Sydney CBD cluster grows as NSW records nine new COVID-19 cases

Not out of the woods:
Not out of the woods: "It is vital that high rates of testing continue in order to find the source of the cases still under investigation and to identify and stop further spread of the virus."

Health authorities in NSW have confirmed nine new coronavirus infections in the 24 hours to 8.00pm on Wednesday.

All of the cases were locally acquired.

Five of the new cases were linked to a cluster in the Sydney CBD, and the other four were close contacts of previously reported cases.

There were 30,173 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with just under 26,000 in the previous reporting period.

NSW Health's Dr Jeremy Anulty said three of the new cases attended the Sydney Tattersalls gym, which brings the cluster associated with the CBD venue to eight.

"Anyone who attended [the gym] between 8am and 2pm on August 19, 21 or 23 is considered a close contact and you must get tested for COVID-19 and isolate at home for 14 days," he said.

NSW Health is also contacting all known attendees of the Hunters Hill Bowling Club indoor dining room on 23 August from 12pm to 2pm to advise they are close contacts of a case and must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days, and remain isolated for the entire period, even if the test result is negative.

"People who attended other areas of the club are considered close contacts and must monitor for symptoms and get tested if they develop," Dr McAnulty said.

People who attended the following locations are also considered casual contacts and must monitor for symptoms and if they develop, get tested right away and isolate:

  • 4Pines Manly Brew Bar The Esplanade - 23 August from 3.30pm to 5pm
  • Magpies Waitara restaurant - 24 August from 11.30am to 1:15pm
  • Fitness First Balgowlah - 23 August from 9am to 12pm (NSW Health is calling to advise any close contacts who must immediately self-isolate for 14 days)
  • Destro's Pharmacy 197-201 Victoria Road Drummoyne - 22 August from 11.20am to 11.40am
  • Fitness First Bond St - 20 and 21 August in the afternoon (NSW Health is calling to advise any close contacts who must immediately self-isolate for 14 days)

There are currently 74 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health, with six in intensive care and four ventilated.

"While case numbers have remained low in the past two weeks, the virus continues to circulate in the community and we must all be vigilant," Dr McAnulty said.

"It is vital that high rates of testing continue in order to find the source of the cases still under investigation and to identify and stop further spread of the virus."

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