H&M, gyms and Coles among latest surge of Covid sites

·Associate News Editor
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Exposure sites across Sydney have surged again overnight as health authorities try and curtail the spread of the highly-infectious Delta Covid-19 variant.

Dozens of new locations and transports routes were added late on Wednesday night and includes a busy shopping centre in the densely populated suburb of Zetland.

The East Village Shopping Centre, alongside a Coles inside the complex, are listed as casual contact exposure sites, where visitors at the specified times must isolate, get tested and await their results.

Among six close contact locations is a CBD H&M on King Street. Anyone who visited between 10.45am and 11.45am on June 21 must isolate for 14 days and get tested.

H&M in the CBD has been identified as a close contact exposure site. Source: Google Maps
H&M in the CBD has been identified as a close contact exposure site. Source: Google Maps

As should those who attended Fitness First Maroubra on June 24 for half an hour until 9.10am.

Two stores inside the expansive Eastgardens Westfield are also listed as casual contact sites. Big W and EB Games have listings for June 23 and June 24 respectively.

There are half a dozen close contact bus routes the majority serving the Randwick LGA.

Sydney on track despite exposure in two hospitals

While the list of sites and transport routes nears 400 locations, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it was pleasing the state had so far avoided a large spike in cases health authorities envisaged.

She said if residents continued to follow the health advice and current trajectory continued, restrictions would likely be eased on July 9 as planned. There were 22 local cases announced on Wednesday, slightly up from 19 on Tuesday and 18 on Monday.

However, all three daily totals this week are lower than the 29 and 30 recorded over the weekend.

Of concern to health authorities is the movement of an unvaccinated student nurse while infectious.

More than 100 patients and staff are isolating amid fears of an outbreak at two Sydney hospitals she worked in for five days while infectious.

The 24-year-old Sydney woman worked for up to five days while infectious in Fairfield Hospital's rehabilitation ward and the cardiology ward and general abdominal surgery ward at Royal North Shore Hospital.

"It's much too early to tell whether we will have any transmission," Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said on Wednesday. The nurse's case will be included in Thursday's official total.

NSW Health apologises for MP bungle

NSW Health has apologised to Customer Services Minister Victor Dominello for giving him incorrect advice about his exposure to a Covid-19 positive cabinet colleague.

Mr Dominello is back in isolation after the department mistakenly told him he no longer needed to quarantine after being in contact with positive case Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall last week at Parliament House.

While he was in attendance at the daily Covid-19 press conference with Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant on Wednesday, he was later told to isolate after being classified again as a close contact.

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