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A Covid positive man from Sydney is wanted by police, after he allegedly failed to isolate as directed.

Anthony Karam tested positive for Covid-19, however police allege that he failed to isolate as directed by the Public Health Order.

The 27-year-old has evaded police, who have been trying to locate him "numerous" times.

"The NSW Police Force subsequently issued a warrant for Anthony’s arrest for failing to comply with the Public Health Order," NSW Police said in a statement.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant also released a statement regarding Mr Karam, warning the public about the risk he poses.

Anthony Karam allegedly breached the Public Health Act and failed to isolate after testing positive for Covid-19. Source: NSW Police
Anthony Karam allegedly breached the Public Health Act and failed to isolate after testing positive for Covid-19. Source: NSW Police

"Mr Anthony Karam, aged 27, and known to frequent Wentworth Point, has been diagnosed with Covid-19 and is infectious," Dr Chant's statement said.

"The community is warned to avoid contact with Mr Karam and not approach him.

"Anyone with information about Mr Karam's whereabouts should call Crime Stoppers or their local police station immediately."

The man is described as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance.

Police said he has an olive complexion and stands at around 170cm tall, with a thin build. He has short dark hair, with brown eyes, a beard and a moustache.

In addition to Wentworth Point, he is also known to frequent Greenacre and Parramatta.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant released the statement warning the public about Anthony Karam. Source: NSW Police
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant released the statement warning the public about Anthony Karam. Source: NSW Police

Anyone who sees Anthony is urged not to approach him but to instead call Triple Zero (000) immediately, police said in a statement on Friday night.

On Friday, NSW reported 644 new Covid-19 infections, while Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the extension of the Greater Sydney lockdown. On Saturday, daily case numbers surged to a record of 825

Citing challenges with compliance and growing case numbers, the 12 LGAs of concern will be subject to a curfew starting Monday, along with residents in those areas only being allowed to exercise outside for one hour a day.

"The government is now announcing its final measures to make sure we throw everything at getting the case numbers down," the premier said.

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