanded list late on Friday night with the Seven Hills Kmart and Better Health Pharmacy venues of particular concern.
Passengers on bus routes running to and from Bankstown have also been exposed to the virus and are urged to immediately get tested.
Wollongong Hospital staff were earlier told they must immediately get tested for Covid and isolate if they visited a nearby 7-Eleven store.
‘URGENT: If anyone went to the 7/11 near the hospital on July 6 or July 7 between the hours of 7.30am and 2pm you need to have a Covid test and self-isolate until a negative result is obtained,’ a message sent to staff on Friday and seen by The Daily Telegraph reads.
‘This must be done ASAP. Thank you.’
The 7-Eleven store in Wollongong is expected to be added to the NSW Health venue exposure list on Friday night.
Workers at Wollongong Hospital (pictured) have been told they need to urgently get tested for Covid if they visited a nearby convenience store popular with those on long shifts
Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Friday (pictured) announced another 97 Covid cases in NSW
A raft of new venues have already been revealed as Covid exposure sites in Sydney on Friday including an IKEA, a number of supermarkets, a busy pharmacy, and a popular fast food restaurant.
The state recorded 97 new local virus cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday, with at least 46 out in the community for part or all of their infectious period.
Five venues have been added to the list of close contact sites including the Marsden Park IKEA store where an infected staff member worked on July 12 and 13.
The Woolworths at Lennox Shopping Centre in Emu Plains and a Coles in Hurstville were also visited by a confirmed case.
A worker at a Lakemba butcher has also tested positive for Covid and worked his shift on July 10 and July 11.
While another positive case attended the Service NSW office at Liverpool in south-west Sydney on July 12 from 10am to 10.30am.
Anyone who was at these sites when a confirmed Covid case was also present must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.
A number of casual contact exposure sites were also revealed on Friday night by health officials including a KFC at Fairfield where a staff member worked on June 25 and June 26.
An infected staff member worked at the IKEA at Marsden Park (pictured) on July 12 and 13
Fairfield is one of the most concerning areas for authorities with essential workers in the LGA being told they must be tested for the virus every three days.
Hanson Concrete at Greenacre is also a venue of concern with a Covid infected worker working for seven straight full days from July 1 to July 7 while contagious.
Coles supermarkets at Hurstville and Fairfield have also been listed as casual contact exposure sites.
Anyone who visited these sites when a case was also present must immediately get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.
The vast majority of NSW cases on Friday were in the Fairfield council area, in the city’s south west (pictured: workers in Sydney in masks on Friday)
Confirmed Covid cases also recently visited as number of locations in Sydney’s east where the current outbreak first began in mid-June.
The Chemist Warehouse and the Coles at Bondi Junction were visited by a person with Covid on July 14.
While in Coogee two supermarkets have also been exposed – the Woolworths Metro at Coogee Bay Village and Maloney’s Grocer both on July 12.
The outbreak has passed 1000 cases since it began on June 16.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Friday said she expected the number of daily infections to surge again over the weekend, adding lockdown won’t end until the number of infectious people in the community nears zero.
Two pedestrians walk along the Bondi Beach boardwalk on Wednesday. Lockdown restrictions are in place across Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Wollongong
The KFC at Fairfield (pictured) has been listed as an exposure site by NSW Health on Friday night
She also stressed the NSW government ‘will not hesitate to go harder’ on current restrictions to further reduce mobility, should it be required.
The Australian Medical Association on Friday called for a harder NSW lockdown, including the closure of all non-essential retail and business activity. It also wanted stronger limits on travel distances from home.
But Ms Berejiklian said any new restrictions should have a clear health benefit.
‘We need to make sure that any decisions we take will have the desired effect of reducing those numbers,’ Ms Berejiklian told reporters.
‘The worst thing we could do is put in additional measures which don’t have the desired effect … that is why it is important for us to focus on the data.’
Three quarters of the new cases were recorded in the Fairfield local government area, which has become the epicentre of the outbreak.
More than 77,000 tests were recorded on Thursday – a new record.
Pictured: A resident grabs a coffee in Elizabeth Bay in Sydney as the city endures lockdown
NEW EXPOSURE SITES IN NSW RELEASED ON FRIDAY NIGHT
Anyone who was at the following venues at these times is a close contact and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.
Woolworths Lennox Shopping Centre at Emu Plains on July 10 from 4pm to 4.45pm
Service NSW at Liverpool on July 12 from 10am to 10.30am
Al Sultan Butchery at Lakemba on July 10 from 9am to 8pm and July 11 from 1.30pm to 8pm
Coles at Hurstville on July 10 from 11.40am to 12.30pm and July 12 from 9.15am to 6.15pm
IKEA at Marsden Park on July 12 from 12pm to 7.30pm and July 13 from 12pm to 4pm
NEW Seven Hills Kmart on 11 July 4pm – 4.25pm
NEW Seven Hills Better Health Pharmacy on 11 July 11.15am – 12pm, 12 July 4pm – 4.30pm, 13 July 2.45 – 3.15pm
NEW Grindley Constructions at Gordon 25 Bushlands Avenue on 12 July 7am – 1.30pm
Anyone who was at the following venues at these times is considered a casual contact and should immediately get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.
KFC at Fairfield on June 25 from 3.30pm to 11pm and June 26 from 3.30pm to 11pm
Hanson Concrete at Greenacre on July 1 through to July 7 for the whole day each day
KFC at Fairfield on July 6 from 3pm to 9pm, on July 10 from 3.30pm to 11.30pm and July 11 from 9am to 8.30pm
Costco Wholesale at Casula on July 7 from 12.50pm to 4pm
Hungry Jacks at East Greenacre on July 8 from 7.40pm to 8.10pm
Coles at Hurstville on July 8 from 9.15am to 4pm and July 13 from 10am to 3pm
Tobacconist and Gifts at Canley Heights on July 11 from 9am to 9.15am
BP at Bellfield on July 11 from 12.25pm to 12.45pm
I-Juice Plus at Lakemba on July 11 from 4.25pm to 4.40pm
Coles Fairfield Forum on July 11 from 3.30pm to 3.45pm
BWS at Fairfield Neeta City on July 11 from 6pm to 6.10pm
7-Eleven at Prairiewood on July 13 from 7.45am to 7.50am
NEW Seven Hills Anvil Lunchshop 1 July 9.25am – 9.35am Thursday 8 July 9.10am – 9.20am Friday 9 July 10.05am – 10.10am Monday 12 July 9.25am – 9.35am and 12.25pm – 12.35pm
NEW New Seven Hills Woolworths 5 July 3pm – 3.45pm
NEW West Wollongong 7-Eleven Tuesday 6 July 7.30am – 2pm Wednesday 7 July 7.30am – 2pm
NEW Hurstville Tong Li Supermarket Shop 8 July 4.05pm – 4.20pm
NEW Kellyville Aldi 10 July 3pm – 3.40pm
NEW Kellyville Woolworths 10 July 3.15pm – 3.40pm
NEW Fairfield Freshness 4 Less 12 July 4.25pm – 4.45pm
NEW Kingsford Randwick Oriental Anzac Parade 12 July 5pm – 6pm
NEW Clemton Park Coles 12 July 11.30am – 12pm
NEW Thornton 7-Eleven s 13 July 12.05pm – 12.11pm
NEW Eastern Creek Woolworths 13 July 1.50pm – 2.10pm
NEW Leppington Chemist Warehouse 12 July 4.20pm – 4.30pm and 5pm – 5.15pm
NEW Leppington Woolworths 14 July 3pm – 3.45pm Casula Costco Crossroads Homemaker Centre 15 July 11am – 11.45am
NEW Miller Aldi Miller Central 15 July 11.45am – 12pm
NEW Fairfield West Aldi 15 July 5.30pm – 6.30pm
NEW Fairfield Heights Boulevarde Traditional Bakery 11 July 9.30am – 10.30am
NEW Wakeley IGA 12 July 6pm – 7.15pm
NEW Chatswood ANZ 14 July 12pm – 1pm
NEW Artarmon Mazda 14 July 8am – 5.30pm Thursday 15 July 8am – 9am
NEW Fairfield Heights Woolworths 15 July 2.20pm – 3pm
NEW The following bus routes to and from Bankstown have been listed as casual contact exposure sites:
M91 Bus From Stacey Street at Marcella Street, to Bankstown Station, The Mall, Stand C Sunday 11 July Departed 10.17am – arrived 10.23am
M92 Bus From Bankstown Central, The Mall, Stand D, to Bankstown Station, Stand B Sunday 11 July Departed 10.55am – arrived 10.58am
945 Bus From Bankstown Central, The Mall, Stand A, to Stacey Street at Marcella Street Monday 12 July Departed 6.35pm – arrived 6.40pm
M91 Bus From Stacey Street at Marcella Street, to Restwell Street after Macauley Avenue Monday 12 July Departed 7.19am – arrived 7.21am
M90 Bus From Amour Street after Horsley Drive, to Bankstown Central, The Mall, Stand B Monday 12 July Departed 5.42pm – arrived 6.12pm
Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed must monitor for symptoms and if they appear get tested immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative result.
Wolli Creek Woolworths on July 8 from 1pm to 1.40pm
Casula Costco Wholesale on July 9 from 1.35pm to 2.10pm
Hurstville Woolworths on July 12 from 3.05pm to 3.25pm
Coogee Maloney’s Grocer on July 12 from 5.35pm – 6pm
Coogee Woolworths Metro Coogee Bay Village on July 12 from 5.40pm to 6pm
Hurstville Coles on July 12 from 3.35pm – 3.45pm Tuesday 13 July 3.25pm – 3.35pm Wednesday 14 July 10.30am – 11am
Revesby West Metro Petrol 10-12 Milperra Road Tuesday 13 July 5.30pm – 5.40pm
Hurstville Station Meat Westfield Hurstville, 12/225 Forest Rd Wednesday 14 July 10am – 10.20am
Bondi Junction Chemist Warehouse 133-135 Oxford St Wednesday 14 July 8am – 8.30am
Bondi Junction Coles 500 Oxford Street Wednesday 14 July 8am – 8.30am
Sydney’s outbreak of the Delta Covid strain is not yet under control despite three weeks of lockdown and cases dipping under 100 four days in a row.
A graph of all the new cases over the past week and the updated daily averages illustrates that infections are still on the rise.
And the infection rate has seen Australian Medical Association Omar Khorshid claim NSW will need to go harder – or face an ‘indefinite’ lockdown.
This is despite the number of new daily cases appearing to peak on July 12 at 112, with cases hovering between 65 and 97 in the four days since.
A graph of all the new cases over the past week and the updated daily averages illustrates that infections are still on the rise
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has repeatedly said numbers will continue to ‘bounce around’ as contact tracers work to stay on top of the virus’ spread.
However, she ominously said she would use tougher restrictions should the case rate continue to remain stubbornly high, she would impose tighter restrictions.
‘If Kerry Chant says we need to introduce to reduce mobility that is what we will do,’ she said.
But with the daily average increasing by about 10 each day over the last week alone, it’s clear to see that authorities are struggling to keep up.
Sydney’s outbreak of the Delta Covid strain is not yet under control despite three weeks of lockdown and daily cases dropping under 100. Pictured: People exercising in Rushcutters Bay
It’s unlikely Ms Berejiklian and chief health officer Kerry Chant will even consider easing Sydney’s lockdown until these figures stabilise and drop.
Sydney has been in lockdown for three weeks and the premier has already announced a two-week extension – but there are concerns stay-at-home orders will remain in place well beyond the expected date.
On Friday, New South Wales recorded a further 97 cases with 29 in the community for their entire infectious period.
While the number is still below this week’s peak, which occurred on Monday, Ms Berejiklian still expressed concerns that contact tracers still weren’t on top of the outbreak.
More than 77,000 people got tested for Covid overnight. The key to ending lockdown is still vaccination. Pictured: A vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NEW RESTRICTIONS:
THE UPDATED RESTRICTIONS IN GREATER SYDNEY, BLUE MOUNTAINS, CENTRAL COAST, WOLLONGONG AND SHELLHARBOUR:
– Outdoor public gatherings limited to two people (excluding members of the same household)
– People must exercise within 10km of their home
– No carpooling with members of other households
– Browsing at shops is prohibited, and only one person per household per day may leave the home for shopping
– Funerals limited to 10 people from July 11.
THE FOUR REASONS TO LEAVE HOME UNDER LOCKDOWN:
– Shopping for food or other essential goods and services (one person per household per day)
– Medical care or compassionate needs (only one visitor can enter another residence in circumstances of compassionate needs)
– Exercise with no more than one other person (unless members of the same household)
– Essential work or education where you cannot work or study from home.
‘Please know that every time Dr Chant gives us proposals, we act within hours as we did,’ she said.
‘We will take whatever decision is required to have this lockdown go for as short shorter period as possible.’
Professor Emma McBryde, a disease modeller at James Cook University, said Sydney’s best case scenario is the lockdown will lift in about three to four weeks’ time – probably the latter.
Prof. McBryde said the Delta variant of the virus shows no signs of abating in Sydney and case numbers will continue to rise for at least a few days.
There have been complaints that Sydney’s lockdown is too lax (pictured Bondi on Friday)
Authorities will then have to determine when the virus has peaked ‘and then you have to start chasing those numbers down to zero’.
‘Probably four weeks from now, would be a minimum,’ she said – or about August 9. Even then, the restrictions will ease only slowly.
The Burnet Institute’s Professor Mark Stoové has warned there was a two week lag between Victoria introducing harsh Stage Four restrictions and case numbers finally falling.
Melbourne’s strict lockdown successfully brought the virus to heel but went further than Sydney’s current suite of restrictions.
How to claim the $600 lockdown payment if you lose work
Sydney residents who lose more than 20 hours of work a week can claim a $600 disaster payment from the federal government, and those who lose less than 20 hours can claim $375.
To claim the cash you’ll need a Centrelink online account linked to your myGov. It’s easy to set these up.
Once you’re logged in, you will be asked a few questions about your situation to see if you’re eligible.
Officials need to know if you lived or worked in a Covid-19 hotspot that’s under lockdown or restricted movement.
Once you’ve completed your claim, hit submit and officials will process it for you.
You don’t need to call them, they’ll send you an SMS when you successfully submit your claim.
If you are eligible, officials will make a payment into your bank account and send you a letter with the details.
For more information click here