Coronavirus: NSW records highest spike in two weeks as Sydney cluster grows

NSW has recorded the highest number of daily coronavirus cases in two weeks as a Sydney CBD cluster continues to grow.

On Friday, Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant confirmed the state had 13 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours.

Of those, one was a returned traveller in hotel quarantine, six are linked to a Sydney CBD cluster, four were locally acquired with an unknown source and two are close contacts of previously reported cases.

A woman walks past the Sydney CBD skyline wearing a face mask. Source: AAP
A woman walks past the Sydney CBD skyline wearing a face mask. Source: AAP

The highest number of cases that was last reported by NSW was on August 12, with 18 infections.

The Sydney CBD cluster includes cases who went to the City Tattersalls Club.

Dr Chant said further investigations found anyone who attended the club on Monday, August 24 from 8am to 2pm was now deemed a close contact and must get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days, even if the test comes back negative.

“This cluster has grown significantly, and we have received additional cases linked to this cluster overnight,” she said.

“So, again, it highlights how quickly COVID-19 can spread in the sense we have a seeding event, its amplification and then that has seeded other workplaces and led to exposure in the community to a number of venues that we have announced so I would urge the public to go on to our website, familiarise yourself with our health alerts and the venues.

“We are asking people to be vigilant and monitor for symptoms and also assess if you have been present in any of the locations where we are asking you to self isolate.”

Two schools closed for coronavirus cleaning

Two Sydney schools have been closed on Friday for on-site learning and are being cleaned.

A student of St Gertrude’s Catholic Primary School in Smithfield, in Sydney’s west, and a staff member at Ryde Secondary College, in the city’s northwest, have tested positive.

The staff member tested late last night and will be included NSW’s numbers on Saturday.

“All staff and students of both schools have been asked to self-isolate while close contacts are identified and contacted,” NSW Health said in a statement.

“Two new cases are household contacts of previously reported cases who have not been linked to a known cluster.

“Wyndham College Quakers Hill, Schofields Public School and Riverstone High School have been cleaned and are re-opening today. Close contacts are in self-isolation.”

Another of Friday’s cases went to Anytime Fitness gym in Marrickville on Monday, August 24 from 7pm to 8pm.

Anyone at the gym at this time is considered a close contact and is required to immediately get tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate for 14 days until September 8.

People who attended these venues are considered close contacts and have been advised to monitor for symptoms, and immediately isolate and get tested for COVID-19 should symptoms develop:

  • The Matterhorn, Turramurra: Saturday, August 22 from 6pm to 8pm

  • Parish of Holy Name, Wahroonga: Sunday, August 23 from 9.30am to 10.15am

  • Liquorland, Marrickville: Sunday, August 23 from 5.15pm to 5.30pm

  • Eat Fuh, Marrickville: Sunday, August 23 from 5.20pm to 5.40pm

  • Metro Petroleum, Hurlstone Park: Monday, August 24 from 10.20am to 10.30am

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