Train passenger with virus symptoms rushed from Sydney's Central Station

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A man who arrived in Sydney by train on Saturday has been taken to a hotel after presenting coronavirus symptoms.

The man, who was on the Melbourne-to-Sydney train with 59 others, arrived at Central Station at 7:30am, according to News.com.au.

He had boarded the train in regional NSW and is not from Victoria.

A NSW Health spokesperson told the publication the man told medical authorities at the station that he was not feeling well.

NSW Health officials wearing protective clothing wait for travelers to disembark the XPT Train from Melbourne at Central Station in Sydney, Friday, July 3, 2020. NSW has eased a number of coronavirus restrictions while keeping a wary eye on outbreaks in southern neighbour Victoria. (AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi) NO ARCHIVING
NSW Health officials wearing protective clothing wait for travelers to disembark the XPT Train from Melbourne at Central Station in Sydney. Source: AAP

He was rushed to an inner-city hotel by ambulance to quarantine and is awaiting his coronavirus test result.

Another male traveller in his 50’s was also taken to quarantine on Friday after arriving at Central Station and is now facing a potential $11,000 fine for leaving a COVID-19 hotspot in Melbourne.

NSW Health staff have been screening passengers arriving by interstate trains at Central Station since Thursday and tests are also being conducted at Sydney airport.

It comes as concerns over coronavirus hotspots in Victoria continue to grow.

Six news cases in NSW

A Central Coast high school student is among six new cases of COVID-19 reported in NSW.

NSW Health on Saturday confirmed the 18-year-old man from Green Point Christian College was the possible case reported on Friday.

"However, results indicate this is a past infection and not an active case," the department said in a statement.

The school on Friday announced it had closed for the day, however, it later reported that the student had been cleared "and is not infectious".

"NSW Health has advised that no further action is required by the school, but as always, they encourage anyone who develops symptoms to be tested," the school's principal Phillip Nash said on Facebook.

The five other cases reported on Saturday are all returned travellers currently in hotel quarantine, NSW Health said.

The state's total number of cases is 3216. One person is in intensive care and 63 cases are being treated.

A total of 16,556 coronavirus tests were notified in the reporting period, with the state now having carried out more than 900,000 tests.

Almost 190 coronavirus cases reported among crew on the Ruby Princess cruise ship have been reclassified as Australian cases, NSW Health said.

The 189 historic cases are now included in NSW totals reported by the federal health department and will be reported as Australian cases to the World Health Organisation under international reporting obligations.

NSW Health staff have been screening passengers arriving by interstate trains
NSW Health staff have been screening passengers arriving by interstate trains at Central station since Thursday. Source: AAP

"The cases were reported by NSW Health at the time of diagnosis, but were not included in NSW totals as they were on board the ship and not in NSW when diagnosed," NSW Health said.

"The cases were not associated with any further transmissions in Australia as they were managed on board the cruise ship."

Health Minister Brad Hazzard has urged anyone who visited a Woolworths store in Balmain on June 27 and 28 to come forward for testing after a male employee was confirmed to have the virus.

The man had been in hotel quarantine in Victoria from June 11 to June 26 after flying in from Bangladesh, and tested positive to COVID-19 on the fourth day of his quarantine period.

Newmarch House residents tested

Four residents from Newmarch House have been tested for coronavirus after showing flu-like symptoms.
Four residents from Newmarch House have been tested for coronavirus after showing flu-like symptoms. Source: AAP

Four residents from Newmarch House aged care home have undergone coronavirus testing after displaying flu-like symptoms Anglicare confirmed.

“Four residents at Newmarch House have been tested for COVID-19 today after displaying symptoms of respiratory illness.

“One resident has returned a negative result and the other test results are expected to be available later this evening,” an Anglicare spokesperson said in a statement on Saturday.

All residents without symptoms are being urged to stay in their rooms and continue social distancing.

Nineteen residents at Newmarch House died after being diagnosed with coronavirus earlier this year.

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