Coronavirus: Sydney cluster revelation as new hotspots emerge

Authorities have established a link between two Thai Rock restaurants at the centre of Sydney’s coronavirus clusters.

NSW announced 21 new cases of coronavirus on Friday after 18 were reported on Thursday.

Of the 21 new cases, six were associated with the Apollo restaurant at Potts Point, two were associated with Thai Rock at Wetherill Park in the city’s southwest, three were associated with the Our Lady of Lebanon cluster.

Two were associated with the Mounties club. Two are travellers in hotel quarantine, one was acquired in Victoria.

In total, 94 cases are linked to the Thai Rock at Wetherill Park venue and 19 are linked to the Potts Point cluster.

A general view of the exterior of Thai Rock restaurant in Potts Point in Sydney, Australia.
A general view of the exterior of Thai Rock restaurant in Potts Point in Sydney, Australia.

NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant on Friday said authorities had found the COVID-19 link between the two Thai Rock restaurants at Wetherill Park and Potts Point – subsequently introduced to The Apollo, also at Potts Point.

Until now, it wasn’t clear if both Thai Rock restaurants had a clear link in outbreaks of coronavirus.

“We are awaiting further genome sequencing to see how that’s further linked to The Apollo and we’ll update the community once all that data is in hand,” she told the station.

She reiterated that despite the legal 20-person cap in NSW on indoor and outdoor gatherings, people should limit gatherings to 10 people.

"We know most transmission events occur in an indoor environment, we know household-type gatherings are more likely to transmit," Dr Chant told 2GB radio.

"Think twice about having those gatherings up to 20 and minimise your contacts with others and minimise social events and movements just at this period while we're putting out spot fires."

More Sydney venues linked to coronavirus clusters

More Sydney venues have been linked to coronavirus clusters including a pub near the CBD.

The health department said a confirmed case visited Matinee Coffee in Marrickville on 26 July between 8am and 9am and on 27 July between 7am to 7.45am. Anyone who went to the cafe during this time period and feels unwell is being urged to get tested.

Another confirmed case went to Tan Viet in Cabramatta on 23 July from midday to 2pm and a third went to Harpoon and Hotel Harry in Surry Hills on 26 July, from 2.15pm to 11pm in the indoor dining areas.

Health care workers are seen at a  pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic in Rushcutters Bay in Sydney, Australia.
Healthcare workers at a COVID-19 clinic in Rushcutters Bay. Source: Getty Images

People who went to Tan Viet are being urged to get tested and self-isolate while those who went to the Surry Hills pub in the same timeframe must also self-isolate.

Urgent warning about Sydney gym after coronavirus diagnosis

NSW Health also advised on Thursday a positive case, who had attended the Apollo restaurant at Potts Point, also attended Fitness First gym at St Leonards on Monday July 27 between 9am -10.30am, and visited Woolworths at Crows Nest on Monday between 10.30 and 11am.

People who were at the gym at the same time must self-isolate and get tested. Customers and staff who were at the Woolworths store during the specified time are considered casual contacts. They should continue to monitor for symptoms and get tested if they become unwell.

Hygiene marshals will be required at NSW gyms from Saturday to ensure equipment is cleaned, hand sanitiser is available and social distancing is maintained, while gyms will need to register a COVID-safe plan.

The uptick in Sydney cases has prompted Queensland to ban all Greater Sydney residents from entering the state from Saturday.

with AAP

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