Coronavirus NSW: Fears over possible Sydney super spreader

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People who attended any of the same church services as a woman who tested positive to Coronavirus have been asked to self-isolate and present for testing immediately after concerns the woman may be a super spreader.

The woman attended five different church services at five different locations between July 16 and 19 before she tested positive to the virus on Thursday.

NSW Health has cautioned people who attended the services to get tested, and remain in isolation for 14 days, even if they aren’t showing any symptoms.

St Brendan’s Catholic Church in Bankstown
St Brendan’s Catholic Church in Bankstown is one venue where the woman attended. Source: Google Maps

"If symptoms develop, get tested again," NSW Health said in a statement on Sunday.

The warning comes as 14 new cases are confirmed in NSW in the past 24 hours, with four of those linked to the church services.

The church services attended by the infected woman are:

  • July 16 at St Brendan’s Catholic Church Bankstown for one hour from 6.30pm.

  • July 17 at Ausia Funeral Services at Fairfield East between 1pm and 8pm.

  • July 18 for a funeral service at St Brendan’s Catholic Church Bankstown for one hour from 10am.

  • July 18 for a burial service at St John of God Lawn at Rookwood between 11.30-1pm.

  • July 19 at Our Lady of Mt Carmel at Mt Pritchard for one hour from 7.30am.

Meanwhile the cluster associated with the Thai Rock restaurant in Wetherill Park has risen by six new cases to 67 and is now the second largest cluster recorded in the state, after the Ruby Princess cruise ship which was linked to hundreds of cases and 20 deaths.

Four cases were associated with a cluster tied to a funeral service at St Brendan's Catholic Church, Bankstown last Saturday morning.

Thai Rock restaurant in Wetherill Park
The cluster associated with the Thai Rock restaurant in Wetherill Park is now the second largest cluster reported in Australia. Source: AAP

There have been no new cases linked to the Crossroads Hotel or Batemans Bay Soldiers Club clusters this weekend.

The number of people being treated by NSW Health for COVID-19 sits at 99. Four remain in intensive care, including one who is on a ventilator.

While most cases have been linked to known clusters, community transmission continues and NSW Health is calling on people across the state to adhere to social distancing and good hygiene in their efforts to stop the virus spreading.

with AAP

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